2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: First Subaru

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By atthelake on


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


Overall I am pretty pleased and it feels like it is built well but time will be the true judge.
The ride is quiet and I like the CVT where you are always in the right gear - well not literally but its nice to feather the RPMs for just the right power without stepping across gears.
After about 1000 miles I pretty much get 24/32 MPG city/hwy and could probably get higher if I kept it below 70MPH on the hwy.
The seats were comfortable on a 10 hour trip and the rear camera is a first for me and works well.

If you come from a Ford sync system you will find the connectivity less robust and more challenging to set up.
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Best Features

This is pretty nicely loaded for the price in the premium package. Moonroof, rear camera, AWD and several different imformation systems available on screen all feel like luxuries to me. The racks are functional and if you get the aero bars they do not make much noise and are a super easy set up to install yourself. The AWD, interior space, and great gas MPG are my favorites. The cost to operate this kind of space is difficult to beat with some modern ammenities to boot.

Worst Features

None of these are deal breakers but things you might not notice right away. The automatic driver window goes way too fast and it is challenging to get it to stop anywhere between all the way up or down. The hard left edge of the center console beneath the dash seems to perfectly line up with my right knee on a 5' 10" frame while operating the gas peddle irrespective of seat position. You don't really notice this at first and not an issue for my shorter wife. Could that edge be padded, moved, or made more round? Could the blue tooth be more like Sync? Maybe allow a passenger (sensor in seat) to set it up while driving? Wish it had more towing capacity like the Escape.
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By atthelake
on 01/31/14 16:55 PM (PST)

7000 mile update: MPG is not quite as good as first 1000 miles but close. Pretty much get 27MPG combined with 70% highway driving and can get 32+ on highway but you really have to be a hypermileage driver. I have figured out the timing for the automatic windows most of the time but electronics are still a bit foggy. Changing the time on the vehicle clock eluded us after reading the manual. Still a solid car and feel without any repairs or worries and think this may be the best vehicle I have owned to date.

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