2014 Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester highlights

Customer rating


  • Fuel-sipping performance even with standard AWD
  • Backseat room better than many rivals
  • Responsive handling


  • Difficult-to-use touchscreen
  • Lots of engine noise at highway speeds
  • Very few standard tech features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 28 highway, 24 combined

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What is new for the 2014 Subaru Forester?

  • The Forester is available in a variety of new trims, including the 2.0XT Touring, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5I, 2.5I Limited, 2.5I Premium, and 2.5I Touring.
  • The 2.5X, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5XT Touring trims have been discontinued for 2014.
  • Forester trims have been upgraded with Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Harman Kardon Sound, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Remote Start, Smart Key, Blind Spot Monitor, Full Roof Rack, and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Subaru Forester

1. Standard all-wheel drive

All-wheel drive isn't hard to come by on a crossover SUV, but rarely does this feature come as standard equipment. On the 2014 Subaru Forester, every trim comes with full-time all-wheel drive for added traction and control behind the wheel. Meanwhile, some trims (including the 2.5i Limited and 2.0XT) feature "X-Mode," which adds stability control intervention and transmission shift points.

2. Available turbocharged engine

The 2014 Subaru Forester is available in two engine configurations, depending on the trim you select. Standard on most trims is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine at 170 hp—though the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring trims come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder at 250 hp. This is a great option to have if you're looking for a compact crossover that can deliver a little extra punch underneath the hood.

3. Features galore

With six trims to choose from, there's a 2014 Forester out there for every type of driver. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the generous features on this crossover, which include standard Bluetooth® connectivity, full power accessories, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. If you're looking for more features, step up to the 2.0 XT Premium, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a sporty rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the 2.0 XT Touring boasts a suite of driver-assistance features to enhance your drive.

4. Spacious cargo area

Even with its rear row fully intact, the 2014 Forester offers a generous 34.4 cu-ft of cargo space. And by folding down the rear seats, you can extend that up to a massive 74.7 cu-ft. A low platform height also makes loading and unloading the cargo area a breeze.

5. Thoughtfully designed cabin

Inside the 2014 Forester's cabin, you'll find plenty of room, with a maximum seating capacity of five passengers. In the front, there are 40 inches of head room and 43 inches of leg room. And in the back, you’ll have 37.5 inches of head room and 41.7 inches of leg room. This crossover has even been designed with "stadium" style seating, so the rear row is elevated slightly to allow for better sightlines.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 Subaru Forester is a compact SUV that has a lot of features. Customers like the gas mileage, the size, and the features.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Forester an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Forester 22nd out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Subaru Forester features and specs

2.5I 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 43"/R 38"

Head room

F 41.4"/R 39.8"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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