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Subaru prices 2014 Forester from $22,820; Turbo starts at $28,820

By Car_and_Driver Jan 22, 2013 1:25PM






Subaru has announced pricing for its redesigned 2014 Forester crossover, and overall the cost of entry for one of the brand’s best-selling models has stayed largely the same.


The base 2014 Forester 2.5i starts at $22,820 with a six-speed manual transmission—that’s just $730 more than the 2013 model; a continuously variable automatic transmission is available for an additional $1000.


For 2014 the Forester carries over its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for 2.5i models, but the hotter XT models’ optional turbocharged 2.5-liter four is replaced by a new force-fed version of the 2.0-liter four found under the hood of the BRZ sports car. (We’ve already driven both Forester models in prototype form.) The crossover’s body is slightly larger than before and gets evolutionary styling updates, including a more steeply raked windshield and a somewhat-blockier appearance.


The latest Forester’s full lineup of trim levels returns pretty much unaltered, with base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and up-level 2.5i Touring models. Turbocharged Foresters are denoted by the 2.0XT moniker, and come only in Premium and Touring levels; no manual is offered on turbos—they’re CVT-only.


Full Forester pricing below:


  • 2.5i: $22,820 + $1000 for CVT.

  • 2.5i Premium: $24,320 + $1000 for CVT; adds 10-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, heated mirrors, auto-up/down driver’s window, body-color mirrors, backup camera, roof rails, and a panoramic sunroof (CVT only).

  • 2.5i Limited: $28,820; adds standard CVT, automatic climate-control system, automatic headlights, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, power tailgate, reclining rear seat.

  • 2.5i Touring: $30,820; adds touch-screen navigation, dual-zone climate control, Harman/Kardon eight-speaker audio system, power tailgate with height memory, LCD gauge-cluster display.

  • 2.0XT Premium: $28,820; adds (over 2.5i Premium) 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four, paddle shifters, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum wheels, larger brakes, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.

  • 2.0XT Touring: $33,820; includes same equipment as 2.0XT Premium and 2.5i Touring.

-- Alexander Stoklosa

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5Comments
Mar 9, 2013 8:52AM
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The Subaru boxer engine is of incredibly dated engineering, begginning to my knowledge back in pre war Germany with the "peoples car", later more famously referred to as the VW Bug. Surely it is time to go a bit more conventional with engine designs and perhaps one could expect more than 150K max out of the lifespan of a very well maintained engine. Toyota, Nissan and other Japanese companies certainly have managed with more modern and conventional engines.

Nice to have AWD or 4WD but for goodness sake Subaru, modernize your engine design. That old "pancake" engine is NOT what defines your product!

Jan 22, 2013 9:48PM
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The 2.5 is a terrible engine, anyone that has ever owned one (myself included) knows that.  Now you have to spend extra to get an engine that "may" be better and you can't even get a manual trans with it?  I know nothing about the reliability of the Subaru CVT but nothing can beat a manual trans.  You get real control over what your car is doing and they're very cheap to maintain.  Throw a clutch in it every now-and-then and change the fluid occassionally (every 5 years should be enough for the average owner).  Looks good on paper but when it comes to actually owning one I'd give it a few years for things to pan out, wait for any inherent design flaws or issues to crop up then make your decision or buy a used one with some issues and fix it.
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