Mike West Road Test: 2014 Subaru Forester

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If your looking for an SUV with all-wheel-drive that has decent ground clearance, and good fuel economy, then you might want to take this 2014 Subaru Forester for a spin.

I drover the 2.5i Touring edition which came loaded with extras like a panoramic power moon-roof, a Harmon/Kardon 440 watt amplifier, navigation, keyless access and start, driver assist, lane departure warning and a pre-collision braking system at for a suggested retail price of $33,220.00

Fuel economy is 24 city and 32 highway averaging around 27 MPG.

As far as an every day driver, the Forester is capable, and fun to drive. Not exciting, but fun. The steering is light and predictable. Some test cars take a while to feel comfortable driving, but I felt at home right away in the Subaru.

It’s not a flashy looking car, but I think it will age well if you decide to keep it for years to come.

There’s plenty of room in back. Spacious! There is an airy feeling in the cabin, and I think that is helped by the large moon roof. There is plenty of glass all around and visibility is excellent.

Like the exterior, the interior isn’t flashy. Most of the materials in the cabin are nice, but some of the plastics are hard to the touch.

The navigation system is about average as far as ease of use. The screen is puny. And I really wish Subaru had included a manual station dial tuner. The screen controls are small and a hassle to use. In this case you really need to program preset or you will be pushing the screen forever trying to find your favorite station.

My tester came with the 170 horsepower engine connected to a CVT transmission. You can also go for the turbocharged 250 horsepower option. The trade off is a ding in fuel economy, and your pocketbook.

Drive one and you will see why everyone that owns a Forester loves them. And with the all-new 2014 edition, Subaru has hit another one out of the park.

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