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2014 Subaru Forester



  • I only have about 1700 miles on my 2014 Forester Premium manual 6 speed, so my opinion may still change, but here are the accessories I have and I see no need for others at this point: Back bumper cover, splash guards, all-weather floor mats, and locking wheel nuts. These were already on the car; the salesman was not responsive when I told him we really didn't need the floor mats (which I could have purchased a nice set for half the Subaru cost) and the locking nuts (we live in rural Colorado--really not needed.) The bumper cover and the splash guards are a MUST. With the heavily-tinted rear windows, I've not seen a big need for an auto-dimming rear view mirror. Just IMHO. Overall, I love my new Forester. The 6 speed transmission is getting an easy 35 mpg on the highway (not the interstate, the highway) and about 26 around town. The pattern is a little hard to get used to, as it's fairly tight, but I'm getting better. Make sure you're OK with the driver's seat--the lumbar support is pronounced, even at completely deflated. I love the turning radius and the great cornering in our Colorado mountain passes. The all-weather package (i.e. heated seats, etc.) comes standard with the manual transmission version, so don't let them charge you extra. I don't miss the sun roof--I've always thought snow and sun roofs don't mix. 'Hope this helps.
  • I don't think the light gray interior is very practical in a Forester. I found some inexpensive black covers on the internet (that allow for the side airbags) that I placed over my cloth seats, but if you've put out for leather seats that would not be something you would want to do.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    edited September 2013
    Nice that your MPG's far better than Subaru claims!

    Subaru says their 2.5 CVT has better MPG (27 mpg combined) than their 6 speed manual (24 mpg combined).
    Of course, depending on driver, trip type and fuel quality, MPG will differ.

    I've no personal experience for 2.5 MPG's as I drive the XT, which given the mix of short and long trips I have, gets 24 - 25 MPG mixed (Subaru claims 23 MPG mixed). Reason for turbo, IMHO, is quicker vehicle response when passing or otherwise (I've driven 2.5i and found it a little slow in coping with our Portland OR traffic), and quieter CVT operation (turbo CVT has new belt design).
  • wow! You high mpg folks have my attention. I need to take another look at the Forester, I dismissed it because it outgrew my idea of what the Forester should be (gen 1&2 sized).

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    CR got 26mpg in theirs, which is best in class. It matched the old Escape hybrid.

    IIRC our 2009 model got 22mpg in their tests, so a significant improvement for the CVT.

    Back then the manual got 24mpg, so it's anyone's guess as to whether or not it would beat the new CVT. The new engine is also more efficient so it should beat 24mpg, at least.
  • Thank you colocate. I didn't realize that the all weather pkg comes standard on manual. The dealer is asking for $21,561+Doc. fee+plate transfer fee+Sales tax.

    I am thinking about adding body side moldings, bumper corner molding kit, rear bumper cover, splash guards, auto-dimming mirror with compass and homelink and rear cargo tray.
  • I agree that the Forester has "outgrown...what the Forester should be..." In my opinion it's a BIG vehicle. (I drove a little '77 Honda Accord for 30 years.) But IMHO it's nimble for its size and gets great gas mileage. Caveat: I DRIVE CONSERVATIVELY, with MPG in mind, pushing it only when I need to. (Saving the planet for your grandkids.) The real-time mpg display is addicting.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That begs the question - is there room for a mini-Forester now?

    Crosstrek isn't quite the same, even though passenger space is really good, cargo space doesn't match the early Foresters. It needs to be boxy and practical.
  • YES! (Whatever happened to the GL? To the Justy?) Just as there is room for a SMALL pickup truck! We have a little 1994 Toyota pickup--nowadays the smallest pickup truck you can buy is huge. Americans always want bigger and more loaded vehicles...I guess as long as there are folks out there (like me...what can I say?) who are willing to buy a big ol' Forester, the manufacturers won't be interested in going back to small. It will take a crisis, I'm afraid, on the macro-level.
  • Seems XV Crosstrek is the baby brother of the Forester. Their interior and usability are remarkably similar, though Forester is more refined wrt interior noise and ride.
    Perhaps if sliding rear seat were added to Crosstrek, that would give it more flexibility wrt interior space.
  • Just curious what others here think of the '14 Forester ride .vs. '09 Forester. The '09 - 13 Foresters used same suspension for all versions.
    While the '14's are all revised, the '14 XT gets firmer damping, slightly stiffer springs, bigger antisway bars and reinforced suspension mounts.

    My experience is the '09 XT was OK on smooth or mildly rough roads, but its back end would go into a frenzy on really rough roads or speed bumps (minimal shock damping), rattling and buzzing. The '14 XT is firmer (you feel small undulations in road surface), but handles potholes and speed bumps well (much tighter damping and control) - really big bumps bring on a few creaks/squeaks from the dash and interior.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I prefer the styling of our 09, personally. I do think the extra room and especially the improved gas mileage would be a big plus. thing keeps me from shopping for a trade - cabin tech. They have got to make improvements. The backup cam is tiny, even if you get Navi. Why not use the huge screen right in front of us?

    We have few miles on our 09, also, maybe 35k or so? So no rush, to be honest. I just hope by the time we hit 60k, Subaru has addressed that and that would compel us to go in and trade up.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 679
    The ride in our 2010 Forester XT was much better than our 2014 XT. The extra sportiness added was not necessary at all. However, the interior noise level on the 2014 is amazingly less: I can't believe I'm driving a Subaru.

    The contrast between noise and ride is extreme. Up market pretensions with gadgets and lavish accessories won't be successful unless the ride is improved....and that means softened. The performance-at-a-price advantage of the XT Premium over the RDX made the difference, but it would have been nice to have the ride of the 2010.
  • Don't forget the XT runs the WRX engine and that is an aggressive one. I can not see this car with a softer suspension at all. I'm also missing the growl of the boxer turbo engine. The 14 Forester XT sounds like an ordinary sedan of any brand.
    I expected the same noise as the WRX from it. Have no idea about the 2010 because I had a WRX and that had a much harder ride than the 14 Forester.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 679
    Perhaps Subaru should consider the 2014 XT a success since both WRX and previous turbo forester owners bought one.

    I expect the next WRX version of the 2.0l turbo to have considerably more power than the Forester XT and for it to require (not just recommend) high octane fuel. Perhaps in excess of 300Hp.

    Does anyone know whether the block is semi-closed deck like the 2.5l turbo? And what about forged crank, pistons, etc?
  • Subaru will have to address the automatic transmission on the XT models. CVT is just not right for the turbo Forester. That engine needs a more definite shifting than a CVT can do and that is my ONLY dissapointment with the car moving over from WRX. To me it is like puting second hand worn tires on a new WRX, just makes no point at all.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    edited September 2013
    Fans of earlier Foresters are not likely to appreciate the considerably stiffer suspension on the 2014s. I like it however. The ride I find overly stiff is the Crosstrek.

    One of the problems with the new Forester is the platinum upholstery which I think is hideous. It needs a darker, tawnier shade and hue. Subarus and all cars for that matter need to get away from that colorless putty gray and into more golden if desaturated earth tones.

    The Jasmine Green Forester is a nice color only to be ruined by the platinum gray which is foisted upon the buyer. It really needs a khaki or brown interior IMO.

    I don’t know how neutral, colorless grays ever became a default color for car interiors especially with gray paint finishes. You don’t find too many people using gray upholstery in homes. Brown hues are natural yet people seem to fear using them in cars. Doesn’t make sense.

    Silver with sand, tan and brown works! Warm up those grays!

    And it’s about time HD radio came standard on all base models, or as a stand-alone item without having to get a package.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 679
    The color problem in the new XT Foresters was solved with black only. At least it is better than the quick-to-soil platinum.

    With Subaru's very small production volumes, multiple color choices are not practical at the present price point. I seem to recall extra cost paint colors on my Audis. I prefer Subaru pricing.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    edited October 2013
    Unfortunately, my new black XT interior dirties up faster than the old '09 gray interior. Seems most dirt out here in Portland area is grayish, as is concrete dust. Black also gets hotter in the sun.

    Given how similar Subaru interiors are, restricting XT interiors to one color choice only shouldn't be necessarry. Besides, who ever decreed that black is the only "sporty" color (Euro brands have used reds and tans in sporty cars for years)? The only place I've seen an abundance of black vehicles and interiors is Southern California (mostly a desert...guess they like sauntas on wheels).
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 679
    I still have the new, never installed grey floor mats from my 2010 XT. I may use them for winter mats if they can be made to fit. I'll see which color looks the worst with snow and mud

    The 2014 grey fabric is much lighter than the grey leather was on the 2010.
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