2014 Subaru Forester Adds Size, Sophistication and Safety
Offered in 2.5i and 2.0XT model series, the new 2014 Forester 2.5i is available in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT comes only in Premium or Touring trim, and is distinguished by unique front styling with a mesh grille insert, fog lights, and exclusive aluminum wheels.
The redesigned 2014 Forester features a longer wheelbase and overall length, and is wider than before. The door sills are lowered 2 inches without any loss of ground clearance, and the new Forester's doors open wider for easier entry and exit. Rear-seat space and comfort are improved due to added rear-seat leg room, higher seat hip points, lower center tunnel, and a shorter front center console. The new 2014 Forester offers a larger cargo area, too. With the 60/40 split-folding rear seats folded down, the crossover SUV can carry up to 74.7 cubic feet of cargo.
A 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder "Boxer" engine is installed in the Forester 2.5i models, paired with a new 6-speed manual gearbox or an adaptive continuously variable transmission (CVT). Subaru expects the 2014 Forester's official EPA fuel-economy estimates to come in at 24 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg in combined driving.
The Forester 2.0XT's new turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder Boxer engine generates 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. An adaptive CVT is standard with this engine, and offers 6-speed and 8-speed manual shift modes via steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.0XT model also includes Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) control, which offers Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp driving modes.
An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is standard on every 2014 Subaru Forester. Models with a 6-speed manual transmission employ a viscous-coupling locking center differential and a 50:50 power split that is variable depending on traction at the surface. Models with a CVT get an Active AWD system that varies power distribution based on wheel slip and which provides a torque-vectoring effect when cornering.
All Foresters offer electric steering, 4-wheel independent suspension, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Hill-descent control is available on higher trim levels, along with an X-Mode control system that provides "better wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines," according to Subaru. The Forester 2.0XT adds a sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes with ventilated front and rear brake discs, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Under its skin, the new Forester employs Subaru's Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame design. New safety features include anti-whiplash front seat designs, driver knee air bag, and a Brake Override system that is designed to prevent the SUV from accelerating if the brake pedal is pressed. Additionally, if an air bag deploys, the Forester cuts fuel supply to the engine.
All Foresters except the base 2.5i have a reversing camera, and Subaru offers its new EyeSight driver assist system for this model. Using what Subaru calls a "stereo camera system" rather than radar, EyeSight includes an adaptive cruise control system, Pre-Collision Braking system, and a lane-departure warning system.
A new 4.3-inch LCD screen is standard, and provides an exterior temperature display and a road freeze warning display. All Foresters except the base 2.5i model also get a color in-dash display screen for the reversing camera and Bluetooth connectivity features. Premium and Limited trims are further upgraded with HD Radio, Bluetooth music streaming capability, and a digital media player connection.
Additionally, the 2014 Forester can be equipped with a new power rear liftgate with an automatic closing function, keyless entry system with push-button ignition, and a touch-screen navigation system with Aha smartphone integration technology with SMS text messaging capability. The Forester Touring trim comes standard with the navigation system and a 440-watt premium audio system.
Prices for the new 2014 Forester will be available closer to the SUV's on-sale date in the spring of 2013.
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