2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Purchase Was A Mistake

2014 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)

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Purchase Was A Mistake
By eja6 on


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


After 13,700 miles on my 2014 2.5i Premium with CVT, I have decided my purchase was a big mistake. I kept trying to "get used to" the annoying characteristics of this drivetrain, which include an overly sensitive pedal response, producing a constant "rubber band effect" in city traffic and over revving on the road when passing.
I have grown to hate it so much I am avoiding driving it.
The gutless engine makes a lot of noise when pushed, but noise does not make it go fast.
Additionally, the CVT bucked and jumped when cold for the first 5,000 or so miles of use, and the dealer had no explanation or fix.
Not the worst car I have bought, it's close.

Updated Review:
After 45,000 miles, could not stand the drivetrain any longer. Traded in for a Forester XT, (250 hp turbo) which has plenty of pep, plus a good CVT, and that is saying something.

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