With the new models coming such as Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Evoque, the Subaru Forester has tightly grip into its competitive segment. Could the Forester capable of holding into its throne while at the same time appeal to more mainstream audience ?
The Forester has two models: the 2.5i with a carry over, 170 horse power 2.5 liter flat four and the 2.0XT that got a new 250 horse power turbocharged flat four based on the BRZ with 2.0 liter engine.
The 2.5i had the base, premium, limited and touring edition. While the 2.0XT only the premium and touring. The six-speed manual is available only to the 2.5i and 2.5i premium also replaces the five cog unit, while other Forester get a CVT in exchanged for the four speed automatic.
The 2014 Subaru Forester is available in six trim levels for the 2.5i : Base, Premium, Limited and Touring. All of them had the 2.5 liter with four cylinder engine, and the 2.0XT Premium and Touring both got a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder.
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i standard equipment includes the 17 inch steel wheels, full power accessories, height adjustable driver seat, a cruise control, bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, steering wheel and four speaker for sound system with a cd player, an audio jack and ipod / usb audio interface, also the satellite radio is an optional.
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium equipment includes the 17 inch alloy wheels, rear glass for privacy, roof rails, a rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, multifunction display, eight way power driver seat, a fold down rear armrest, HD radio and six speakers for the sound system. Once you get the trim, the All weather package and touchscreen navigation system with 6.1 inch display and voice controls will be available.
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited comes with all the standard from the standard and premium, plus automatic headlights, a power rear lift gate, automatic climate control, chrome exterior trim, LC display, upholstery leather, reclining rear seat back and a cargo area tray, however the navigation system is also optional.
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring has the standard navigation system, with an upgraded gauges, dual zone automatic climate control, eight speaker for sound system, a push button to fold the rear seatback, auto close, and memory for the power lift gate.
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium got all the equipment of the 2.5i Premium, plus the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and VCT, with 18 inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler and the leather wrapped steering wheel.
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring equipment pretty much the same as the 2.5i Touring. There is an optional for the touring model, that is the Driver Assist Technology package with an adaptive cruise control, keyless ignition, a xenon headlamps, and eyesight system that insert the adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and the previous collision braking function.
Each and every 2014 Subaru Forester include the anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a front side, curtain side and driver knee airbag. Also the rear view camera is standard for all but the base 2.5i.
From the crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2014 Subaru Forester receives the highest possible rating of Good in the frontal offset, side and roof by a strength test.