2014 Subaru Forester

Starting MSRP: $21,995

Estimated MPG: 22 city / 29 hwy

2014 Subaru Forester Review

Completely redesigned, the 2014 Subaru Forester is award-winning for its ergonomics, fuel economy and capability.

By Aaron Turpen
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The Subaru Forester is completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Forester is one of the most award-winning compact SUVs on the market. Added technology, such as adaptive cruise control, and a very large cargo area combine with improved ergonomics to make the Forester a small crossover that’s worthy of attention.

Exterior

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While most compact crossovers feature sleek exterior styling, the 2014 Forester has a boxy, somewhat dated look when compared with its contemporaries. The base Forester comes with 17-inch steel wheels, while higher trims add exterior features like a sunroof, alloy wheels, roof rails and a rear spoiler.

Interior

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While the Forester looks a little boxy on the outside, its design translates into a large interior with an expansive cargo area. The Forester’s doors are tall and wide for easy entry and egress. To complement this, Subaru also lowered the door sill height to make them nearly flat.

Rear cargo room has been increased to become one of the largest in the segment with a maximum capacity of over 74 cubic feet.

Performance

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Subaru’s off-road and all weather capability are still the norm with the redesigned Forester, but road presence has been improved thanks to a smoother transmission and better handling through an electric-assist power steering system.

The base engine in 2.5i models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while an available continuously variable transmission (CVT) greatly improves fuel economy.

The base Forester gets an EPA-estimated 22/29 mpg city/highway, while choosing the optional CVT boosts fuel economy to 24/32 mpg.

Forester 2.0XT models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine is only available with the CVT, and delivers an EPA-estimated 23/28 mpg city/highway.

Technology

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The redesigned Forester comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo. Options and features available on higher trims include satellite radio, a rearview camera, a touch-screen navigation system, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights and heated front seats.

Safety

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2014 Forester an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Forester also earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is the result of its high scores in all IIHS crash tests and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

With the exception of the base model, all 2014 Subaru Foresters feature a standard rearview camera. Subaru’s optional EyeSight system adds driver assistance features that include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Cost-Effectiveness

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Subaru vehicles tend to hold their resale values well, and are often sought after used vehicles when they are properly maintained. The Forester’s value proposition is high to begin with, and a reputation for longevity and a low cost of ownership adds to its appeal. The 2014 Forester, without too many added bells and whistles, is expected to be an extremely cost-effective new or used vehicle.

Overall

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Our overall score for the 2014 Forester shows that this compact crossover is a particularly smart buy when compared with its peers. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, the Subaru Forester is definitely worthy of your consideration.