Used 2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester
List price range
$9,995 - $22,989

Pros

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • roomy interior
  • very good fuel economy
  • stout turbocharged engine
  • off-road capability still a priority.

Cons

  • Finicky touchscreen electronics interface
  • base engine is raucous at higher rpm.

Used 2014 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
74,862 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i PZEV
List$14,751
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
54,923 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Limited PZEV
List$17,401
Est.Loan: $317/mo
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2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited AWD in Ice Silver Metallic, BLUETOOTH, HEATED SEATS, LEATHER INTERIOR, LOCAL TRADE, LOW MILES, MOONROOF. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
79,029 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Limited PZEV
(2)
Farrish Subaru
15.6 mi away
List$15,988
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
93,915 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$12,981
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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3.70 Axle Ratio,17%2522 x 7.0J Aluminum Alloy Wheels,Cloth Upholstery,Radio%3A AM/FM Stereo w/HD Radio & Single CD Player,Rugged Package %25231,Rear Bumper Cover,Splash Guard Kit,All Weather Floor Mats,Auto-Dimming Mirror Compass,Luggage Compartment Cover,Aero Cross Bar Set,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,6 Speakers,Air Conditioning,Electronic Stability Control,Front Bucket Seats,Front Center Armrest,Tachometer,ABS brakes,AM/FM radio,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front reading lights,Heated door mirrors,Heated front seats,Illuminated entry,Knee airbag,Low tire pressure warning,MP3 decoder,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Overhead console,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power driver seat,Power moonroof,Power steering,Power windows,Radio data system,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Rear window wiper,Remote keyless entry,Roof rack%3A rails only,Security system,Speed control,Split folding rear seat,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Variably intermittent wipers,Powertrain warranty%3A 60 months/60,000miles,Exterior Parking Camera Rear
Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
102,786 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Touring PZEV
List$15,690
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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"Satin White Pearl 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring AWD Lineartronic CVT 2.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT Navigation
Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
82,398 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$14,588
Est.Loan: $272/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
76,811 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i PZEV
(20)
Hersons Kia
18.3 mi away
List$13,991
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
54,804 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i PZEV
List$14,950
Est.Loan: $279/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
71,464 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Touring PZEV
Fitzgerald Genesis
20.2 mi away
List$16,988
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
35,932 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Touring PZEV
List$19,794
Est.Loan: $361/mo
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Dynamic and innovative in design, our Clean Carfax 1-Owner 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited is shown proudly in Ice Silver Metallic. Our Forester combines a 170hp Boxer 4 Cylinder with a seamless shifting CVT that delivers incredible fuel economy up to 32mpg%2521. Combine this technology with a time tested symmetrical All Wheel Drive system with nearly 9 inches of ground clearance and you can go just about anywhere. Inside, the over sized rear hatch assures almost anything will fit in the cargo area and the wider door openings make for an easy entry and exit. This vehicle is loaded with GPS navigation and heated seats. Our Forester includes Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and a USB port for older devices that will satisfy most music junkies. Our Limited adds the X-Mode system, which delivers better control in some driving as well as adding hill descent control. It also has the All-Weather Package, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, chrome exterior trim, cargo tray, fog-lights, leather seats, power lift gate, rear spoiler and reclining rear seats. Most importantly your safety is top priority with incredible features like a rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain airbags to keep all the inside occupants safe. Forester, is one of the safest and most reliable crossovers on the road today%2521 Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership%2521 4WD/AWD,ABS Brakes,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Automatic Headlights,Cargo Area Tiedowns,CD Player,Child Safety Door Locks,Cruise Control,Daytime Running Lights,Deep Tinted Glass,Driver Airbag,Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat,Electrochromic Exterior Rearview Mirror,Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror,Electronic Brake Assistance,Electronic Parking Aid,Fog Lights,Front Power Lumbar Support,Front Side Airbag,High Intensity Discharge Headlights,Keyless Entry,Leather Seat,Load Bearing Exterior Rack,Locking Pickup Truck Tailgate,Manual Sunroof,Navigation Aid,Passenger Airbag,Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror,Power Door Locks,Power Sunroof,Power Windows,Rear Spoiler,Rear Window Defogger,Rear Wiper,Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls,Side Head Curtain Airbag,Steering Wheel Mounted Controls,Tachometer,Telescopic Steering Column,Tilt Steering,Tilt Steering Column,Tire Pressure Monitor,Traction Control,Trip Computer,Vehicle Anti-Theft,Vehicle Stability Control System
Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
60,029 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Touring PZEV
List$17,898
Est.Loan: $326/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
15,072 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i PZEV
List$17,789
Est.Loan: $324/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
82,660 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Touring PZEV
List$17,693
Est.Loan: $322/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
97,110 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i PZEV
List$9,995
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
49,696 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.0XT Touring
List$19,500
Est.Loan: $355/mo
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2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Crystal Black Silica ONE OWNER, ALLOY WHEELS, LEATHER SEATING, REAR VIEW CAMERA, PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM, POWER MOONROOF, NAVIGATION, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, TOTAL CONFIDENCE 3 MONTH/3K MILE WARRANTY!, Auto-Dimming Mirror Compass, Driver's Side Mirror, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting, Exterior Mirror Hardware Kit, Navigation System, Passenger's Side Mirror, Popular Package #1, Rear Bumper Cover, Seat Back Cargo Net. AWD Lineartronic CVT 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Turbocharged Intercooled You will have TOTAL CONFIDENCE in purchasing a pre-owned vehicle here at Koons of Silver Spring. Every pre-owned vehicle comes with a minimum of a 3 month/3,000 mile comprehensive warranty! Please call 301-890-6100 for further details on your used car purchase in Silver Spring. All prices are plus, tax, tags, and $300 processing fee. Koons of Silver Spring has the BEST selection of used cars in the area with the MOST competitive pricing in the market! FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE OWNER, ALEX PERDIKIS, DIRECT AT ALEX@KOONSOFSILVERSPRING.COM ! Please come see us today at Koons of Silver Spring if you are looking for a new Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, or used car in the Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Columbia, Wheaton, Washington DC, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Silver Spring areas.
Subaru Forester 2014 2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
147,192 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.0XT Touring
List$10,000
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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Subaru Forester
2.5i Premium PZEV
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Subaru Forester 2014 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
110,167 miles
Used 2014
Subaru Forester
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$13,100
Est.Loan: $245/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A full redesign brings better fuel efficiency as well as greater interior room and refinement for the 2014 Subaru Forester. It's a top pick for a small to midsize crossover SUV.

vehicle overview

We've long been impressed by the Subaru Forester's blend of utility, carlike comfort and all-weather capability. The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester follows the same recipe, but Subaru has made key improvements: It's a bit larger than before so there's more interior room to accommodate families. In addition, fuel economy, never a strength of the previous Forester, now ranks near the top of the small-to-midsize crossover class thanks to updated engines and transmissions.

Much of the Subaru Forester's enduring appeal lies in the fact that it offers most of the traditional SUV attributes people really want and use -- full-time all-wheel drive, a little bit of extra ground clearance and hatchback utility -- without the bulk of a full-blown SUV. The 2014 Subaru Forester is still no Jeep or Range Rover off road, but with more ground clearance than its crossover competitors, the Forester is tough enough to tackle most dirt roads (or your driveway after a snowstorm), yet it still drives like a car in any other situation.

More important for most consumers, though, is the debut of a more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the 2014 Subaru Forester. It replaces last year's four-speed automatic, and it's the driving force behind the 2014 Forester's higher fuel economy ratings. Meanwhile, a six-speed manual transmission replaces last year's five-speed manual and also provides slighter better fuel economy than before. You still have two engine choices on the Subaru Forester: The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder carries over and continues to provide adequate power, but there's also a new, optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's more potent than the Forester XT's previous 2.5-liter turbo.

Inside, the cabin looks more contemporary than before and is fitted with higher-quality materials. You'll notice an increase in rear-seat legroom along with an even more expansive cargo area. Dropping the rear seats creates a vast hold that can handle anything from a full day of warehouse shopping to the bikes, tents and kayaks that the Forester's traditionally outdoor-oriented clientele like to bring along.

Of course, Subaru isn't the only automaker offering a quality small crossover SUV. The Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape handle better on-road and have nicer interiors, while it's tough to beat the all-around appeal of the nicely packaged Honda CR-V. There's no going wrong with the well-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, either. Given all the competition in the compact-to-midsize crossover SUV class, we certainly recommend shopping around some. But if interior space and light-duty off-road capability are priorities for you, the 2014 Subaru Forester is a solid choice.

trim levels & features

The 2014 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring, all with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring, both with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Satellite radio is optional.

The 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, a multifunction display, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a fold-down rear armrest, HD radio capability and six speakers for the sound system. Once you get to the 2.5i Premium trim, available options are an All-Weather package (heated side mirrors and heated front seats) and a touchscreen navigation system with 6.1-inch display that incorporates voice controls.

The 2.5i Limited comes standard with the All-Weather package and all of the above, plus automatic headlights, a power rear liftgate, chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control, an LCD display in the instrument cluster, leather upholstery, reclining rear seatbacks and a cargo area tray. The navigation system is again optional.

The 2.5i Touring makes the navigation system standard and also adds upgraded gauges, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, a one-touch control to fold the rear seatback and auto-close and memory functions for the power liftgate.

Moving to the 2.0XT Premium brings all the equipment of the 2.5i Premium, plus the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and CVT, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2.0XT Touring's equipment is pretty much the same as what's on the 2.5i Touring. Optional for the Touring models is the Driver Assist Technology package that includes adaptive cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, xenon headlamps and the Eyesight system that integrates adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking functions.

performance & mpg

The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i trim levels feature a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (or "boxer") four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models, and a CVT is optional. The CVT is standard on all other trim levels; it takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission and provides similar functionality.

The new CVT delivers a serious fuel economy upgrade on base-engine Subaru Foresters: The EPA rates CVT-equipped 2.5i models at 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. If you get the manual transmission, the numbers drop to 22 city/29 highway and 24 combined. In Edmunds instrumented testing, a CVT-equipped Forester 2.5i Limited accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds during Edmunds.com testing, which is quicker than average among small crossovers equipped with a base engine.

More performance is available if you choose the 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder that's standard on both 2.0XT models. It churns out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque when fueled with the recommended premium octane, and comes only with the CVT.

Even the 2.0XT models provide solid efficiency, though, as they're rated at 23 mpg city/28 highway and 25 combined. In Edmunds testing, a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is exceptionally quick for a crossover SUV.

Every 2014 Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited and all 2.0XT models have an additional X-Mode feature that optimizes engine response, transmission shift points, stability control system intervention and the AWD system to improve traction on slippery surfaces. These models also include hill descent control.

safety

Every 2014 Subaru Forester includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag. A rearview camera is standard for all but the base 2.5i. Lane departure warning and a collision mitigation system (imminent collision warning and pre-collision braking under 19 mph) are optional for the Touring models.

During Edmunds brake testing, the Forester 2.0XT stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, a good number for this class. The Forester 2.5i made this same stop in 126 feet, which is a little worse than average among small crossovers.

In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2014 Forester received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

driving

With a little extra weight than before, the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester isn't going to set any speed records with the 170 hp that comes from its standard four-cylinder engine. The new CVT, as with most CVTs, isn't as refined as a conventional automatic. But as it delivers a notable improvement in fuel economy, whatever it lacks in those final degrees of civility and smoothness can be forgiven.

In normal day-to-day use, the Forester provides stable and composed handling. But its trump card remains its extra dollop of off-road capability, which comes via its higher-than-normal ground clearance and new "X Mode" that adjusts the Forester's stability control, gearing and throttle response to maximize traction in the dirt.

interior

The 2014 Subaru Forester's new interior is visually more appealing, with an updated design, layout and materials that bring it closer to rivals that have gone more upscale with interior trims and accessories. But make no mistake: The simplicity that seems to be a Subaru design philosophy pretty much remains intact unless you add the optional navigation system or opt for the Touring trim.

What may be more important for most people is that the 2014 Forester's all-new platform adds a massive 3.7 inches of rear legroom. Also helping is the stadium-type placement of the rear seats, which should allow most passengers a better view out the front, given the sight lines above the front seatbacks.

The 2014 Forester ups its already large cargo area by more than 6 cubic feet, to a whopping total of 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2014 Subaru Forester.

Happy after 2 weeks
chicagoblues, 5/8/2013
I've had my '14 Forester in the Limited trim model and I've been delighted. So many things people have already noted are true: the terrific visibility, the great mileage, the quality of the interior features, the quiet and stable ride. I've noticed, too, that it has a nimble feel, with a very tight turning radius. Responsive steering, perfectly adequate acceleration with the CVT normally aspirated engine. I'm happy with the sound system--I went for the tweeter upgrade--and I like the all weather package, power lift gate and leather which are standard on the Limited.
Great little car
john_in_tc, 12/14/2013
We have owned our Forester for a little over three months and put on about 3,500 miles. I thought I would try and give some insights that might not be apparent on a one hour test drive.
First subaru
fannibal, 2/9/2014
I've had my car for 2 weeks and I absolutely love it! It is definitely a practical buy, so people looking for prestige/performance should look elsewhere. mpg is great, I am getting 28-30 in the first few hundred miles, even though I am mostly in 20-30mph traffic during most of my commute. I recently drove through a major snowstorm in the northeast and this thing performed wonderfully!
UPDATE 60,000 Mile Review ---> Now at 78,000 miles
Daxer, 9/9/2015
This is an update to my earlier review posted on 09/09/15 (I got an email notice from Edmund asking me to do so, so what the heck). Apparently there's a word limit, which I'd reached with my first review, so please refer to that original post to see my full review although I'll touch on a couple of items mentioned earlier. It's been 6 months and another 18,000 miles since my first post (yes, I drive a lot of miles). Regarding the oil consumption issue: In my original post I mentioned my low-oil light came on for the first time at 51,500 which was about 1000 miles shy of the 52,500 scheduled maintenance interval. At that time I just changed the oil then and there. At the time of my post I was at 58,000, still in the "safe zone" on the dipstick, and wondering whether I'd see another low-oil light before the next 7500 interval. I did not. I've changed the oil twice since then; once I had to add oil, the other time I did not. So my oil change and oil consumption history to date has been: 0 - 45400: Oil changed roughly every 7500 miles. No excessive oil consumption (i.e. no low-oil light) during this period. 45400 - 51500: Low-oil light came on at 51,500 - changed oil early. 51500 - 59222: No low-oil light. 59222 - 66950: No low-oil light. 66950 - 74388: Low-oil light came on at 73,450 - added about 3/4 quart. 74388 - 77,980 (current): No low-oil light, oil level one-third down from top hole on dipstick. By the way: In January 2016 Subaru announced they were settling the class-action lawsuit regarding oil consumption: "Subaru has agreed to extend its 5 year, 60,000-mile warranty in respect to the alleged defect to an 8 year, 100,000-mile warranty. SOA will also reimburse certain expenses for vehicle repairs, rental cars, towing and the purchase of up to six quarts of oil per vehicle with appropriate proof." Moving on. The other issue I commented on in my first review was the lousy OEM tires and how I couldn't wait to change them, which I did at 65,000. I was down to 4/32s and started to hydroplane in moderate downpours so that was a no-brainer. With a fresh set of General Altimax RT43s grip and handling improved greatly, both in wet weather and especially in light snow (I put my snows back on in January). In fact, if anything these particular tires are a little too grippy as my mileage droped by a couple of mpgs but as I was getting great mileage beforehand I'm not too disappointed with this aspect of things. What I am a little disappointed with however was the new tires didn't improve the ride comfort. I've always felt my Forester rode a little harsh on rough roads and over bumps and railroad tracts, etc. I had attributed some of this to the lousy OEM tires and was hoping a change to fresh rubber would help. The ride has improved somewhat but I still feel more rough road than I'd like. One last testament conerning traction and winter driving: In late January, I had to venture down unplowed dirt roads the morning after a 10 inch snowfall (having by this time changed over to my second-year Goodyear UltraGrip Ice WRTs). Chewed through the fresh snow without incident. Amazing. Not much else to add to my original post, no other maintenance issues to speak of. I fear I'll need new brakes soon and not looking forward to that expense but I'll adhere to the schedule and hope to have my Subie for many more years.
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Features & Specs

MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2014 Subaru Forester
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Subaru Product Line Manager Todd Hill sits shotgun as we barrel down a barren wash road somewhere within the Sonoran desert. Our field of view is expansive, thanks to a few of the many changes implemented in the design of the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester.

Pushing the narrower A-pillars forward while pulling the side mirrors back on the doors creates a solariumlike cockpit, from which our chaperone-turned-co-driver, Todd, can attentively scan the dusty road ahead. It doesn't feel very treacherous, as this new Forester features a revised all-wheel-drive system and reprogrammed Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) setup that keeps our slip angles in check and our wheels on the road.

This makes Todd happy, and more importantly, will likely make Forester buyers even happier. Long known for its all-weather capability, the 2014 Subaru Forester is a further refinement of a smart package that's well tailored to the average crossover buyer.

Handles the Dirt as Well as the Road
As our next stopover peers into view, we learn that we could've navigated here entirely on pavement. Subaru instead saw it opportune to drive over miles of roughly maintained, washboard-sectioned dirt road. In most cases, this is exactly the type of road most crossovers in this segment would avoid, but not this Forester.

With a new body shell that's 50 percent stiffer than before, this new Forester maintains the 8.7 inches of ground clearance found in the outgoing model. That's still more than a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The rest of the suspension is similar to the previous model, so there are MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones in back. Together, the setup allows the Forester to not only survive this road, it actually makes it fun.

Our all-season tires soon transition from dirt to driveway as we arrive unscathed at a private racetrack facility to further test the Forester's new chops. A Subaru Forester at a racetrack? It's not an obvious combination, but Subaru thinks the Forester is nimble enough these days to impress us even on a twisty piece of tarmac.

Two New Transmissions, One New Engine
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine carries over from last year's model. It generates 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque while the vehicle itself weighs an extra 50 pounds or so depending on the model.

Last year's transmissions, however, get chucked in favor of a new six-speed manual in lieu of the five-speed and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) instead of the four-speed automatic, both of which provide a most welcome gain in fuel efficiency. The six-speed (22 city/29 highway) finds an extra 2 mpg in both EPA-estimated city and highway tests, while the CVT (24 city/32 highway) trounces the old slushbox with gains of 3 and 5 mpg respectively.

In more exciting news, the Forester XT model now sports an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that develops 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is the same basic engine used in the Subaru BRZ sports car, where it makes 200 hp. Subaru redesigned the fuel injection (it's solely direct, rather than a combination of direct and port injection), lowered the compression ratio a notch (10.6:1) and added a twin-scroll turbocharger, good for 17.1 psi of boost when maximum power is summoned.

This results in Subaru's highest specific engine output for the U.S. market (125.1 hp/liter) and it's channeled through an internally reinforced, high-torque CVT (23 city/28 highway), and a CVT only. The power figures are achieved on the recommended 93-octane fuel, though Subaru notes that 87 octane will work fine if you're OK with a 10 percent reduction in power.

Ready To Handle Any Kind of Road
As we blow past our bright orange STI pace car following the sighting lap, speed builds quickly and quietly, with light acceleration oscillations from the CVT riding the turbo engine's torque curve. Bury the throttle to pass and the CVT kick-down will come in a half second at best. Do this in Manual mode and it won't come at all.

The base Forester's six-speed manual still makes business sense from a cost standpoint, but for the majority of future Forester buyers, the CVT is most efficient and best suited to overall functionality. Highest mpg figures aside, the quick, flexible nature of the CVT allows engineers to capitalize on Subaru's electronically controlled, continuously variable transfer clutch, supplanting the six-speed's passive, viscous-locking center coupling.

With the mild road feedback transmitted through an energy-saving electronic power steering rack, we know in our hearts that the production run of Foresters will probably never see a racetrack. However, the decent cornering balance, combined with the way the brakes endured 40-something turns tells us that this Forester isn't likely to disappoint on a highway on-ramp.

Cabin Updates
The Touring model we're in features a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation screen with an additional color LCD above it. Though resolution on the main screen isn't stellar, the system features the latest suite of smartphone-integrating apps, even one called Aha that will text-to-speech the news feeds of any forsaken Facebook junkies.

The smaller LCD is used to display information for the climate controls, fuel mileage and a fun-over-function AWD animation. Lastly, it also doubles as a rearview camera feed, a feature that is now standard on all but base models of the Forester. The rest of the interior remains delightfully simple considering how much technology is buried with the controls.

The Forester's exterior footprint expands marginally in every direction, which proves more noticeable inside than out. Rear legroom is up 3.7 inches over the last model, a substantial increase that makes it far more livable in back than before. With the rear seats folded, there are now 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space, an increase of 6.4 cubic feet over its predecessor.

Value Priced
With a base price of $22,820, the new 2014 Subaru Forester costs slightly less than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but still more than the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. Factor in the Forester's standard all-wheel drive and the equation tilts further in favor of the Subaru.

Look beyond the Forester's obvious all-weather credentials and it still stacks up well in the segment. Whether it's passenger space, cargo room or the latest features, this Forester has all the bases covered. And that includes performance if you opt for the XT, an option that not all of its competitors offer.

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Used 2014 Subaru Forester Overview

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