2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT SUV
Uniquely Subaru, the Forester offers features and driving traits uncommon in the segment. Its AWD and ground clearance make it a capable off-roader in mild terrain. It's big inside and, when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, quite quick. You'll pay extra for the turbo and CVT, but they're worth it to the right buyer.
PerformanceThe Forester's drivetrain performance, largely because of its turbo power, is better than most competitors. The CVT transmission offers multiple manual-shift options and adjustable response via SI-Drive. Handling is only average.
With 250 horsepower, the Forester XT is quick. Its CVT offers tuneable manual-shift modes via SI-Drive to offer varying levels of response. Paddle shifters make it more fun.
Though its stopping distance from 60 mph is shorter than most competitors, the event is accompanied by ample ABS commotion and dive. Still, overall it's well controlled.
Electrically assisted steering provides intuitive feedback, though it's no better than the competition.
With slalom and skid pad numbers slightly lower than its primary competitors, the Forester rates below average. It's tall and has ample body roll, though it's easy to control.
Low-end torque is sufficient to get the Forester moving without big throttle openings. Multiple throttle and transmission calibrations offer a personality to match any driver.
The Forester's 1,500-pound tow capacity is average for the segment.
The Forester's X mode provides easy low-speed torque modulation and effective hill-descent control. A clutch-type center differential couples with individual-wheel brake control.
ComfortOverall comfort is good in the Forester due to a plush ride, soft but supportive seats and reasonable quietness.
The seats in the Forester are wide, flat and fairly soft. Adjustability is good and most drivers will appreciate the upright driving position.
With a fairly plush ride, the Forester is a comfortable all-day cruiser. Because of this, it won't win any awards for handling response.
Even full-throttle pulls don't significantly disturb the Forester's cabin, which remains impressively impervious to tire, wind and engine noise.
InteriorThere's nothing special about the Forester's interior quality or design, but it offers some unique features that its competitors don't. A full-featured instrument display includes oil temperature, fuel economy history and more.
Most controls work well. Climate system is a three-knob, multi-button affair. The steering wheel has controls for phone, audio volume, cruise control and SI-Drive.
Though it may not appear as such, the Forester is as tall as a Toyota RAV4. This makes ingress/egress relatively easy, but it's still only average for the segment. Doors open wide.
Perceived space is good inside the Forester with pillars pushed far from the occupant's heads. Rear seat space is ample, even for large adults.
Rear-quarter visibility is good thanks to reasonably small pillars. Though its deck is high, there's a rear-view camera.
Cargo volume, at 34.4 cu-ft, is marginally less than the best in the class. But the 74.7 cu-ft it offers with the rear seat folded is excellent.
ValueWhen fully optioned, the Forester costs more than most rivals. But it's also more powerful and more capable off road. It's also on par with the biggest CUV in the segment when it comes to cargo space. So you pay more, but you get more.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Typical Subaru build quality is on display here. There's nothing particularly special nor are there any real problems with the way the Forester is screwed together.
Decent off-road ability, adjustable powertrain calibration and good ground clearance make the Forester stand out in this segment.
Whether the Forester is worth the asking price depends on if its unique features (plentiful power, off-road ability, cargo space) are valuable to you.
We recorded only 21.6 mpg during 900 miles of mixed driving, which is well below the EPA's 25-mpg combined rating. Turbochargers will do that. EPA city/highway ratings are 23/28.
The Forester's 5 yr/60,000 mile powertrain warranty is average. Basic warranty is 3 years/36,000 miles. Roadside assistance is 3 years/36,000 miles.
This new Forester is a different kind of SUV because it's off-road capable and large enough for family adventures, yet still carlike to drive.
Fun To DriveIf mild off-roading is your idea of fun, then the Forester is going to be a blast. In truth, it's far more capable than most will ever need. And it still drives like a car on the street.
The Forester is both large and quick, a combination that doesn't really exist elsewhere in the segment. Its AWD allows dynamic moves you wouldn't pull off in most crossovers.
Subarus are rarely devoid of personality and the Forester is no exception. It's big inside, unique looking and capable off road. If these things matter, it might be your car.
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