If you are searching for a mid size sedan that serves many purposes then the test driving the 2014 Forester should be high on your list of vehicle choices. Aptly names the Subaru Forester, it is ideal for the more active breed who love carrying around snowboards, mountain bikes, skis, boats or kayaks. The Forester line within the brand is already on the most successful selling vehicles in the US making up a quarter of the overall sales within this portion of the market.

Exterior Features of the 2014 Subaru Forester

Viewing if from the outside this fourth generation’s evolutionary design approach makes the Forester look sleeker and gives it a lot of finesse on the back roads.

The 2014 Subaru Forester is about the same size as the outgoing 2013 model on the outside. It is a shade longer due to the wheel-base, but apart from that it remains largely unchanged. It has a refreshed new fascia design and smoothly sculpted side sheet metal that flows into tail lamps that are scrunched up for appearance, and for aerodynamics feel. It has a taller hood line and a more defined look in front.

The base power plant is fitted in all 2.5i models is unchanged and gives 170-horsepower. There is also a new 2.0-liter flat four in 2.0XT models with direct injection and turbocharging and produces a 250 HP and 258 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm (on premium gas).  The 2.5i models can be bought with either a six-speed manual gearbox with this base engine, or an unbroken variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The  XT turbo variations are fitted with a version of the CVT, though and can simulate an eight-speed automatic transmission when required. A tauter body structure and a reengineered suspension puts the Forester nearer the top three of the class with respect to ride and handling. Steering is balanced and nicely weighted, and body control is as in perfect alignment as you would expect for  such a tall, spacious vehicle. The fuel economy ratings give as much to 32 mpg highway with the CVT. 2.0XT models are a bit faster overall but they only give 25 mpg.

Interior of the 2014 Subaru Forester

With the 2014 Forester the automaker has applied some packaging changes with the interior (which you can read here at www.reedmantollsubaru.com). The seating position has been rejigged giving it a totally different feel from the outgoing model. Much of the entire instrument panel has been readjusted and pushed forward by five inches from the seating position. Additionally the seats have been raised a little higher to ‘hip point’ and they’re a shade farther apart. There’s more back legroom, plus about 12% more luggage space, and the back seat folds back to fully flat with a one-touch mechanism.

Subaru has improved on the insulation to the door panels and to the area just ahead of the instrument panel. All models now get a fold – away center armrest, and solid-looking liquid holders moved from the back to this position.  In the driver’s assist package there is the usual adaptive speed control operable from 25mph to 90mph and, Look Ahead system for unexpected hazards with a camera interface showing pictures of upto 80 meters ahead.

Owners of this grand auto can look forward to a color multi-information display that shows audio and journey information and, the back view camera when reversing. With the Limited model, the CVT is essential and you also get perforated leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog  alert lamps, automatic climate control, a power rear liftgate, and an upgraded instrument cluster. Top Touring models are equipped with eight Harmon Kardon speakers and a 440-watt amp, with full assimilation of Aha streaming audio, through an app for iPhone or Android handsets.

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