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This week I’m behind the wheel of another new offering – this time Subaru’s all-new 2014 Subaru Forester. Arguably the Subaru Forester was one of the first “Crossover” vehicles to hit the market, although it started more as a station wagon built on the Subaru Impreza platform. It has grown over the years into more of an SUV but retains some car-like qualities compared to the competition.

Subarus in general have never been known for their fuel economy – their all-wheel-drive platforms take most of the blame for this – but for some it is worth the peace of mind to have one of the best all-wheel-drive systems underneath them. Subaru hopes to change their fuel economy story, first with the introduction of the Impreza and XV Crosstrek last year and now this new Forester.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i car test drives subaru daily car reviews
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The Forester can be had with the choice of two engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder boxer engine that outputs 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque (this is the engine my tester is sporting) or a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder boxer engine with an impressive 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5L engine is available with a six-speed manual box for those that still want to row their own gears or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for those that prefer an automatic – the 2.0 turbo is available only with the CVT.

My tester is equipped with the CVT, Subaru’s volume seller. My tester is equipped with the Convenience package, which adds $1,800 to the Forester’s base price of $25,995, and the CVT adds $1,300. Included in the Convenience package are: 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, rear tonneau cover, paddle shifters, automatic headlamps and an upgraded 4.3-inch information screen.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $31,162.50

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.