2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Very well designed and reliabl

2014 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Very well designed and reliable, but some poor MPGs
By rickallen on


2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


I leased a 2014 2.5i Touring with Eyesight back in October and have now driven it 3,000+ miles, 2000 on a road trip. It's my 2nd Subaru, and I'm impressed by the amount of boxes they can tick for interior space, design, capability, etc. I'm a 6'4" guy so space and comfort are big points for me. My only complaint with this and our last Subaru (same powertrain, 2.5 w CVT) is the MPG. Both of my Subarus were rated at 24/32. Our Legacy came in at 26 average across the 32,000 miles we drove it last year. Thus far with the Forester we're at 23. On the highway going the speed limit, I'm not able to break 27 with either car. Going below 60 is the only way which is dangerous for me and others

Best Features

Front seats - much better back support than in the Legacy. I logged 2000 miles this past week with very little pain or discomfort at all. CVT - very smooth and responsive. Interior space - tons of room for passengers and stuff. HK Stereo - Having a good stereo makes the miles go by easier for me. EyeSight Cruise Control - this made the trip so easy and let me "set it and forget it". It removes a big factor for fatigue in long drives and lets me just do the steering. Keyless entry and start - it's just convenient. Auto-dimming mirrors all around - no more bright lights behind me. Huge sunroof

Worst Features

Post actual MPG numbers - the 24/32 rating is terribly optimistic. For most HIGHWAY driving, I was only able to manage between 21 and 23 mpg going the speed limit on cruise control. Going without cruise control, it goes up to 24. On one smaller highway with a 55mph limit I was able to hit 30, but that just isn't possible on the interstate without being a nuisance and a danger. Aerodynamics - this car is highly susceptible to cross-winds and provided a wrestling match and a generally busy wheel the whole drive. The Legacy was much smoother and calmer. Less alarmist lane departure warning - no lane is wide enough for me to not set this off with how jittery the steering is.
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By eja6
on 03/20/14 10:47 AM (PDT)

Like you, I found the mileage to be much less than advertised. I'm afraid the problem is the CVT - mine hunts up and down the ratios when I drive at 70 mph, especially in less than flat terrain. The 2.5 NA drivetrain is underpowered, which really shows at higher speeds. Unlike you, I detest the CVT - my first of the type and my last.

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