2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Great but could be better

2014 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD CVT Automatic)

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Great but could be better
By mrtuvo on


2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)


The car is very responsive and easy to drive. The seats are comfortable and the rear seats have plenty of legroom. It feels very sporty for an SUV. Visibility is great -- the best out of any vehicles I have ever driven. I also test drove the CR-V and CX-5 and ultimately decided on the Forester for the power and handling and down right fun to drive factor. CR-V was boring .... CX-5 felt a little sluggish even with the latest engine, and it was harder to get in/out of due to high step in ... also back seats felt cramped.

The upgraded harmon kardon stereo sounds just ok .... blue tooth works well though, buttons are

Best Features

Good visibility, spacious cabin, blue tooth phone and audio, MID display, back up camera (small but sharp), keyless access and start, CVT, power

Worst Features

I know Subaru is not a luxury vehicle, but geez can we not have some more interior lights? My fridge is better lit. No light in glove box, no light in cargo area! The interior lights are not very bright so the cargo area is very dark. Having seat memory and blind spot monitor like CX-5 and most newer cars would be nice. Hide the freaking wires that come out of the eyesight module to the electronic mirror! Have option to lock doors when car starts moving or shifts out of park. How about some AC vents for the rear cabin?
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By thummp3r
on 11/25/13 17:22 PM (PST)

Yea, I thought the same about the cargo light...actually, I didn't even know there was a back seat light, as mine came from the factory with both set 'off'...The cargo light is on the right side, behind the right cargo net...I needed to remove the top right corner loop of the cargo net and, of course, turn the light 'on', in order for it to properly illuminate the cargo area...It does go on and off with the other interior lights, but it's still a strange setup....

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