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2014 Subaru Forester

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  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    Well you always learn. I did know about the application of CVT in the 1920s but not about Leonardo da Vinci's plans.
    I have tried the car today on a 15% inclined asphalt road. It would pick up without any effort from 0 to 60 Ml/Hr. Also I got since I'm in Canada on a 200KM run 11.8 Liter/100Km of avarage fuel consumption. That was on backroads and some highway and not over 75Ml/Hr.

    Laszlo
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    I am under the impression that the Xt's CVT is the same as the one in the turbo diesel with CVT sold in Australia.

    Which is most likely the same as the Legacy DIT.
  • vamarcvamarc Posts: 4
    That sounds like a great deal! Where in Va did you find that deal? I am in Richmond, and looking for a Forrester.
    Thanks!
  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    Here is an article that I came accross of. The difference between the Turbo and Non Turbo models of the Foresters CVT. http://www.sae.org/mags/aei/11625/
  • vamarcvamarc Posts: 4
    I live in VA as well, and been looking for a 2014 Forrester. That is a great deal! Where in Va might I find the same deal?
    Thanks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Looks like the turbo gets taller gearing. I think the final drive is also taller.

    Can someone tell us what rpm you get @ 60mph cruising?

    It may actually vary, but I mean steady cruising.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    edited April 2013
    Can someone tell us what rpm you get 60mph cruising?

    Cruising at 60mph in an XT? Is this an April Fool's joke? :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited April 2013
    OK, 100mph. :D

    So long as non-turbo owners report revs at the same speed.
  • Brown subaru in charlottesville.
  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    1900 RPM. It barely moves the needle. Yeah I'm still breaking in the unit. I got only about 350 miles on it. I like to take it easy up to 1000 Ml. After will play. I had a WRX before and I wanted as much power but something that can handle deeper snow.

    Laszlo
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    1900rpm at 60mph on an XT, right? Nice...humming along using very little gas I'm sure.

    Any non-turbo owners who can check?
  • Is anyone else out there somewhat concerned about thieves smashing the small "wind-wing" style glass near the side mirrors? Seems like an easy way for criminals to get into the car just like they did back in the 70's... it would then be very easy to unlock the front door once broken.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If a thief wants in, they'll get in.

    I'm sure this is more secure than the old frameless doors.
  • Indeed. however, like someone else said. if they want it, theyll get in regardless of that window. I would personally prefer that small window seeing as it would be easier to see more of the road with less blind spots.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,396
    Agreed regarding the theft sentiments. As for the utility of the glass, I'm not convinced. There's nothing to see through there, and I doubt, from a safety perspective, anyone would miss it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Less curb rash when parallel parking, is my guess.
  • I have emailed a few dealerships about a 2.0XT Premium & I am being told they are not making very many of these. Has anyone else heard of this? I have only found 4 within 100 miles of me in CA.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Fitzmall has more than 100 Foresters and only 3 of them are XT Premiums.

    So not unheard of but far from common.
  • The dealership I emailed with is not willing to discount the car much either. I am probable going to look for a different car.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 683
    The dealership I emailed with is not willing to discount the car much either. I am probable going to look for a different car.

    An Acura RDX awd? The new XT Touring is the same price as a minimally equipped RDX now! Warranty and service might both be better. Fuel economy for the six is probably not as good. The lack of all weather package availability on the XT Premium at $30k kills it in the northern states. At $35k for the Touring, alternative choices may be better. My 2010 Forester XT Limited looks more like a keeper every day; it was less than $29k.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No AWP on an XT Premium? Should have it at that price.

    I wonder if they get it in Canada?
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 683
    No AWP on an XT Premium? Should have it at that price.

    I wonder if they get it in Canada?


    Even if they do it's usually higher priced there.

    I think it is time for an Impreza 2.0T automatic to be added to the mix.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bring back the Impreza GT.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 683
    Bring back the Impreza GT

    And tune it like the 2010-2013 Forester XT for off-the-line performance; it doesn't need to be even close to the WRX's horsepower. 87 octane, of course.
  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    We have two XT models here in Canada and both have the AWP. Personally I think an automatic WRX or STI would be a total waste. Those cars are drivers cars. You need / have to become one with the machine and that you can not do with an automatic. An automatic thinks asses and then executes. The standard is instantenious It doesn't think, just does. No questions asked. I just sold mine after 6 years and got the XT. Believe me it is worth to learn how to drive well standard and get one of those monsters.
    You ask then why did I change? I'm 72 years old and my wife had a hip replacement. Also I'm am a fast driver and the Forester might slow me down a bit. Sort of.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,457
    An automatic thinks asses and then executes. The standard is instantenious It doesn't think, just does.

    A CVT, which Subaru would use, is instantaneous.
  • I don't understand this company. Advertise the hell out of this car, but don't have the inventory. The odds of finding the turbo model with your color combo will be impossible. Getting one built from the factory is 4 months. I am looking for another car now.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I doubt it would take 4 months.

    They say 6-8 weeks, but I ordered one to get the color and options we wanted and we had it in just 5 weeks.
  • aktennisaktennis Posts: 8
    I started shopping for the sleek looking 2013 Toyota RAV4 and I end up with not that great looking 2014 Subaru Forester. Here are my reasons:

    1. Best track record of safety rating of previous forester.

    2. Best all wheel drive in the class.

    3. Premium model has power seat while Rav4's XLE model does not have. Also, the power seat is better than RAV4's power seat (Limited) since it give you more angle to adjust: The front end of the seat goes down further so that it will not reduce the blood flow like RAV4.

    4. Highest ground clearance: 8.7 in vs 6.3 in.

    However, a few things I think Subaru needs to improve on this model:

    1. The quality of cruise control is not acceptable. The position of the button is not good and it is not smooth to toggle. Among my other cars, Toyota's cruise control is the best and Honda accord's is reasonably good.

    2. The style is so so, wondering why Subaru can not learn from the style of best looking luxury cars on the market? I think Subaru needs to revolutionize their designs. The front grill needs to look better. In my view, outback is the only handsome car in Subaru's line.

    3. It does not have a tray to put my garbage in.

    In all, the pros outweighs the cons by far. That is why I purchased 2014 Forester.

    Also, glad that Forester did not use low profile tires which cause problems of damaging the expensive aluminum tires resulting from hitting the potholes on the road.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats!

    I agree that huge 19-20" rims on crossovers don't make much sense.
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