CHANGES FOR 2014:
For 2014, Subaru has redesigned the Forester crossover into its fourth generation. While the redesign isn’t dramatic on the outside, it brings some important technical updates. Base models retain the 2.5L boxer four-cylinder engine from the previous generation, making the same 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, but it is paired with two new transmissions: a six-speed manual replaces last year’s five-speed, and a continuously variable (CVT) automatic takes the place of the old model’s four-speed automatic. Turbocharged XT models get a new 2.0L engine that makes more power (250 hp and 258 lb-ft) than last year’s turbo 2.5L; the XT uses the CVT automatic exclusively. New tech includes the EyeSight driver assist system that controls adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning; it’s an option in Limited models with either engine.
Trims include 2.5i (manual or automatic), 2.5i Convenience (automatic), 2.5i Convenience PZEV (automatic), 2.5i Touring (manual or automatic), 2.5i Limited (automatic), 2.0XT Touring (automatic), 2.0XT Limited (automatic).
2.5i models get the 2.5L engine, manual transmission with hill-holder function, open rear differential, stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, brake override system, seven airbags including driver’s knee blocker, active front headrests, six-way manual driver’s seat and four-way manual passenger seat, engine immobilizer and security system, 17-inch steel wheels, whiplash-reducing front seats, body-coloured outside door handles, multifunction trip computer, power-adjustable, foldable and heated body-colour side mirrors, privacy tinted glass on rear doors and cargo area, roof rails, four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth streaming audio and auxiliary input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod USB audio integration, aluminum hood, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, heated front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, power windows with driver auto up/down and cloth upholstery.
Automatic transmission models get X-mode and hill descent control.
The 2.5i convenience package adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar, automatic headlights, rear tonneau cover, backup camera, fog lights, 4.3-inch trip computer display, cargo area tray, rear seat armrest with cupholders and an adjustable front armrest console.
Automatic transmission models get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
2.5i Convenience models with the PZEV engine get additional emissions control equipment and PZEV badging.
2.5i Touring Foresters build on the 2.5i convenience package and add 17-inch aluminum wheels, sunroof, fog lights, wiper de-icer, reclining rear seats with armrest and cupholders, cargo area tray, leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, HD radio, chrome interior door handles, six-speaker stereo with iPod USB integration, roofline spoiler, black roof rails, stainless steel exhaust tip, power tailgate with memory function and upgraded gauges.
2.0XT Touring trim adds the turbocharged engine and CVT, SI-Drive, upgraded brakes, 18-inch wheels, tilt-adjustable front head restraints, single-zone automatic air conditioning, dual stainless steel exhaust tips, and a unique chrome grille and front bumper.
Limited trim adds Xenon headlights with LED accent lighting, driver and passenger front seatback pockets, chrome grille, electroluminescent gauges, door should chrome accents, retractable cargo cover, leather seats, stainless steel rear step pad and exhaust tip, door mirrors with LED turn signal repeaters, Harmon/Kardon eight-speaker stereo, one-touch folding rear seats, satellite radio and auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors.
2.0XT Limited adds a power tailgate with memory function, dual-zone air conditioning and satellite radio.