Seat Time: 2014 Subaru Forester

April 17th, 2014 at 8:30am


Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fuji Heavy Industries
Make: Subaru
Model: Forester
Model Range: Mid-Size CUV
Competitors: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, VW Tiguan
Trim Levels: 2.5i, 2.0XT
Price Range: Base: $22,820; As Tested: $36,220
Made in: Ota, Gunma, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.5L BOXER 4-cylinder w/ 6spd. manual or CVT. 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder w/ CVT
EPA Ratings: 2.5L w/ manual = 22 city/29 highway. 2.5L w/ CVT = 24 city/ 32 highway. 2.0L = 23 city/ 28 highway

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 2014 Subaru ForesterSubaru symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • EyeSight driver assist system
  • 2.0XT features SI-Drive which allows driver to select from three different driving modes

Final Impression:

My first impressions of the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring weren’t that great. The brakes are soft and it can be kind of jerky when you hit the accelerator. But once I drove the Forester for a few days and got used to how it drives, it was much more fun to get behind the wheel. The 2.0L turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder that was equipped in my test car provides great power and can get up and go when you really need it.

The interior is where the Forester lags the most. The touchscreen infotainment system performs somewhat slowly and looks dated. It can also be difficult to read if it’s a sunny day outside. There’s also a second screen above the infotainment that displays things like climate, temperature and other engine readouts. This screen doesn’t get affected from sun glare like the other one but its small and overall not that useful.

All in all I liked the Forester 2.0XT Touring. From a driving and performance perspective it’s right up there with its competitors. Plus its quirky look helps it standout against the other vehicles in its segment. However, the infotainment system doesn’t stack up to some of the competition. So if you’re looking for a more modern interior you might want to look elsewhere.

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