2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

Patrick M Hoey

2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

MSRP (with destination): $24,320
PRICE AS TESTED: $24,320

ENGINE:
2.5-liter DOHC flat-four
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 174 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual

DRIVE:
All-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
17-inch aluminum wheels
225/60R-17 98H Yokohama Geolander G91 tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
22/29/24 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
3296 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats upright/folded): 34.4/74.7cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 43.0/38.0 in
Headroom (front/rear): 41.4/39.8 in
Towing: 1500 lb

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Venetian Red/Platinum

STANDARD FEATURES:
10-way power driver's seat
17-inch aluminum wheels
Air conditioning
6-speaker audio system w/HD radio
Heated front seats, exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer
Hill-start assist
Rearview camera
Roof rails
Bluetooth
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
None

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Continuously variable automatic transmission- $1500

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The fourth-generation Forester is all new for 2014.

COMPARE TO:
Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4

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Three things:  1. This Forester also has a power driver's seat.  2. Three guys drive the stick and don't say anything about how well it works?  3. After driving the Forester's so-called upgraded CVT, I have decided that I hate the CVT, and the 6 speed manual doesn't get good enough mpgs.  Bottom line-- The only Subaru I now can buy is the Impreza (not the Crosstrek) 5 door hatch with the five speed manual.  The other Subarus either have a CVT or disastrous mpgs (the 3.6 boxer 6 gets 18/25 in both the Legacy sedan and Outback.)  I am looking elsewhere, even though my last two cars have been Outbacks.  I need to drive the new RAV4-- it has a real 6 speed automatic.  I have decided that, at my now age of 71, I will need to get an automatic.  I love the stick (haven't bought an auto since 1978) but it is becoming a nuisance.  I might buy a nice compact or midsize with an automatic for long Summer drives, etc, and save the Outback for Winter driving and hauling lots of stuff.  Times and old people change, I guess.  PS:  The 2013 Accord's CVT is great-- I drove a friends new LX Accord.

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