2014 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Very well designed and reliabl

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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Very well designed and reliable, but some poor MPG
By rickallen on


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


I leased a 2014 2.5i Touring with Eyesight back in October and have now driven it 3,000+ miles, 2000 on a road trip.
It's my 2nd Subaru, and I'm impressed by the amount of boxes they can tick for interior space, design, capability, etc.
I'm a 6'4" guy so space and comfort are big points for me.
My only complaint with this and our last Subaru (same powertrain, 2.5 w CVT) is the MPG.
Both of my Subarus were rated at 24/32.
Our Legacy came in at 26 average across the 32,000 miles we drove it last year.
Thus far with the Forester we're at 23.
On the highway going the speed limit, I'm not able to break 27 with either car.
Going below 60 is the only way which is dangerous for me and others.


MPGs still not improving. Hovering around 25 on the street, 24 on the highway at highway speeds. The rest is wearing well. The gps gets more dated by the day.

Best Features

  • Getting in out
  • Outward visibility
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Purchase cost
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

Worst Features

  • Acceleration
  • Navigation
  • Fuel economy

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By eja6
on 03/20/14 10:47 AM (PDT)

Like you, I found the mileage to be much less than advertised. I'm afraid the problem is the CVT - mine hunts up and down the ratios when I drive at 70 mph, especially in less than flat terrain. The 2.5 NA drivetrain is underpowered, which really shows at higher speeds. Unlike you, I detest the CVT - my first of the type and my last.

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