2014 Subaru Legacy Review on Futurecars2014.com – The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends many of the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 74 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
2014 Subaru Legacy review on Powertrain
Before going under the hood, let’s start there: The new Forester’s bonnet is made of lightweight aluminum to enhance fuel economy. Other fuel-efficiency design elements include electric power steering that frees up power and burns less fuel, a body shape honed to provide 10.7 percent less drag and an improved, low-friction CVT gearbox. The result is an all-wheel-drive SUV with none of the fuel-efficiency compromises of other all- or 4-wheel-drive crossovers. The 2.5i with CVT delivers 24 mpg city, an impressive 32 mpg highway and a combined 27 mpg from its 2.5-liter 170-horsepwer boxer engine. Among all-wheel-drive nonhybrids in the Forester’s segment, only the Mazda CX-5 compares.
2014 Subaru Legacy review on Exterior and Interior
Still unmistakably Subaru, the Gen IV remake endows the 2014 Forester with more contemporary character. The visual recasting is most evident in 2.0XT models that feature a bolder front fascia treatment and subtle rear roof spoiler, and wrap 225/55 all-season tires around 18-inch alloy wheels where the 2.5i contingent is shod with 225/60 rubber on either 17-inch styled-steel or alloy rims. Slightly longer, wider and taller than the 2013 Forester, this latest iteration also has a more planted appearance thanks to wider track dimensions and nearly an inch more wheelbase. All models also provide an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
At least the interior materials seem about par for the class, unlike the outgoing Forester. The dashboard and parts of the door panels are covered in soft materials and we liked the contrasting stitching on the leather seats.
The center stack contains a nifty LCD on higher-spec Foresters like our tester to display a number of typical trip computer functions. Unfortunately, XT Tourings also include Subaru’s dreadful navigation system. The low-resolution screen washes out in bright light and the diminutive virtual buttons are impossible to safely use while driving. That said, the harman/kardon audio system rivals some high-end luxury cars.
Features and Safety
Every 2014 Subaru Forester includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. A rearview camera is standard for all but the base 2.5i. Lane departure warning and a collision mitigation system (imminent collision warning and pre-collision braking under 19 mph) are optional for the Touring models.
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