2014 Subaru Forester

2.5i AWD 5-Dr Sport Utility H4 man trans

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2014 Subaru Forester

New For 2014

The 2014 Subaru Forester is all-new. Although it's all-new, you've probably seen dozens of them driving around because this model went on sale in January of 2013, and Subaru can hardly build enough of them to meet demand.

Vehicle Summary

Subaru's Forester is a bit of an unsung hero in the world of crossovers. Drivers looking for a basic vehicle with lots of safety equipment and space for the required gear of athletes or outdoor enthusiasts will be happy with a Forester. Subaru offers a variety of accessories to customize the Forester for tasks such as carrying dogs in the cargo area or attaching skis, bikes, or luggage to the roof rails. Everything inside is durable and easy on the eyes, and the controls for the radio and ventilation system are managed by buttons and knobs instead of the touchscreen interfaces that so many other utility vehicles rely on. Subaru completely upgraded the Forester for the 2014 model year with a new platform and transmission choices.


The base 2014 Subaru Forester makes use of a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission and a frugal 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that debuted last year. If you like driving, be sure to check out the XT variant and the 250-hp turbocharged engine that comes with it -- it's just too bad that the XT model uses only a CVT for now. At least every Forester still comes standard with all-wheel drive, which can be an expensive option on other vehicles. We may not enjoy driving the CVT as much as we enjoy shifting for ourselves, but the fact that the turbocharged engine mated to a CVT uses less fuel than does the normally aspirated engine with a manual transmission provides a little comfort.

Our main gripe with the 2014 Subaru Forester is the fussy, optional touchscreen infotainment system. We much prefer physical buttons for changing radio stations while the vehicle is moving. Thankfully Subaru offers steering-wheel-mounted buttons to control the audio system on the Forester. Those buttons don't make the navigation system easier to use, though. We suggest skipping the high-tech unit and sticking with the basic stereo offered on the base 2014 Forester. Even the standard audio system includes Bluetooth phone connectivity for 2014.

The 2014 Subaru Forester is adept at hauling everything from luggage to Labradors in the spacious cargo area, and the standard all-wheel-drive system means you'll be able to take your precious cargo pretty much anywhere you can imagine. Foresters can tow up to 2400 pounds, so anything that won't fit inside can be pulled behind the car.

It may not be the flashiest vehicle on the market, but the 2014 Subaru Forester is a great choice for anyone who needs a dependable crossover.

You'll like:

  • Very versatile
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Lots of factory accessories

You won't like:

  • Navigation system isn't very good
  • CVT can be annoying
  • No stick shift with turbo

Key Competitors

  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Mazda CX-5
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With winter still exerting its chilly wrath across much of the country, many car shoppers want one key feature in a new car: all-wheel drive (AWD). With power delivered to all four wheels, there’s a better chance of getting traction in ice, snow, and slush. While we'd advise that fitting any car with winter tires can improve your cold-weather driving experience, an all-wheel-drive car does improve the chances of avoiding a costly bill from a friendly tow-truck. Fortunately, buying a car with all-wheel drive doesn't have to break the budget, as we’ve proven here with a list of the ten most affordable cars with AWD. We’ve focused on user-friendly cars and crossovers with full-time AWD, so you won’t find any trucks with off-road-style, part-time four-wheel-drive systems.
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When new-car sales had a hiccup in September, we wondered if that was the start of a moderation indicating that pent-up demand was beginning to get sated. Instead, we saw in October that demand is still strong, and sales jumped by 10% versus a year ago. They might have been even better, but the first two weeks of the month were sluggish as the theatrics in Washington undermined consumer confidence. October's annualized sales rate of 15.2 million vehicles was not as good as we saw during the torrid summer months, but it's better than almost anyone was predicting at the beginning of the year. All three domestic automakers saw increases of greater than 10%, putting them ahead of the industry overall. Transaction prices set a new record but incentives are starting to creep up a bit. Analysts expect that the latter to increase as we get toward the year's end, giving car buyers some help dealing with steep sticker prices -- and also greasing the wheels of the marketplace to keep the surprisingly powerful auto-sales recovery rolling along.
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After a torrid summer of new-car sales, things simmered down a bit in September. Whether September actually broke the long string of year-over-year monthly sales increases depends on how you look at the data. In absolute numbers, sales were down 4% overall. However, there were fewer selling days this year than last. If one looks at the annualized sales pace, we find this September’s rate of 15.3 million units to be better than September 2012’s 14.8 million figure. No matter which way you look at the this-year-versus-last-year scenario, this does constitute a slowdown compared to the summer. Sales fell to their slowest pace since April. The rest of the fall should tell us whether September’s slowdown was mostly just a calendar anomaly abetted by model-year changeover inventory issues, or whether it signals the sating of the public’s pent-up demand for new cars.
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It's funny, when I break down the Forester's attributes and compare the parts to the competition, the Subaru is mediocre; however, when I look at the whole package I quite like it. The Forester is a great size -- neither too small nor too big -- with a low H-point, but a higher vantage point than a car or wagon. The 2.0-liter turbo is peppy and when put into S# (Sport Sharp) mode, the CVT acts almost like a smooth eight-speed automatic. The problems begin to mount once I stack the Forester up against its competition. The Mazda CX-5 is much more involving to drive and the Ford Escape offers more technology. And with a price tag north of $36,000, the Subaru is hardly a good value.
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In the lastest episode of Epic Drives, host Arthur St. Antoine gets behind the wheel of a 2014 Subaru Forester XT for an African safari. In addition to his search for wildlife, St. Antoine tests the Forester's mettle off-road over terrain usually reserved for larger, more purpose-built SUVs.

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2014 Subaru Forester Specifications

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2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
170 hp @ 5800rpm
174 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2014 Forester vehicles manufactured from January 2013 through March 2013. The backing for the carpeted floor mats was not manufactured to specification. As a result, the floor mats may curl when exposed to heat.
Curling of the driver side floor mat could distract the driver and/or interfere with proper operation of one or a combination of, the vehicle's clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals. Brake or accelerator pedal interference may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace each of the vehicle's four (4) carpeted floor mats with new ones. These services will be performed free of charge. Subaru issued an interim notification during April 2013. Notification that the remedy is now available was mailed to owners on June 5, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQH-44.
Potential Units Affected
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