2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Patrick M Hoey

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

MSRP (with destination): $36,220
PRICE AS TESTED: $36,220

ENGINE:
2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I-4
Horsepower (hp): 250 @ 5600 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 258 @ 2000-4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
Continuously variable automatic

DRIVE:
All-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
18-inch aluminum wheels
225/35R-18 97H Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
23/28/25 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
3622 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats upright/folded): 31.5/68.5 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 43.0/41.7 in
Headroom (front/rear): 40.0/37.5 in
Towing: 1500 lb

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Ice Silver/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
SI-drive and X-mode driving modes
Power panoramic sunroof
Automatic dual-zone climate control
Bluetooth
6.1-inch touchscreen
Navigation
Harman/Kardon audio system
SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription
10-way power driver's seat
One-touch folding rear seats
Power liftgate
Leather-trimmed interior
Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
Heated front seats
All-weather package

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Keyless, EyeSight, and HID- $2400
Keyless entry and ignition
EyeSight driver-assist system
Pre-collision braking and throttle management systems
Adaptive cruise control
Lane-departure and -sway warning
HID headlights

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
None

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
Subaru debuted an all-new Forester for 2014. The 2.0XT Touring is the top-of-the-line model.

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

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Jack Krubbs
Todd LassaExecutive Editor - You are a lying, disingenuous reporter if ever there was one. You have never even laid eyes on the XT, let alone driven one or "checked the specs (sic)". The most glaring part of this XT is that it HAS NO hood scoop. The fact that you followed your lie with another lie about checking the specs to MAKE SURE shows that you are unfit for any sort of "Editing", you should be fired. It follows that your comments about the CVT, NVH, and how quick it is most definitely is another fabrication. 
BoostWagon
What in the heck is this reviewer talking about?? Big Air Scoop? Doesn't feel quick?? Skip the Turbo? I can see they let anyone do reviews these days. Todd Lassa do us a favor and read this review and go look at the vehicle you just drove and tell me about that big air scoop again.
DC Rants
Todd Lassa says "I had to check the specs to make sure that big air scoop on the hood wasn't just for show; this CUV just doesn't feel very quick."  One problem...there is no hood scoop on the Forester, let alone a "big" one.  Whatever car the reviewer Todd Lassa drove (if he drove anything at all), it wasn't the 2014 Forester.  
SCOOP247
I did some research on the CVT transmission that Subaru now uses.  I was shocked to find that they do not make the CVT it is actually made by a comany named Jatco?  A quick search of Jatco gave me the impression that the CVT's are being made in China...not my favorite place to buy parts for my car.  I also noticed that the CVT's that have been giving Nissan problems are also made by none other than Jatco.  Nissan recently extended warranties on cars with the Jatco transmissions.  Good luck selling that as a used car as the info is now popping up all over the net.  The other disturbing fact with the CVT is when they break you pretty much just throw the whole thing out.   I might consider a manual transmission from Subaru as they still make them.  I just need to convince my wife to buy a car with a stick shift. 
mark2012
There go my thoughts of buying a new Forester!  The front end is ugly - as ugly as the front end of the new Lexus'
ed124c
I doubt this Forester has 225/35 tires.  I have driven a base model Forester with the CVT.  My verdict is that they should have kept the 4 speed automatic.  I thought rubber-banding of CVTs had been cured.  Nope.  The CVT was noisy, but not nearly as noisy as a 2013 CVT Outback I drove.  When the revs drop the whining noise is unbearable.  And yet, and yet, Subaru is selling more cars than it can build, and should sell 400,000 cars in the US this year.  Go figure.
Jack Krubbs
@BoostWagon  He's lying, it's as simple as that. And to make up all that crap about a car he's never even seen is a testament to the poor quality of journalism these days.
Jack Krubbs
@SCOOP247  Lineartronic is NOT made by Jatco. It is made by Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries. The metal belt is made by German engineering company Luk. Fuji Heavy cooperates with Luk closely.
Whatnow
@SCOOP247 The new Forester XT is a blast to drive, but I agree with you. I can't consider a CVT , especially one mass produced in China. In regards to Nissan, I can't contemplation why they don't source there 7 spd trans used in their Infiniti line which is produced in house and manufactured in Tennessee, and put that in the Altima and Maxima sedan's. If Subaru outsourced the trans mission with ZF and put their 8 spd in their lineup, I would buy a Legacy in a second.
RichardJoash
@mark2012 AND YOU ARE  DUMB POOP EATING BUMPKIN BECAUSE I AM BIASED WITH SUBARU!!!!!!!!!
RichardJoash
@ed124cAND YOU ARE  DUMB POOP EATING BUMPKIN BECAUSE I AM BIASED WITH SUBARU!!!!!!!!!

Jack Krubbs
@SCOOP247  Correction. Metal Chain, not Belt.
ed124c
@RichardJoash @ed124c  I HAVE OWNED MY '05 OUTBACK FOR NINE YEARS.  IT IS THE BEST AND MOST RELIABLE CAR I HAVE EVER HAD-- AND I HAVE OWNED MANY CARS OVER THE LAST 50 SOME YEARS.  THE FORESTER JUST DOESN'T MAKE IT FOR ME.  OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE A YOUNG MAN AND YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T USE WORDS LIKE THE ABOVE.  TRY TO BE MORE OF AN ADULT.

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