2014 Subaru Forester

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list of any­one The shop­ping 2014 for Subaru a com­pact, Forester all-wheel-drive be­longs on the fam­ily sport-util­ity wagon or — cross­over-util­ity even if you are cat­e­gory. forced to This shop is for a wagon, it in the and it’s the best of the lot.

Ride, three. ac­cel­er­a­tion The Forester’s and new han­dling: rear sus­pen­sion It gets is top a marks wel­come in all im­prove­ment ex­cel­lent han­dling. — a softer, more com­fort­able ride with

Head-turn­ing pre­de­ces­sor. But quo­tient: it looks like A tad what larger it is and — a rounder wagon. than its

Body/lay­out: It is a com­pact, front-en­gine, all-wheel-drive util­ity wagon with four side doors and a rear hatch. Ini­tially avail­able in two trim lev­els, Base and Pre­mium.

Tech­ni­cal changes: The 2014 model comes with a new six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or a con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic trans­mis­sion (no fixed gears) that also can be op­er­ated man­u­ally via steer­ing wheel pad­dles. My model came with the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, one of the best of its type I’ve ever driven.

En­gines/trans­mis­sions: Avail­able are a 2.5-liter flat-four­cylin­der gaso­line en­gine (170 horse­power, 174 pound-feet of torque) and a tur­bocharged, 2-liter, gaso­line-di­rect­in­jec­tion, flat-four-cylin­der en­gine.

Tech­ni­cal high­lights: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes on­board nav­i­ga­tion with a 6.1-inch touch-screen, high­def­i­ni­tion ra­dio, MP3/WMA ca­pa­bil­ity and smart­phone in­te­gra­tion. A sep­a­rate, smaller screen in­te­grated into the in­stru­ment panel is avail­able with back-up cam­era.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seats five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity is 34.4 cu­bic feet with the rear seats up and 61.7 cu­bic feet with those seats folded. Es­ti­mated fuel ca­pac­ity is 16.9 gal­lons. Reg­u­lar grade is okay. Use pre­mium grade for “best per­for­mance” in the tur­bocharged 2-liter model.

Mileage: In the tur­bocharged 2-liter model, I got 27 miles per gal­lon on the high­way (one pas­sen­ger and no cargo).

Safety: Four-wheel ven­ti­lated disc brakes, four-wheel an­tilock brake pro­tec­tion, emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance, elec­tronic brake-force distri­bu­tion, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, and side and head air bags.

Pric­ing: The man­u­fac­turer’s sug­gested re­tail price of the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Pre­mium with con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion is $27,995. Es­ti­mated dealer’s in­voice price on that model is $26,000. Price as tested is $28,820, in­clud­ing an $825 trans­porta­tion charge. Es­ti­mated dealer’s price as tested is $26,825. This will be a high-de­mand ve­hi­cle. Deal­ers prob­a­bly will price ac­cord­ingly, mean­ing no dis­counts in the early go­ing.

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