Taking a big leap forward from the outgoing model, 2014 Subaru Forester emerges as a pretty attractive crossover with an evolved design concept. Massive sales records of the previous Forester compelled the makers to come up with newer body panel designs. Hence, the new 2014 Subaru Forester shares only its profile with the outgoing model. Let us have a closer look at 2014 Subaru Forester in this review.
2014 Subaru Forester Features
2014 Subaru Forester sheds off extra pounds and looks crisp and toned – much like the BME X3. The most striking aspect in the crossover’s design remains the unique fascia. 2014 Subaru Forester has been slightly upsized to fit in the middle of the two extremes of compact crossover segment.
Hence, length of 2014 Subaru Forester has been increased by 1.4 inches. This means that the new Forester is longer than the Mazda CX-5 by 2 inches. The wheelbase of 2014 Subaru Forester has been increased by 1 inch and its width has been increased by 0.6 inches. Despite these enhancements, 2014 Subaru Forester is a lean-thin machine owing chiefly to the high-strength steel.
Subaru manages to hugely improve the interior of the crossover. Seats are slightly raised and made more comfortable. The dashboard has been borrowed from Subaru Impreza and astonishes everyone with its excellent symmetry, functionality and nicety of materials.
With a little more attention, Subaru could have easily done away with cluttered screens, sense of disorganization and menu-intensive controls. Passengers will get an inch more of shoulder room and 12% more of cargo space. Seats are raised by 1.3 inches and floor tunnel at the rear is lowered by 2.7 inches accounting for more legroom.
2014 Subaru Forester XT is powered by a 2L boosted flat turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as against the 2.5i trim’s 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that renders 174 lb-ft torque and 170 horsepower. The XT’s engine renders 258 lb-ft torque and 250 horsepower.
In fact, Forester XT’s turbocharged engine is a geared-up version of the engine used in Subaru BRZ. 2014 Subaru Forester XT sports only CVT while the 2.5i model sports 6-speed manual transmission too. 2014 Subaru Forester offers all-wheel-drive system.
2014 Subaru Forester features the proprietary EyeSight safety system which is a clutter of camera-based technologies for the car’s safety.
It includes, among many, lane-departure warning, active cruise control and collision detection. EyeSight detects any looming collision and brings the crossover to a halt.
Thanks to CVT – 2014 Subaru Forester delivers incredible fuel economy. While the 2.5i CVT Forester renders 24mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway, the XT model is rated at 23mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. Fuel savers will definitely go for the 2.5i model for the straightway jump of 5mpg in fuel economy.
CVT takes away much of the elasticity that a driver expects from a compact crossover. Forester 2.5i happens to spend too long at 3000rpm and requires excessive throttling to utilize its full power potential. Out of all the trim levels, the XT version sounds peppier.
Although not too fast, 2014 Subaru Forester XT is much faster than SantaFe 2.0T by Hyundai. Speed lovers can take due advantage of the two available sport modes i.e. Sport# (pronounced at Sport Sharp) and Sport modes. In Sport mode, transmission does not seem to be obsessed with keeping the engine at low speeds. Sport# definitely offers more fun with sharper throttle response along with 8 pre-set gears.
Driving the 2014 Subaru Forester on curvy roads is fun due to its lower center of gravity, optimum weight, stiffened body and electric power steering. 2014 Subaru Forester proves to be more bucked up on road when compared to the outgoing model. What’s more? 2014 Subaru Forester sports X-Mode switch, located on the center console, which adds fun to your highway driving. On switching the X-Mode, hill descent mode is activated and traction control in reprogrammed for loose surfaces.
Price Of 2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester is available in 6 trim levels. The base model is priced at $22,820. The fully loaded Touring trim level is offered on XT or 2.5i. The XT model is $3000 pricier than the 2.5i model as it offers revised suspension and a few extras. The Touring trim comes with a package worth $2400 that offers HID headlamps, proximity key and the proprietary safety system EyeSight. Rounding up, 2014 Subaru Forester XT costs $36,220.
2014 Subaru Forester overcomes the deficiencies of the outgoing model. With a superior design motif running through the exterior and interior, improved fuel economy and powerful engine, the 2014 Subaru Forester emerges a leader in compact crossover segment.