Subaru introduced the all-new 2014 Forester in Japan two weeks ago and now it makes its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The fourth generation all-wheel drive Forester features a newly designed exterior, roomier interior, improved performance and higher fuel economy across the line. A new 250 horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine leads the list of new features for the crossover and it will also be powered by a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine.
Best-in-class fuel mileage
Details have been released about the new Forester’s fuel economy and the 2014 model will jump to the head of its segment in all-wheel drive fuel economy. The 2.5i models with the automatic CVT will achieving manufacturer-estimated fuel mileage ratings of 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined. That’s just slightly less than the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek that gets 33 mph on the highway.
2014 Forester offers more interior room
The 2014 Forester is built on a new platform featuring a 0.9-inch longer wheelbase and vehicle length is increased by just 1.4-inch, and width by 0.6-in. That translates to more interior room than the previous-generation model. In the rear, the new Forester picks up the most room where legroom is now 41.7 inches. Higher seat hip points, a lower center tunnel and shorter front console also provide greater legroom and comfort for the center rear seat passenger. With the 60/40 split rear seatbacks lowered, maximum rear cargo area room is now 74.7 cu. ft., which is among the best in class.
2014 Forester gets many new features
For 2014, all Forester models come with a number of new features never offered before on the crossover. Those include a new Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system that contributes to the improved fuel efficiency and provides excellent feedback to the driver. The new-generation Forester debuts in LA with new amenities and conveniences, along with more upscale luxury features on high-line models.
All models, except for the base 2.5i, now come with a standard rear vision camera and color multi-function display. Other new features include a power rear liftgate with automatic close, Keyless Access and Start and the EyeSight driver assist system. New safety features for all 2014 Forester models include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver’s knee airbag, Brake Override and an impact-sensing fuel system cutoff.
New EyeSight driver assist system
Subaru’s new driver assist system called EyeSight has been wildly popular in Japan and is being offered for the first time on the 2014 Forester. The majority of buyers in Japan are choosing the new safety system on the XV Crosstrek which includes Pre-Collision Braking System, Pre-Collision Brake Assist, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Sway and Departure Warning and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
The new EyeSight safety system works like a second pair of eyes that monitors the road ahead and recognizes potential dangerous driving situations. EyeSight uses three-dimensional images captured by cameras mounted at the top of the windshield, and features audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to take action. The new safety system will also apply automatic braking intervention, when necessary, to help avoid or reduce the severity of a detected frontal collision.
2.0XT models get extra upgrades
In addition to the new 2.0-liter turbo engine, the 2.0XT models deliver sharper handling responses and feature a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch wheels.The 2.0XT also features larger brakes than the 2.5i models, with ventilated front and rear rotors. The 2.0XT models feature an exclusive aggressive looking sport design front bumper along with a one-piece mesh style grille and chrome-rimmed fog light bezels.
The all-new Forester 2.5i model will be available in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT will be offered in Premium and Touring versions. The 2.5i models offer a choice between a new six-speed manual transmission and the Subaru Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). A high-torque version of the CVT is standard in the sporty Forester 2.0XT models, where it features six-speed and eight-speed manual shift modes with steering wheel paddle switches.
The all-new 2014 Subaru Forester has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, and it looks like Subaru has another winner to go along with the new Subaru BRZ and XV Crosstrek. Pricing has not been announced, but the new crossover will be available for sale in U.S. showrooms next spring.