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2014 Subaru Forester Debut

Subaru's all-new Forester is little new, but much improved.


2014 Subaru Forester Research Click to hide

What's New

The Subaru Forester retains its familiar sport SUV appearance for 2014, despite a more rugged and masculine redesign. That's a good thing since the Forester has been one of Subaru's best-selling vehicles for more than 15 years. More importantly, Subaru saw fit to improve interior space and fuel economy, while introducing a new turbocharged engine and CVT engine. Prices, fuel economy numbers, and models are not yet announced.

Who It's For

There are some popular stereotypes about the kind of people who drive Subarus. They're entirely factual: mountain people. Yes, mountain people (Did you think I was speaking of a different kind of driver?). Those who live in high altitudes are attracted to Subaru's rugged, all-wheel drive versatility, and its sportiness, too. The Forester has always been the crossover outlier for the kind of drivers who don't want the most watered down car on stilts with the best fuel economy. We don't expect anything different with this model.

Key Features

The 2014 Forester retains one carryover engine, but gains one new one as well. Its engine code will be familiar to Subaru loyalists, especially the BRZ coupe crowd. Unfortunately, the six-speed manual transmission is only available with the base engine. Subaru hasn't announced, but expects higher fuel economy across the board.
  • 170-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder
  • 250-hp, 2.0-liter turbo, boxer four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission or CVT with manual mode
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance that emphasizes off pavement capability

What We Think

On paper--or at least, our computer screens--the 2014 Forester looks like more of the same, but better. You get a better engine, better transmission, supposedly better handling, and to be determined--better fuel economy, too. Inside, Subaru has promised updated technology and better rear passenger legroom. Sounds like a win to us.

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