By Jennifer Geiger on Fri Jan 18 04:50:59 GMT-06:00 2013
Although it may not look like it, Subaru's compact crossover is redesigned; subtly updated exterior styling joins a new turbocharged engine and a slightly higher starting price for 2014. When the new Forester goes on sale later this year, it'll start at $22,820, including an $825 destination charge, making it one of the most affordable compact crossovers on the market.
Standard all-wheel drive returns for 2014. Powering the base Forester is last year's 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder teamed to a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. Subaru estimates the 2.5-liter should see 24/32 mpg city/ highway, up from the 2013 model's EPA rating of 21/27 mpg. The automaker says the new compact leads the segment in all-wheel-drive fuel economy.
For 2014, the 2.5i model comes in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring trim, and the $22,820 starting price is for manual-equipped models; no word yet on how much the CVT will add to the bottom line. The 2013 model starts at $22,090, including destination.
The uplevel Forester 2.0XT uses a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 250 hp, a step up from last year's 2.5-liter turbo's 224 hp; a CVT with a manual shift function is the sole transmission. Premium and Touring versions will be available starting at 28,820.
Look for the 2014 Subaru Forester at dealerships this spring.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer