Subaru has always the right size power, control and versatility embodies loving owners. Well, even a green-mind, economical small SUV like the 2014 Subaru Forester is a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle and built in a zero-landfill facility.
Combine that with more cargo room, available power rear gate and up to 32 mpg highway, and you’ve got a vehicle that can take every day to task. Of course, the redesigned Forester comes with road-gripping Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the balance and power of the legendary SUBARU BOXER® engine.
Subaru didn’t make a six-speed manual Forester available to drive, the 2.5-liter boxer four with CVT vehicle had no trouble keeping up with a Honda CR-V or out-drag-racing a Mazda CX-5 brought along for competitive purposes.
But the larger mission is to put big EPA highway numbers on the Monroney sticker, which Subaru estimates will be 32 mpg on the base CVT-equipped model, up 5 mpg from last year’s Forester 2.5-liter with four-speed auto powertrain.
Much more fun on the track was the XT, the new 2.0-liter turbo engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque (compared to 224 and 226, respectively in 2.5-liter turbo in the last year) were produced. Even with the CVT does its own thing, is the turbo low growl deep well promoted and mid rpm throttle richest partial response. Faster than from wild walnut, say Subaru wheels from a Japan-spec 305-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 Mustang for a quarter of a mile to the improvised settlement Forester XT.