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2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

An SUV for All Occasions

A three-quarter front view of a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT
In short: A versatile and well-equipped small SUV.

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Review

Sporting an athletic 2.0-liter turbocharged flat 4 motor and Subaru’s proven symmetrical all-wheel drive, this versatile small SUV is comfortable both at soccer practice and in the mountains. In 2.0XT trim, the Forester is quick and capable, with responsive acceleration from its 250 horsepower boxer engine and CVT combo. Inside, our Marine Blue Pearl Touring-level tester boasted HD radio, touch-screen navigation, spacious leather seats and plenty of cargo room.

2014 Forester interior

Long a favorite of dog park habitues, artists and young parents, the current generation Subaru Forester is more capacious, capable and fuel-efficient than ever before. Subaru loves its CVTs (continuously variable transmissions) lately, and, while some enthusiasts may cringe at the thought of these belt-driven gearboxes originally only used on hybrids and economy cars, the unit in the Forester XT feels crisp and responsive, with little of the eerie delay that plagued early CVTs. The turbo motor provides plenty of passing power on the highway and the well-damped struts give the Forester a decent ride for long trips.

2014 Forester left side

Thanks in part to the CVT and downsized- engine, the latest Subaru Forester is more fuel efficient than earlier versions were. It’s EPA ratings of 23 city/ 28 highway MPG handily beat those of the old 2.5XT with its conventional automatic transmission. And, while we do wish the Forester 2.0XT were offered with a manual, we realize that probably only automotive journalists would buy one; thus a manual Forester XT would appeal to about the same number of people who’d buy a diesel Corvette station wagon. (GM, if you’re reading this, you’ve got a customer waiting.)

Though we didn’t have a chance to test the 2014 Forester in ice or snow, we can report that the symmetrical all-wheel drive gives the Forester secure on-road handling, despite a fair amount of body roll in tighter corners. Overall, the Forester 2.0XT is one of the more involving of today’s small SUVs. As a bonus, especially for the family market, the 2014 Subaru Forester is one of only a few compact SUVs to receive the Insurance Institute’s top safety pick+ award, meaning it scored well in all crash tests and provides some level of accident avoidance technology.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance

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Base Price: n/a / As Tested: n/a

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter intercooled, turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 158 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
Transmission: continuously variable transmission

Curb weight: 3,6 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.9 / 70.7 / 66.4 in
Turning circle: n/a

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; double-wishbone rear

Traction: Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control; X-Mode traction assist system

0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 130 mph

EPA City: 23 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: driver and front passenger front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag


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Photography: AlphaMedia

Make: Subaru, Vehicle Type: SUV

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