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2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: Ultimate Guide

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At one month into our 2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, we're pleased to report we've settled into an easy rhythm with our Best Car To Buy 2014. It's one of the most versatile wagons we've ever driven--a gaping maw to stuff with household goods or charity donations one day, a perky little turbocharged sport wagon to thread through Appalachian interstates the next.

And it's pretty stingy on gas, too. The Forester's turning in a solid 24.4 miles per gallon so far, and has soldiered on at that level through two 750-mile 80-mile-per-hour road trips, with two more to come in the next few weeks.

We're suitably nestled, but maybe you've missed our extensive coverage so far on this latter-day 240DL. Before we hit the road again, we'll take this week's update to bring you up to speed on the Forester. Let's start with the basics:

2014 Subaru Forester Review

Our comprehensive look at the Forester points out all the worthwhile changes that have brought Subaru's compact crossover ute into the mainstream. The Forester gets much more appealing styling, more comfortable seats and higher-grade interior trim, and new and useful driving aids and safety electronics.

Best Car To Buy 2014

Last fall, we named the Forester our Best Car To Buy 2014, from a tightly competitive field including the Cadillac CTS, Acura MDX, and Kia Soul. The Forester earned a TCC Rating of 8.4, and we gave it the nod over the pricier vehicles just making our $50,000 price cut. Why? "It's no longer an oddball niche wagon," we wrote. "Instead it's a fully sorted, thoughtfully designed vehicle in nearly every respect."

Subaru Forester

In-house, we call these pages "ubers"--a single page to bookmark for everything we publish on a single model. On these pages you'll get a history of the nameplate and vehicles wearing the badge; see our how our ratings for a vehicle have changed over time; get links to our latest news posts; see data on crash tests and recalls; and most importantly, find listings for new Subaru Foresters for sale across the country, from our database of more than 3 million listings.

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