Subaru pulled the wraps off the new 2014 Forester at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show with an upgraded interior, better packaging, and more fuel-efficient powertrains. But will a more mainstream approach win over current Subaru fans?
We think the new Forester will appeal to both current and new Subaru customers alike. For the diehards, there's more ground clearance and an X Mode for off-road driving, while the newbies get more comfortable seating and fold-flat rear seats.
The new 2014 Forester is powered by either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 170 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine rated at 250 horsepower. Both engines are connected to a CVT, though the base 2.5i model also is available with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is up with an EPA rating of 32 mpg on the highway while the turbocharged model drops that rating to 28 mpg on the highway.
Inside the Forester you'll find more room than ever, and more flexibility, now that the rear seats fold nearly flat--that increases cargo capacity. The interior materials have been upgraded with soft-touch plastics and better graining. In all, the look inside the 2014 Forester is more upscale.
The 2014 Subaru Forester will go on sale in a few months, and pricing will be announced closer to launch.