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The Ultimate Compact SUV by Texas Guy on 05/26/2013. Trim: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Only compact SUV to earn the "Good" rating on new, tougher crash tests; outstanding driving position & visibility; standard all-wheel drive; best gas mileage rating of any compact SUV; Eyesight package includes several outstanding safety features; simple, easy to use heating & AC controls; rear seat room & comfort incredible for a vehicle this size; great manueverability, tight turning circle; very quiet, almost no wind noise and minimal road noise; the new CVT much smoother & quieter than CVT in our Prius. Lots of room under the hood, thanks to the "Boxer" engine, so fluid and filters are easy to check. Very easy entry & exit, and lots of head room & leg room.
Cons: The Navigation controls could be improved and made easier to use, and the side bolsters on the front seats could be a little larger.
Overall review: Absolutely Outstanding - a home run for Subaru!
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Homerun SUV!!! by kkobay01 on 05/21/2013. Trim: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 6MT.
Pros: reverse camera in the premium and up models, Still made in Japan, The quite ride, AWD standard in all trim packages, Bluetooth standard, Rated by the IIHS as the best SUV for safety getting the top score of good with other models getting acceptable or below.
Cons: Having to buy the cargo cover as an accessory.
Overall review: Subaru hit it out of the ballpark with the all new 2014 Forester!!!!!!! Looking to be Motor Trend SUV of the year for 2014.
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Beats Previous Model Hands Down by mcarey on 06/21/2013. Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I love the transmission and fuel economy! Getting rid of the 4 spd automatic for the CVT made all the difference in performance and reduced noise level. The car also feels more solid than the 2012 Forester I used to own. On the highway I am getting over 32 mpg and in the city 29-30mpg. The front passenger seat no longer has height elevation; however, my wife, who is just 5', claims she can see better due to a higher fixed seat position and a different slope on the hood. I love the back-up camera (Premium model). Subaru should put that on all their vehicles, regardless of trim level.
Cons: This may seem lame but the only thing I don't like about the car is the position of the driver's floor mat. The anchor points are too far forward and when you rest your foot on the mat, it touches the anchor prongs that hold the mat in place. It needs to be pushed back closer to the seat frame. For some reason Subaru actually extended it forward. The front doors are larger to allow easier access but you have to be careful that you do not whack a parked vehicle next to you. Considering all of the benefits of the car over my previous Forester - this one wins hands down.
Overall review: This car is a winner. I got out of my 2012 Forester lease early to buy this vehicle and it's my 3rd Forester. The car is more solid and the CVT transmission is quiet and delivers greater than the mpg stated. The info center has about 6 screens you can look at and I actually find myself driving slower in order to push the average mpg envelope displayed.
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Home Run by mokyde on 05/27/2013. Trim: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Visibility, easy access, great sunroof, quiet, roomy, AWD,affordable, cargo volume, gas mileage.......
Cons: Nothing yet.
Overall review: Our first Subaru. Test drove all the competition and the Subaru blew them all away. Great vehicle.
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Great all purpose vehicle by tacoma dog mobile on 06/13/2013. Trim: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Great visibility; top notch awd system; top level safety; plenty of power for all ordinary use. Incredible MPG for an awd vehicle of this weight. I get between 32 and 37 on highway; pleasant cabin environment; simple controls; good fuel economy feedback; rear view camera.
Cons: Some poor materials in the cabin (huge improvement over previous model, however); needs more nick nack storage spots in front cabin; cvt takes getting used to--should have included paddles in the 2.5i version (like the rest of the world gets), terrible illumination in the trunk; some small problems with base radio (can't use bt and usb at same time with phone; have to use your own usb outlet instead and then stream audio through bt); seat is okay, but could be softer, more supportive; steering not as tight as the outgoing model, and ride is bouncier--but it also handles rough roads better.
Overall review: This is a terrific vehicle. I traded up from a 2010 and don't regret it. I feel the subaru delivers on the things I need: safety, visibility, and utility (including handling rough roads); my complaints are about the more subtle details of the vehicle.
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