Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 8, 2013


More refined, more practical and more appealing than before, and with EPA-rated fuel efficiency competitive with most front-wheel-drive competitors, this new 2014 Forester compares well with Ford's Escape, Mazda's CX-5 and even segment leaders Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. It's name is indicative: Forester does really well in the forest, where Subaru's superb all-wheel drive and balanced handling are perfectly suited to slippery conditions and winding roads.

Gary Witzenburg filed this report after his test drives of Forester 2.5i and 2.0XT models near Detroit.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Forester 2.5i ($21,995); 2.5i CVT ($22,995); 2.5i Premium ($23,495); 2.5i Premium CVT ($24,995); 2.5i Limited ($27,995); 2.5i Touring ($29,995); 2.0XT Premium ($27,995); 2.0XT Touring (32,995)
Engines:170-hp 2.5-liter H4; 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged H4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; CVT
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front air bags, front seat side-impact air bags, side curtain air bags, driver's knee airbag, rollover sensor, seat belt pretensioners, anti-whiplash front seats, Brake Override, impact-sensing fuel system cutoff; ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, all-wheel drive
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera; X-Mode, which adjusts the suspension for slick conditions and includes Hill Descent Control; Subaru Eyesight, which uses a stereo camera system to integrate Adaptive Cruise Control; Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Gunma, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):2014 Forester 2.5i Premium ($23,495)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, 10-way power driver's seat, air conditioning with air filtration, six-speaker AM/FM HD stereo radio, power windows with auto up/down driver's window, multi-function display (with outside temperature and fuel-economy displays), rear-vision camera, remote keyless entry/security system with engine immobilizer, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, tilt and telescoping steering column, dark-tint privacy glass, tire pressure monitoring system, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), All-Weather Package (heated front seats and outside mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), roof rails, 225/60R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, 12-volt power outlets (dash, center console and cargo area), 24-hour roadside assistance (during warranty period)
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$825
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$24320
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc 16-valve H4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):170 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):174 @ 2000-4800
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:22/29 mpg
Wheelbase:106.3 in.
Length/width/height:180.9/70.7/66.4 in.
Track, f/r:60.9/61.1 in.
Turning circle:34.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.4/53.9/43.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.8/53.0/41.7 in.
Cargo volume:74.7 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:1500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, strut, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, double-wishbone with subframe, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:8.7 in.
Curb weigth:3296 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:15.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 8, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-782-2783 -