2014 Subaru Forester Pricing, Specs & Reviews

Find Another Subaru Forester
$21,995-$32,995
$20,811-$30,836
23 /CITY / 30 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What's New for 2014:

  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Higher seating, lower door sills, wider cabin
  • Bigger back seat, larger cargo area
  • Improved standard safety equipment
  • More powerful turbocharged engine option
  • New transmissions delivering better gas mileage
  • Updated AWD systems
  • Standard Bluetooth with music streaming
  • Available infotainment/smartphone integration
  • Available passive entry and push-button ignition
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available EyeSight safety technology

Introduction
The 2014 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV equipped with 5-passenger seating and standard all-wheel drive (AWD). It supplies 8.7 inches of minimum ground clearance, more than many other models in the segment. The new 2014 Forester competes against the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Models and Features
Subaru Forester buyers first decide whether or not they'd like to have a turbocharged engine. The turbo is installed in the Forester 2.0XT, while the less expensive, more fuel efficient, and more popular Forester 2.5i is equipped with the same base engine as last year. The Forester 2.5i is offered in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels, while the Forester 2.0XT can be equipped with Premium and Touring equipment. All have standard AWD.

Premium models add a 10-way power driver's seat, HD Radio, reversing camera, upgraded interior trim, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Models with a manual transmission include a standard All Weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a wiper de-icer system), while models with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) get a panoramic power sunroof. The 2.0XT Premium further includes a modified CVT with SI-DRIVE technology and X-Mode, a manual shift gate and paddle shifters, sport suspension, more powerful brakes, rear roof spoiler, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Limited trim is exclusive to the Forester 2.5i, and includes a standard CVT with X-Mode, hill-descent control technology, automatic headlights, fog lights, power rear liftgate, and a rear roof spoiler. Inside, the Limited trim level gains leather seats, an automatic climate control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, reclining rear seatback, and a cargo tray. The All Weather package is standard for the Limited trim level.

The Touring models include these features plus a touch-screen navigation system with smartphone integration, Bluetooth music streaming, HD Radio, voice activation, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging, satellite radio, and more. Additionally, the Touring version is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, premium audio system, upgraded gauges and interior trim, and power liftgate enhancements.

Options and Packages
Subaru dealers are ready to upgrade a Forester to specific buyer preferences and needs thanks to an extensive menu of extra-cost items. From the factory, Subaru offers a CVT for the Forester 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, and when equipped with the CVT, the Premium model can be equipped with an All Weather package.

A touch-screen navigation system is also optional for the Premium and Limited trim levels, accompanied by a full suite of infotainment upgrades. The Touring models are exclusively offered with a Driver Assist Technology package that contains HID headlights, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and Subaru's new EyeSight technology.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, along with AWD. A CVT is optional.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the Forester 2.0XT. It generates 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm, and is paired with a modified CVT designed to handle the engine's greater torque output. The CVT also provides 6-speed and 8-speed manual shift modes, and this powertrain features SI-DRIVE technology including Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp driving modes.

With the standard manual transmission, the Forester's AWD system splits power evenly between the front and rear wheels. With either CVT, a new Active AWD system powers the front wheels, and then transfers power to the rear as necessary. An X-Mode setting locks a power split to improve off-road performance, according to Subaru.

Fuel Economy
Depending on the engine and transmission selected, the 2014 Subaru Forester is expected to return between 22 mpg in the city for a 2.5i model with the manual gearbox, and 32 mpg on the highway for a 2.5i model with a CVT.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not performed crash tests on the 2014 Forester as this overview was written. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the organization said the 2014 Forester is the first vehicle it has tested \"to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test.\" As a result, the 2014 Subaru Forester earns a \"Top Safety Pick Plus\" designation from the Institute.

This year, the Forester is available with Subaru's EyeSight technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning systems. Additional upgrades for 2014 include standard anti-whiplash seat designs, driver's knee air bag, Brake Override system that is designed to prevent acceleration while the brake pedal is pressed, and a fuel cut-off system that activates following a collision.

What's New for 2014:

  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Higher seating, lower door sills, wider cabin
  • Bigger back seat, larger cargo area
  • Improved standard safety equipment
  • More powerful turbocharged engine option
  • New transmissions delivering better gas mileage
  • Updated AWD systems
  • Standard Bluetooth with music streaming
  • Available infotainment/smartphone integration
  • Available passive entry and push-button ignition
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available EyeSight safety technology

Introduction
The 2014 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV equipped with 5-passenger seating and standard all-wheel drive (AWD). It supplies 8.7 inches of minimum ground clearance, more than many other models in the segment. The new 2014 Forester competes against the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Models and Features
Subaru Forester buyers first decide whether or not they'd like to have a turbocharged engine. The turbo is installed in the Forester 2.0XT, while the less expensive, more fuel efficient, and more popular Forester 2.5i is equipped with the same base engine as last year. The Forester 2.5i is offered in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels, while the Forester 2.0XT can be equipped with Premium and Touring equipment. All have standard AWD.

Premium models add a 10-way power driver's seat, HD Radio, reversing camera, upgraded interior trim, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Models with a manual transmission include a standard All Weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a wiper de-icer system), while models with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) get a panoramic power sunroof. The 2.0XT Premium further includes a modified CVT with SI-DRIVE technology and X-Mode, a manual shift gate and paddle shifters, sport suspension, more powerful brakes, rear roof spoiler, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Limited trim is exclusive to the Forester 2.5i, and includes a standard CVT with X-Mode, hill-descent control technology, automatic headlights, fog lights, power rear liftgate, and a rear roof spoiler. Inside, the Limited trim level gains leather seats, an automatic climate control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, reclining rear seatback, and a cargo tray. The All Weather package is standard for the Limited trim level.

The Touring models include these features plus a touch-screen navigation system with smartphone integration, Bluetooth music streaming, HD Radio, voice activation, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging, satellite radio, and more. Additionally, the Touring version is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, premium audio system, upgraded gauges and interior trim, and power liftgate enhancements.

Options and Packages
Subaru dealers are ready to upgrade a Forester to specific buyer preferences and needs thanks to an extensive menu of extra-cost items. From the factory, Subaru offers a CVT for the Forester 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, and when equipped with the CVT, the Premium model can be equipped with an All Weather package.

A touch-screen navigation system is also optional for the Premium and Limited trim levels, accompanied by a full suite of infotainment upgrades. The Touring models are exclusively offered with a Driver Assist Technology package that contains HID headlights, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and Subaru's new EyeSight technology.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, along with AWD. A CVT is optional.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the Forester 2.0XT. It generates 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm, and is paired with a modified CVT designed to handle the engine's greater torque output. The CVT also provides 6-speed and 8-speed manual shift modes, and this powertrain features SI-DRIVE technology including Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp driving modes.

With the standard manual transmission, the Forester's AWD system splits power evenly between the front and rear wheels. With either CVT, a new Active AWD system powers the front wheels, and then transfers power to the rear as necessary. An X-Mode setting locks a power split to improve off-road performance, according to Subaru.

Fuel Economy
Depending on the engine and transmission selected, the 2014 Subaru Forester is expected to return between 22 mpg in the city for a 2.5i model with the manual gearbox, and 32 mpg on the highway for a 2.5i model with a CVT.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not performed crash tests on the 2014 Forester as this overview was written. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the organization said the 2014 Forester is the first vehicle it has tested \"to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test.\" As a result, the 2014 Subaru Forester earns a \"Top Safety Pick Plus\" designation from the Institute.

This year, the Forester is available with Subaru's EyeSight technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning systems. Additional upgrades for 2014 include standard anti-whiplash seat designs, driver's knee air bag, Brake Override system that is designed to prevent acceleration while the brake pedal is pressed, and a fuel cut-off system that activates following a collision.

Available Trims for the 2014 Subaru Forester
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2.5i (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21995.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name 2.5i (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 22995.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 2.5i Premium (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23495.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name 2.5i Premium (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 24995.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 2.5i Limited (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 27995.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 2.5i Touring (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 29995.00 Engine 2.5 L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/32
Name 2.0XT Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 27995.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 23/28
Name 2.0XT Touring (4dr Auto) Transmission CVT w/OD MSRP 32995.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 23/28
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study by Category
Comfort
Features and Instrument Panel
Style
Overall Performance and Design
Performance
Initial Quality Study (IQS) by Category
Powertrain Quality - Design
Overall Quality - Mechanical
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
Body & Interior Quality - Design
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
Overall Quality
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
Overall Quality - Design

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
INTERIOR
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver seat and passenger front seat back pocket
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Front Cupholder
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar support and passenger front seat back pocket
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Systems Monitor
  • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar support and driver and passenger front seat back pocket
  • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Vinyl/Rubber Mat
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
  • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels: 17" x 7.0J Steel w/Center Cap
  • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Cladding
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Wheels: 17" x 7.0J Aluminum Alloy -inc: Silver finish
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Express Open/Close Sliding Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Chrome Grille
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Wheels: 18" x 7.0J Aluminum Alloy -inc: Dark gray w/machine finish
  • Tires: P225/55R18 97H All-Season
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
MECHANICAL
  • Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: incline start assist
  • 4.44 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 900# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode
  • 3.70 Axle Ratio
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode, X-mode and hill descent control (HDC)
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Engine: 2.0L 4-Cyl DOHC 16V Intercooled Turbo -inc: Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) variable valve timing
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: steering wheel paddle-shift control switches, X-mode and hill descent control (HDC)
  • 4.11 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,652 lbs
  • Sport Tuned Suspension
  • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single Disc CD Player -inc: MP3/WMA capability, 4 speakers, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack and roof mounted antenna
    • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/HD Radio & Single CD Player -inc: MP3/WMA capability, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 6 speakers and roof mounted antenna
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/HD Radio & Single CD Player -inc: Touch-screen GPS navigation system includes MP3/WMA file capability, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), SD card map, harman/kardon 440 watt amplifier and speaker system, 6.1" LCD navigation screen, voice activated controls and navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, USB port, SMS text messaging capability, SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription required), 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 8 speakers and roof mounted audio and satellite antenna, Aha Infotainment, smartphone integration, The Aha app on your phone allows you to access and organize your favorite content from the web into personalized, live, on-demand stations, O
    • Automatic Equalizer

    Find this car for sale at your local dealer---enter your Zip Code to start your search:

    Commenting Block

    The Latest New Car Previews, Buyer's guides, Articles and more from J.D. Power: