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Redesigned Subaru Forester debuts at LA Auto Show

The crossover gets roomier interior, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine option.

By AutoWeek Nov 2, 2012 2:23PM

2014 Subaru Forester






Subaru debuted the new 2014 Forester at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. The crossover, now entering its fourth generation, gets a significant styling refresh and a roomier interior — all while gaining just over one inch in overall length and around one inch in width.


According to Subaru, the 2014 Forester will also get an updated suspension system. The new crossover's reported 8.7-inch ground clearance is the same as that on the base model of the current Forester.


In addition to the new styling and suspension, the 2014 Forest adds an engine option: a 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder producing 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.


A naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer good for 170 hp, which debuted on the previous Forester, is also available.


Buyers of vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter engine will choose either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission. Foresters equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo all get a CVT. All-wheel drive is standard on all vehicles.


-- Graham Kozak


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Nov 5, 2012 3:26AM
Is this supposed to be the retro Forester?  It looks like Subaru has returned to their 1990's era styling.
Nov 6, 2012 1:08PM
"I can tell you right now the styling is horrible in comparison with what is offered."

Subaru's styling has been in "econobox" bland-mode for a while now. It can only happen to Subaru, that older models actually look better than the new ones.

That company is a basket case, on-track to become a complete basket case. What a disappointment.
Nov 4, 2012 11:17AM
I can tell you right now the styling is horrible in comparison with what is offered.  The new Ford Escape, Hyundia Santa Fe, Honda CRV, and Mazda all look way better than this vehicle.  Subaru better be offering some very good pricing and surprises in order to compete.
Nov 6, 2012 2:08PM
Now if they only update their awfully cheap interior.  The car is good and drives well, but the interiors is where their focus should be. I used to own a 2006 forester manual 5 speed.  I thoroughly enjoyed my entire ownership experience.  That vehicle was so much nicer in terms of finishes and interior materials than this current  tin can.  Sure, some say that  it's priced right at 22k for a base model, but even adding the mandatory extras still doesn't negate the extraordinarily cheapo plastics and faux hard finishes.  And if you  a person such as I who really enjoys your music , the upgraded stereo is absolute garbage! 

In my humble opinion, the only car Subaru has done a fairly good job updating recently is the OUTBACK.  But, again you still have to pay an exorbitant price of  30K for a 4 cyl limited model that gets you to 60 in 10.5 seconds and sounds  like a sewing machine at full throttle...
Nov 7, 2012 5:35AM
Complaints about the styling aside, I do give it applause for being one of the few compact SUV's to still offer a manual transmission.  The others being the Jeep Patriot (yes, it's available but is probably an order-only item) and the Mazda CX-5.  The Nissan Xterra is also available with a manual transmission, but it's hardly a compact SUV.  Oh, and let's not forget about the Jeep Wrangler of course.
Nov 13, 2012 3:37AM

Is there any truth to the rumor that the Lesbian Edition will come with a big watch and Crocs?


Hey,ease up. My Sister threw that one in and she's a lesbian. So there.

Nov 2, 2012 10:15PM
As the drivers education of this country continues to suffer, those drivers who have NO confidence in their driving ability will continue to buy these Subarus with the hope it makes them more safe.
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