By on November 1, 2012


The Forester stands alone in evading Subaru’s more questionable styling choices, but it hasn’t ever looked particularly enticing either. The 2014 model, with its new Impreza-esque front and rear treatments, continues that tradition. Under the hood, things are more promising.

In addition to Subaru’s venerable 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, a 2.0L turbocharged version, good for 250 horsepower, is also on deck. The downside is that the blown motor comes exclusively with a CVT gearbox, while the 2.5L has the option of a 6-speed manual. Subaru enthusiasts can take consolation in the fact that the new turbocharged FA engine will almost certainly appear in the next generation WRX – and maybe, just maybe, the BRZ as well.

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22 Comments on “2014 Subaru Forester Gets The Corporate Mug...”

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    Much more generic and Santa Fe-ish styling, even for Subaru. You clearly won’t stand out from the CUV crowd, unless you have the turbo.

    …maybe it’ll look better in person.

    The real question is that Subaru has 3 cars with a similar role, the Forester, Tribeca, and Outback–and what will happen over upcoming model cycles. The current forester lost out to the better, and similarly proced Outback.

    The Tribeca is just a dog and needs to die.

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    What’s up with the trend of giving the performance-oriented trim a blacked out strip of fender? It always reminds me of bottom-barrel trims on already cheap cars from the 90’s (especially Saturns.)

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      Makes it look like there’s a huge, aggressive, air intake instead of boring plastic bumper.

      Bugs and dirt will fade it grey and it’ll look terrible after a year or two.

      • 0 avatar

        Oil-based, durable marine paint is available wherever boats are sold. It adheres very well to those surfaces, even faded ones, and allows you to “personalize” the car.

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    Uplander? Is that you?

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    Handsome and not overwrought. Much better than the current Forester, which I’ve never really liked since they gave it a less wagonesque, more SUV-ish profile. But then I like quirky-looking cars mixed in with my beige; they’re like cinnamon in the oatmeal.

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      And yet… it *Squints* at you. The way its grille is placed in relation to the headlights, and the down turned angle of the headlights. It may develop frown lines in its hood by the times its 4.

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    While I’m not an expert on this, I don’t believe the 2.5l engine is especially “venerable.” Didn’t Subaru completely redo/redesign the 2.5l about a year and a half ago? As far as I can recall, they put it in the Outback. #corrections?

    The car is fairly clean and not overdesigned. Sure, not beautiful, but then I can’t think of many CUVs that are. Especially any that retain reasonable sight lines.

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      “…reasonable sight lines.”

      I love it. When was the last time anyone knew where the corners were? Nostalgia? Thin, obscuring steel must be cheaper/lighter than glass to make a high-waisted vehicle structurally sound. We all know that the little backup screens will be dead just out of warranty, and all the similarly defective/short-lived ones will be cleared off the shelves to meet demands until that extended warranty moment arrives when you finally get the next defective part you’ve simply ordered on instalment. Sound parking will make cars virtually uninsurable. “Forward!” seems to be popular theme these days. No one wants to even think of backing up (into History). There are no real world redos when the design process is virtual. Moving forward…in our invariably blacked-lined Skinner boxes….

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        Agreed, that is one of the main reasons we ended up with a leftover 12 Accord EX-L…which was the same price as a base Sonata, Optima, or 13 Fusion. More features, better visibility, good powertrain, wife loves it. Legacy was also on my list but I don’t want 2 Subarus. My 07 Outback just had $1200 in repairs recently, at 67k miles. Wheel bearing and hub, axle, starter, battery, and I’m afraid the clutch may not make it past 75k even though I’ve always been easy on it.

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      You are correct, and TTAC gets another Subaru related post wrong again.

      In fact, the Forester was the first vehicle to receive the new FB engine, which replaced the EJ engine that has been thrumming around for 20 something years now. The new FB engines have also made their way into the 2013 Outbacks as well.

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    – Hopefully the move to CVT puts mpg in the range of the CR-V, Escape and Outback. The current Forester’s mpg wasn’t bad, even with the old 4EAT, but it’s harder to compete with new ’12 and ’13 models making 30 mpg or better hwy (with AWD).

    – I think some were worried that the Forester would move to the non-turbo 2.0L that powers the new Impreza and Crosstrek. I guess they’ll still be able to complain that the available turbo isn’t offered with a stick (same as the current gen).

    – As for its place in the lineup, it’s more power and space than the Crosstrek, and less “mommy-mobile” stigma than the Outback. (Though enthusiasts see all crossovers that way.) And won’t suck gas like the (soon dead?) Tribeca.

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    Is this the highest torque apllication of a CVT transmission? If I recall- CVT transmissions cannot be used in large displacement applications because they can’t handle the torque load. If so, the turbo mill here must be on the edge of the envelope, if not stretching the envelope.

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      Well, hybrids use CVTs and have high torque, but those aren’t really the same thing as Subaru’s unit.

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      Take a look at the new CVT that Nissan has designed for the 2013 Pathfinder. It’s also a chain driven unit, similar to the one in the Subaru and it is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

      CVTs seem to be the way of the future for Subaru for non-manual applications. Hopefully they get it right.

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    Weird. I always thought the Forester was the ugliest of the Subarus. Another case of aesthetic disparity on the internet.

    This new one looks less offensive to me, but still not particularly interesting.

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    The continued proliferation of CVT’s is taking its toll on my enthusiast soul. We purchased a 3.6R Outback in 2010, not necessarily because we wanted the extra power, but because it was the only one to come with a traditional automatic. True, you can grab a manual in the OB, but it was only available on the base model. That trend continues with the Impreza and now the Forester. People who want at least some options on the car are stuck with the dreadful CVT. CVT only on the turbo is the ultimate kick in the…

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    after looking at it for a bit too long, I had an unappetizing ZX2 aftertaste…

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    This looks too much like an Equinox.

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