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2014 Subaru Forester



  • To me, the 2014 Forester (4th Gen) looks like it's morphing into a mini van.

    They moved the A pillar forward 8 inches to create more cabin room, which shortened the hood accordingly.

    I liked the look of the 3rd Generation better, with its long hoodline, but the 4th Gen is clearly the more functional design, and it is better in almost all other respects as well.
  • gene28gene28 Posts: 8
    edited October 2013
    We have the 2014 Forester and just love it...from comfort to the great visibility it is just perfect. The ride is good and frankly we think it is a great looking car. So far nothing not to like...a good value.
  • I'm just replying to a robot-message from Edmunds but I thought all the new Foresters were CVT and that turned me away--I don't trust chains and stuff holding up to 250K miles like a manual transmission so I x'd-off Subaru from my current new-car options. If the old MPG was 25 for an automatic went to 32 with CVT, cool but I don't think I trust the 'chain technology'.

    I'll probably spend some more time in the coming week but jeez, if they offered a 5/6-speed manual that got 30+ mpg I'd probably have a solution to my new car search. Love the Mazda CX-5 but the Subaru has ?10 cubic feet more cargo handling.

    For all of you like me...OMG there are so many choices in the same $range! ...aaaaah!
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,554
    6 speed manual is available in Base and Premium (non-turbo).

    P.S. Moonroof is not available with manual transmission.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Forester won again. :shades:
  • I purchased a 2014 Forester premium with a 6-speed transmission six weeks ago, mostly because I like manual transmissions and partly because I was thinking along the same lines: I don't trust CVT transmissions over the long haul (literally) and I intend to keep this new vehicle for the next 20 years if I possibly can. I am getting GREAT gas mileage (up to 38 mpg, typically around 36 mpg on backroads and two-lane highways) and I love its handling. Wonderful interior room. Easy in-and-out for my 90 year old mom. An extra two inches of ground clearance for rural Colorado roads. I NEVER thought I'd buy an SUV (those ugly, giant gas guzzlers) but so far so good with this Forester.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,226
    I agree that the current generation is better in most respects, including handling (a definite plus in my book), which is why it is so frustrating to me that they felt so compelled to give it a heavy dose of the ugly treatment.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've read it's more stiffly sprung than the outgoing model.
  • The '14's shocks also work more effectively. Try driving an earlier '09 series forester over a speed bump and you will probably get rear end hop and pogo. The '14 goes over same bump without any of that distraction.

    The '14 XT's has stiffer springs and damping than base model, but IMHO while the newer XT feels more road aware than before, it has not proven unpleasantly stiff on trips.
  • Thanks for the reply. 36-38 ...OMG, Is that for real? Are the Subaru sites 29 mpg Highway numbers that out of line with reality? If they could advertise 35 HW they'd own the small SUV market. (For that know what a
    clutch is).
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Uh, no! You have 1 "outlier" here who claims excessive gas mileage - which I find rather dubious, not knowing his driving habits, where he drives, etc. Let's wait for more manual drivers to chime in with great gas mileage. HINT: do not hold your breath.
  • I drive 600 miles every weekend between NJ and MA. Typically I got 28-30 mpg. I had experience getting 35 mpg for 50 miles driving at one time. I was driving toward east. The chances are the wind helped with mpg is it blows the direction that you are driving. The low 28 mpg that I got is due to hilly roads that will consume more energy. If it rains, the mpg will also drop based on my experience. I believe 32 mpg is right on the money as advertised if the highway road you drive is rather flat and under no wind and rain conditions.
  • A lot depends on your driving habits. I have about 950 miles on my 2014 Forester ( CVT) and live in a "not so flat" region, but my average over those miles is showing 36.6 mpg. I haven't driven it hard by any measure, but on a 500 mile trip recently( fully loaded) I averaged 37.2 mpg until I entered a city where it went down to 36.6. So, the 2014 Forester is capable of some remarkable gasoline mileages for its size and 4 wheel drive. Very, very pleased with it.
  • albert72albert72 Posts: 162
    Hello Everyone,

    I test drove a 2014 and liked it very much but would like to make an informed decision and thus, want to rid myself of the new car smell euphoria bias.

    Anyone with a 2014 have any regrets about their decision and if so, can you share specifics?

    I had heard that in some cases, the current 2.5L engine produces a ticking sound that cannot be addressed.

    Any issues with quality of build, problems / quality issues (large or small).

    Thanks for any feedback, I know everyone is busy and appreciate your time.
  • No regrets here. I haven not heard about the ticking sound you mentioned. I frequent a subaruforester owners forum and no one has mentioned any ticking sound. Where did you hear that? I do recall the sales person mentioning to use genuine subaru 0w-20 synthetic motor oil and genuine subaru filter, and I do plan to do that. I believe that oil is made by Idemitsu. and the subaru oil filter has a bypass setting that is hard to find in after market filters. Quality issues? None that I have seen so far.
  • Two things I think Subaru needs to improve:

    1. The steering wheel is off alignment: The left side of the steering wheel is about 1-2 in further away as compared to the right side. The middle of the display panel, the middle of steering wheel and the middle of the seat does not lined-up.

    2. The engine is not as smooth as it should be during idling.

    3. The tire size is 225/60/17 as compared against both Toyota Rav-4 and Honda CRV's 225/65/17. Less tire on side wall for absorbing impact.
  • albert72albert72 Posts: 162
    edited October 2013
    Thanks to both of you for the comments. I heard about the engine ticking noise on the Outback board - several people had commented and their cars had the latest 2.5L engine. Good info on the oil filter - was not aware of that.

    I noticed the steering wheel alignment as well - I wonder if that was intentional as it is hard to believe something like that would pass QC standards as it is not a one off issue.

    60 series tires probably allow for better performance (to the extent you can use such a word with an SUV) and better tire clearance in the wheel well. As a side note, IIHS data for the RAV 4 and CRV is poor. The small overlap test they initiated recently has really cast a poor light on some manufacturers products.

    Can both of you tell me how long you have had your cars and how many miles you have on them? Enjoy your vehicles and thanks again for the feedback.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,226
    Ah, the tires grew a little! Stock size on Gen3 is 225/55/R17. I'm sure that improves ride a little.

    A horizontally opposed engine will never be as smooth as other engine types at idle simply due to the fact that these engines are naturally balanced rather than having counterweights on the crankshaft for balancing. It's one of the world's ironies: horizontally opposed engines are smoother when it matters, but less stable configurations are smoother when you tend to notice it. :P
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    I have one of the first cars landed in North America. It is the Turbo version.
    I'm happy with the build and assembly of the car. Being the turbo it has different engine, transmission and suspension than the 2.5. Runs great, holds the road well and pass over speed bumps easy without you biting your tongue.
    The only sound that I hear is of clicking (kind of like when you hit a brake drum with a piece of metal) is sometimes but not all the time is when I engage or disengage the automatic transmission. That is I think due to the CVT transmission and the position of the steel belt that is running it.
    I love the car but hate the CVT for the turbo. It should work perfectly in the other models but not the XT. If Subaru comes out with a different transmission for the XT in the future I will change it just because of that. Just a note: if you are economy minded DON'T buy the turbo. That car has to be driven like the WRX
  • I bought my 2014 2.5L premium in April, now about 13,000 miles.
    I do not believe the off aligned steering wheel is intentional. Never had any other car I drove (about 10 cars) has this problem.

    Funny nowadays when you go to higher trim models you always get low profile tires. Low profile tires give the following problems:

    1. Stiffer ride
    2. Rim can easily damaged by hitting potholes and it is so costly to replace.
    3. Larger contact area to the ground that reduce traction on both snow and ice.

    The only good time for low profile tires is on dry days when you want to enjoy fast turning on winding roads. Perhaps it look a bit more sleek.

    When you choose small SUV, you look for practicality not focusing on the look.
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