In its latest incarnation, the Subaru Forester nudges its performance needles gently in the right direction, especially when it's compared to some of its head-to-head competition. Considering its toughness and cargo capacity for weekend outdoor gear, that's a win. But the 2015 Forester is everything and more and I am so glad to be driving this great car. The and 2015 Forester are both , but they are different in many ways. The compact crossover class is one of the most competitive with a slew of excellent choices for car shoppers.
I had to glue it in place. The EyeSight system integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. Completely revised in 2014, the Forester gets a few updates for 2017 that make it even more a bargain to brag about. The dealership service manager advised me to get the oil changed every 5,000 miles and I shouldn't have any more oil issues. Like the safety rating five star and all the features of the car. They've obviously gone to great lengths to make this car intuitive and make the technology that's packed in, accessible.
Lineup 2014 Subaru Forester models offer a choice of engines. After every trip, the miles per gallon used is shown. All Foresters come standard with a 4. This exceeds the top of the 2015 Forester's price range, but it's worth the higher cost. The diesels also don't get fuel-saving stop-start technology, which shuts off the engine when the car is stationary at traffic lights, for example.
The transmission incorporates a hill-descent mode for off-road work, something the Forester will gamely turn its hand to. The Forester is pretty efficient for a compact crossover — 2. Bought it for the EyeSight features, high seating, and excellent view out. Other standard safety features are front-seat side-impact airbags, a backup camera, driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags. All 2014 Forester models come with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That standard powerplant is a 2. Its noteworthy visibility, backseat space and standard backup camera make the Subaru Forester a good choice.
Range-topping Touring models now have an optional Saddle Brown leather option with contrast stitching. Foresters have always been strong in this area, and subtle tweaks mean the car is even better at isolating occupants from rough roads while keeping planted through corners. More power equals more sporty looks. The Editorial department is independent of Cars. With the Subaru's composed handling and limited body roll, it drives like a smaller vehicle.
The Brake Override cuts engine power if both brake and accelerator are applied beyond a certain threshold. A rearview camera comes standard. Subaru has no shortage of options and accessories for the Forester; from battery warmers and engine block heaters, to trailer hitches and ski racks — all at their own price with some dependent on dealer instillation charges. It was not supposed to be this good according to what was reflected on the window. Filling the more premium roll is a turbocharged 2. I have posted a video of installing the trailer hitch on this Crosstrek it's here: and plan to post a few more videos about the car here on my channel. A potent 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also available.
Strong brakes and balanced steering also help the Forester in the performance department. It is also one of the smoothest running vehicles I have ever owned. Like other reviews the seats are a bit uncomfortable. Gas mileage as high as 27 mpg combined puts it near the class lead, too. Our other Subarus drove through almost impassable roads, seemingly oblivious to the conditions. Another issue was the rear view mirror moving by itself into a lower position.
We'd have one in a blink as a practical, knockabout, reliable, Japanese-built car. Basic Premium model with adequate electronic extras as standard. But, there's an oil problem. The body's stiffer than before, and the suspension has been redesigned. Drives like a medium speed sports car. We found the four-wheel independent suspension delivers fairly agile handling with good ride. EyeSight is available on all but the base 2.