2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Great Drive, tight turning cir

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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Great Drive, tight turning circle, comfortable
By othercarnotvan on


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


Bought this car to downsize from a minivan.
It drives like a dream -- nimble, commanding view. Got the eyesight feature and we like the adaptive cruise control and how it beeps if you stray out of lane. Power is adequate. We opted for better mileage and regular fuel.
Been getting 27-33 on the freeway (depending on speed and if a/c is on) and 19-24 in city.
EPA number for city isn't real. Cabin is roomy and airy. Visibility is good but rear window could be bigger. Nav system is unintuitive and
won't let your passenger program it if car is moving - a drawback in my book. Up front storage is limited. Moonroof uses 6 cu/ft of cargo space but only base model doesnt have it.

Best Features

Nimble cornering and driving position. Great turning circle and view of the road. Spacious cabin. Comfortable leather trim seats. Back seat seems very roomy even with front seats all the way back. Climate control seems to work well. Backup camera is nice (though it's only on small upper screen).

Worst Features

Moonroof should be an option even for higher trim models -- we will never use it and it eats up 6 cubic feet of cargo space. Nav system is subpar and cannot be used, even by your passenger, while car is moving. Too much big brother if you ask me. Center console is smallish with small storage space, difficult to use when blocked by coin holder. Front storage bin is very small and uncovered. Glove box is smallish. Rear window could be bigger and exterior rear view mirrors could provide bigger fields of view. Backup camera should be usable with larger nav screen instead of small upper screen. Eyeseight feature is nice but the cameras seem to infringe slightly in driver's view.
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