2014 Subaru Forester Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Subaru Forester - Road Test Specs

2014 Subaru Forester SUV

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$33,820
Options on test vehicleKeyless Access & Start + EyeSight System + HID ($2,400 -- includes keyless access and start; EyeSight driver-assist system with pre-collision braking, system capable of pedestrian detection, lane departure and sway warning and adaptive cruise control; high-intensity-discharge [HID] headlights with automatic height adjustment control)
As-tested MSRP$36,220


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected flat-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)250 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 2,000
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission ratios (x:1)3.505 - 0.544
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.11
Differential(s)Front: open, Center: electronically controlled clutch, Rear: open (with brake-type torque transfer differentials front and rear)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5:1
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/L 400
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front225/55R18 97H
Tire size, rear225/55R18 97H
Wheel size18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front12.4-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.9-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.3
0-75 mph (sec.)9.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 96.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 96.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)119
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.8
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.7
@ Full throttle (dB)67.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.7
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,200

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLag off the line but the turbo lights up early. Overlapping throttle and brake woke up the launch. Trap speeds decreased with each run, possibly due to heat soak. Third run was quickest using manual mode on launch, then slapping shifter to Drive before redline in 1st gear. S# and S modes were slower than default. Manual shifting is done via steering wheel paddles.
Braking commentsLots of ABS-related commotion. Noticeable dive, but well-controlled stops. Spongy, long-travel pedal. No brake odor unti last stop. First was 121 feet. Sixth and final was 123 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Responds nicely to drop throttle, but the nondefeat stability control system means there's a lot of back and forth between driver-induced throttle changes and computer-controlled throttle changes. Slalom: Steering is reasonably intuitive and body roll isn't excessive. Feels like there's more here but the stability control system won't allow it. It can get quite aggressive at slamming on the brakes if it senses the driver is losing control. This was especially noticeable around the final cone at wide-open throttle.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/16/2013
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)49.4
Relative humidity (%)71.5
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.88 head/cross
Odometer (mi.)5,496
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/28 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9
Driving range (mi.)445.2

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description440-watt AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo with eigth speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack or 3.5 mm aux jack
Satellite radioStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard (on Touring trim) with 6.1-inch touchscreen
Smart entry/StartOptional
Parking aidsStandard rearview camera
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,622
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,676
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)180.9
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)68.2
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.9
Track, rear (in.)61.1
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.0
Legroom, rear (in.)41.7
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.5
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)68.5
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)34.4
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)29.0
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,500
Ground clearance (in.)8.7
Approach angle (degrees)23.0
Departure angle (degrees)25.0


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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