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I'm happy to report that the Forester is still just as capable as it's always been. While the car is slightly larger, weight was kept in check (it's about 40 pounds heavier), and you still have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than all the Forester's direct competition and really pretty good for any modern, production SUV.
- Motor Trend

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends many of the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 74 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. All 2.5i variants are equipped with a 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 170 horsepower. For 2014, both "XT" variants get a new 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, generating 250 horsepower compliments of an intercooled turbocharger. Transmissions are also new for this model year - the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium get a six-speed manual, while all other trims are mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode (available on the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium). Notable (trim-dependent) features include a sport-tuned suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, power liftgate, 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, HD and satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth wireless phone/audio streaming capability. A revised touch-screen voice-activated navigation system is found on Touring trims, complete with premium harman/kardon audio and Aha Infotainment smartphone integration. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side-impact airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; additionally, a rear-vision camera is standard on all but the 2.5i trim level. New for 2014, a driver's side knee airbag has been added to every Forester.

The Subaru Forester is completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. It receives exterior and interior design revisions, a new, more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, new transmissions, and a host of additional standard features. Dynamic new technologies include: Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), an engine management system that allows the driver to customize performance characteristics by selecting one of three modes - Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp; X-mode manual locking of the AWD variable transfer clutch for enhanced control; and Eyesight driver assist, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision mitigation.


Completely redesigned, slightly bigger, much better.


The Subaru Forester all-wheel drive compact crossover is completely redesigned for 2014.This fourth-generation 2014 Forester is slightly larger in all dimensions than the outgoing model (2009-2013).It wears somewhat bolder skin wrapped around a roomier cabin and boasts both improved performance and higher fuel economy.

A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter horizontally opposed flat four-cylinder (aka boxer or H4) is standard on the 2014 Forester, while a new 250-hp turbocharged version of the BRZ sports car's 2.0-liter H4 powers 2014 Forester 2.0XT models.It uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high compression (10.6:1), Subaru's Dual Active Valve Control System (D-AVCS) and intercooled turbocharging to deliver a much more spirited 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2000 and 4800 rpm.

All 2014 Forester models come with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.Subaru is a leader in all-wheel-drive technology and this sets Forester apart from front-wheel-drive competitors that offer all-wheel drive as an option.A 6-speed manual gearbox supersedes the previous 5-speed manual as standard, while Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the old 4-speed automatic.

The CVT mated to the 2.5-liter engine has a selectable low shift mode that adds engine braking on downhill grades.The high-torque version of this transmission comes with the turbo engine and has steering wheel paddles for manual shifting.Both use adaptive control to continually optimize gear ratios based on driving preferences and conditions.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder together with the CVT, likely the best-selling combination, boasts the segment's best all-wheel drive fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 24/32 mpg City/Highway, or 27 Combined.That highway rating is a five-mpg improvement over the most fuel-efficient 2013 Forester.

Compared to the previous-generation model, this new 2014 Forester feels more agile thanks to a 50-percent stiffer structure, retuned front strut and double-wishbone rear suspensions and larger, 17-inch tires and wheels.The upgraded rear suspension uses pillow ball joint mounts for its lateral links to smooth the ride.We found the four-wheel independent suspension delivers fairly agile handling with good ride.The new Electric Power Assisted Steering gives surprisingly good feel and feedback while contributing to improved fuel efficiency.

The much quicker, more athletic and more fun to drive 2014 Forester 2.0XT turbo models boast a sport-tuned suspension on 18-inch wheels and larger brakes with ventilated rotors front and rear.

Technology abounds on the 2014 Forester: A new rearview camera along with a new color multi-function display are available.Subaru's available new EyeSight driver assist system uses a stereo camera (instead of radar) to integrate Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

A Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) feature on 2.0XT models has a steering-wheel switch that lets you choose from among three driving modes: Intelligent (relaxed throttle response for normal driving), Sport (quicker throttle response and a 6-speed-manual mode for the CVT), or Sport Sharp.The latter delivers even quicker response with eight manually selectable ratios.

All Foresters come with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.CVT models use a more sophisticated electronically managed type than do those with the 6-speed manual.Both systems continuously power all four wheels, transfer torque to those with the best grip and integrate with the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to improve all-weather traction and stability.

A new X-Mode feature on upgrade models optimizes control of the engine, transmission, Active AWD, brakes, VDC and other systems to further improve control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines, while Hill Descent Control uses the VDC system to maintain constant speed and improve control on downhill grades.

We are impressed with the 2014 Forester's improved dry-surface dynamics (ride, handling, steering, braking) and its noticeably roomier, quieter, more comfortable cabin.The Forester 2.0XT's tighter suspension and more aggressive tires elevate this five-passenger compact CUV almost to the level of sport-sedan fun.

Acceleration performance with the standard engine is slow (capable of 0-60 mph in a long 9.3 seconds), but the 2.0XT's powerful turbo engine improves that measure to a quick 6.2 seconds.Earlier Subaru boxer engines were rough, but they have become far smoother and more refined in recent years.

The 2014 Subaru Forester boasts several advantages over its most popular competitors among the compact crossover utility vehicles.Most important are Forester's standard all-wheel drive at a lower price than Toyota's RAV4, Honda's CR-V, and Mazda's CX-5 with optional all-wheel drive.Forester also boasts a roomier cabin front and rear and surprisingly better EPA fuel economy with the available CVT vs.the competition when equipped with automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.


The new interior takes advantage of the 2014 Forester's expanded roominess by creating a feeling of spaciousness through a combination of horizontal design elements and more space between the instrument panel and seats.

The front seats use a new cushion spring array for long-distance comfort, the hip point is 1.1-inches higher than before, and the driver's seat has 1.3 inches more fore-aft and 0.6 inches more height adjustment travel.Materials are upgraded compared to previous models with soft-touch surfaces on the upper instrument panels and armrests.

Rivaling some larger vehicles, rear-seat legroom is 41.7 inches in the 2014 Forester, from the previous 38.0, ample room for a leggy six-footer even with the front seat all the way back, and there's more room than before for a center rear passenger.Wider-opening rear doors make it easier to climb in and out and to install a child seat, and the rear seatbacks recline a bit in all but the base 2.5i model.

To better accommodate cargo, the load floor is flatter and total capacity is increased to 74.7 cubic feet when the standard 60/40 split rear seats are folded down.The available power moonroof cuts cargo space to 68.5 cubic feet.

Instruments are limited to large, round speedometer and tachometer dials and a digital fuel gauge between them.We appreciated the blue cold-engine light following a cold start but would have gladly traded it for a real temperature gauge.The climate controls are very nice.We also loved that top-center color screen for the rearview camera, which can also display a multitude of information including average fuel economy, range and entertainment system selection.

The base Forester 2.5i has a 4.3-inch LCD screen at top center of the dash that displays outside temperature, fuel economy and a road surface freeze warning.All other models have a multifunction color display with rearview camera, audio and Bluetooth information, climate control, vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder; when equipped, X-Mode and Hill Descent Control operation are displayed as well.Premium and Limited models offer a new standard six-speaker audio system with AM/FM HD (but no satellite) radio with capability to play music from CD, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and other players.

GPS navigation comes with a 6.1-inch LCD touch screen, voice-activated controls, Aha smartphone integration features, iTunes tagging, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, SMS Text Messaging and XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic.Compared to others in this class, however, this infotainment screen seems a bit dated and small, with small touch pads (instead of easy-to-use knobs) for volume and tuning.

Touring models come with a premium 440-watt, eight-speaker harman/kardon system.

We found the covered console box small, but there's a large open bin under the climate dials that also contains a convenient 12V accessory outlet.The steering wheel spokes offer handy buttons for audio, cruise, phone and multi-function display control.

Model Lineup

Forester 2.5i ($21,995); 2.5i CVT ($22,995); 2.5i Premium ($23,495); 2.5i Premium CVT ($24,995); 2.5i Limited ($27,995); 2.5i Touring ($29,995); 2.0XT Premium ($27,995); 2.0XT Touring (32,995).

Assembled In

Gunma, Japan.

Options As Tested


Model Tested

2014 Forester 2.5i Premium ($23,495).

Driving Impression

The Forester 2.5i offers strong mid-range torque and we were pleased by its willing performance.This non-turbocharged engine is rated at 170 horsepower peaking at 5800 rpm.Its torque, that force that propels you away from intersections, peaks at 174 pound-feet from 2000 to 4000 rpm, a broad range.That makes the Forester 2.5i feel responsive when driving around town.Acceleration performance when drag racing from a standstill is slow, however, taking a very long 9.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.

Fuel economy for the Forester 2.5i is an EPA-estimated 24/32 mpg City/Highway with CVT, 22/29 mpg with 6-speed manual transmission.Regular gasoline is recommended, so there's no need to buy more-expensive Premium.Over a week of mixed local driving, a Forester 2.5i we drove averaged 23.1 mpg, not great but acceptable for an all-wheel-drive compact utility vehicle.

We think the Forester 2.5i works best with the 6-speed-manual; the available CVT does sap some of this engine's energy.We liked the manual transmission's crisp shifter and smooth clutch.

Forester 2.0XT can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.2 seconds.Forester 2.0XT models feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 250 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2000 and 4800 rpm.Indeed, we found the 2.0XT's willing turbo engine runs out of steam at a modest 6000 rpm.The 2.0XT engine uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high compression (10.6:1), Subaru's Dual Active Valve Control System (D-AVCS) and intercooled turbocharging.Forester 2.0XT models come with the CVT.

Fuel economy for Forester 2.0XT models is an EPA-rated 23/28 mpg.Premium gasoline is recommended for these high-compression, turbocharged engines.

Not surprisingly, this compact utility vehicle is no fire-breathing track carver, but the Forester 2.0XT's sport suspension on more aggressive 18-inch tires and wheels is definitely sharper and more responsive than the standard set-up, and its larger ventilated-rotor brakes are stronger and more effective.

We witnessed a demonstration that showed Forester's all-wheel drive to be very capable up and over a steep, slicked-down ramp.

We appreciated Forester's tight turning circle (34.8 feet), useful in crowded parking lots.The new efficiency-enhancing Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) seemed surprisingly good on both road and track, and we made good use of the multitude of useful information provided by its top-center data screen.


More refined, more practical and more appealing than before, and with EPA-rated fuel efficiency competitive with most front-wheel-drive competitors, this new 2014 Forester compares well with Ford's Escape, Mazda's CX-5 and even segment leaders Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.It's name is indicative: Forester does really well in the forest, where Subaru's superb all-wheel drive and balanced handling are perfectly suited to slippery conditions and winding roads.

Gary Witzenburg filed this report after his test drives of Forester 2.5i and 2.0XT models near Detroit.


2014 Subaru Forester models offer a choice of engines.Forester 2.5i models come with a 170-hp 2.5-liter engine and a choice of CVT or 6-speed manual.Forester 2.0XT models feature a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with CVT.

Forester 2.5i ($21,995) comes with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming with steering wheel control switches and a tilt/telescopic steering column, Incline Start Assist, outside temperature display, security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats, multi-function display with outside temperature and fuel economy readouts, 17-inch steel wheels.A 6-speed manual is standard, Forester 2.5i CVT ($22,995) includes the continuously variable transmission.

Forester 2.5i Premium ($23,495) gets upgraded audio, 10-way power driver's seat, rearview camera, upgraded multi-function display, reclining rear seatbacks, dark tint privacy rear glass, and 17-inch alloy wheels.Premium with the 6-speed manual comes with an All-Weather Package, which includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.Forester 2.5i Premium CVT ($24,995) also comes with a panoramic power moonroof, but the All-Weather Package ($500) is an option.Navigation is optional ($1,100).

Forester 2.0XT Premium ($27,995) includes the turbocharged engine and CVT and cloth upholstery with sport bolsters.

Forester 2.5i Limited ($27,995) gets the CVT and All-Weather Package as standard, plus perforated leather-trimmed seats, a power rear liftgate, fog lamps, upgraded instrument cluster with LCD, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, automatic climate control and new X-Mode, which adjusts the suspension for slick conditions, with Hill Descent Control.Navigation is optional ($1,100).

Forester 2.5i Touring ($29,995) and Forester 2.0XT Touring ($32,995) include the leather trim and other Limited features and the CVT and add touch-screen navigation, 440-watt, eight-speaker harman/kardon premium audio with Aha smartphone integration, an electroluminescent instrument cluster with LCD display and a one-touch folding rear seatback.The Driver Assist Technology package ($2,400) includes EyeSight, Keyless Access/Start and HID headlights.

Safety features standard on all models include intelligent dual-stage front airbags, front seat side and side curtain airbags with added head protection for front and rear occupants.A rollover sensor activates seat belt pretensioners and deploys the curtain bags if it senses a potential rollover.New for 2014 are anti-whiplash front seats, a driver's knee airbag, Brake Override and an impact-sensing fuel cutoff.The Brake Override cuts engine power if both brake and accelerator are applied beyond a certain threshold.All-wheel drive is standard.A rearview camera is optional and can help the driver spot a small child behind the vehicle when backing up.


The fourth-generation 2014 Subaru Forester is 1.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 1.3 inches taller than the outgoing model on a 0.9-inch longer wheelbase.

The 2014 Forester's all-new body has an evolutionary look (not much different from the 2013) but with sharply defined new details.So-called hawkeye headlights and a slightly taller hexagonal grille define its slightly bolder face.All have lightweight aluminum hoods, black side cladding and body-color door handles.

Turbocharged 2.0XT models lead with a more aggressive sport front bumper, a one-piece mesh grille and, on the 2.0XT Touring, chrome-rimmed fog lamp bezels.The 2.0XTs also sport dual stainless steel exhaust tips.

The A-pillar (the strips of metal between the windshield and front windows) on the 2014 Forester is moved forward for a sleeker silhouette and improved aerodynamics.Forward visibility is improved despite a slightly higher hood (to meet European pedestrian-protection requirements), which makes room for under-hood ducting to feed the 2.0XTs' turbocharger intercoolers instead of their predecessors' boy-racer hood scoop.New partitioned front door side glass and door-mounted mirrors help reduce wind noise and improve side visibility.Subaru says the 2014 Forester's 0.33 drag coefficient is nearly 11 percent better than the outgoing model's.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).33 cD
Angle of Approach23.0 degrees
Angle of Departure25.0 degrees
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,369 mm
Front Leg Room1,093 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,448 mm
Front track1,545 mm
Overall height1,735 mm
Overall Length4,595 mm
Overall Width1,795 mm
Rear Head Room1,012 mm
Rear Hip Room1,346 mm
Rear Leg Room965 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,434 mm
Rear track1,550 mm
Wheelbase2,640 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio4.44
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power170 hp
Max RPM5,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,100 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque236 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleWith chrome bar
Fuel Consumption
City9.5 L/100 km
Highway7.0 L/100 km
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Roof rackRails only
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingH
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place974 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed2,115 L
Curb weight1,514 kg
EPA interior volume3,067 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Gross vehicle weight2,032 kg
Ground clearance220 mm
Max cargo capacity2,115 L
Towing Capacity680 kg
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Front reading lights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Split folding rear seat
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive, Red Deer, Alberta

Scott Subaru, 6801 50th Ave., Red Deer, Alberta T4N-4E2

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