2014 Subaru Forester

MSRP $21,995 - $27,995

Ranked #15 in Suv

7.0

Overall Rating

2014 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Subaru Forester is a known name in the crossover SUV segment owing to its rugged build quality and standard AWD configuration. The 2014 Subaru Forester gets a complete design overhaul and looks better than its predecessor. Subaru has tried to improve on size, styling, and overall experience as a whole. It now comes with a smaller turbocharged yet powerful engine as well. 

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Pros

Standard AWD system

Spacious interiors

Available turbocharged engine

Cons

Underwhelming standard engine 

Exterior styling 

What's New?

Complete redesign 

Updated features 

More interior space


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21995

bodystyle

dr Crossover

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$21,995 onwards

Limited$23,495 onwards

Premium$27,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Subaru Forester in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2014 Subaru Forester is available in four main trims, namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The Premium and Touring trims are available with an optional turbocharged engine. The price for the base trim starts at $21,995 and goes up to $29,995 for the top-of-the-line Touring trim. It faces competition from the likes of Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Subaru Forester Features

The 2014 Subaru Forester is available in four main trims, namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The Premium and Touring trims are available with a 2.0-L turbocharged engine and some added features and are named 2.0 XT Premium and 2.0 XT Touring. Overall, the turbocharged engine is a better performer and provides satisfactory efficiency too. The Base and the Premium trims get a manual transmission as standard, while the other trims get CVT as standard.

Trims 

2.5i 

2.5i Premium 

2.5i Limited 

2.5i Touring 

2.0XT Premium 

2.0XT Touring 

MSRP

$21,995

$23,495

$27,995

$29,995

$27,995

$32,995

Key Features 

2.5-liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine

Adds to upgrades to the base 2.5i trim 

Adds to upgrades to the base 2.5i Premium trim 

Adds to upgrades to the base 2.5i Limited trim 

Adds to upgrades to the base 2.5i Premium trim 

Adds to upgrades to the base 2.0XT Premium trim 

 

Standard AWD system

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Lineartronic CVT 

Dual-zone automatic climate control system

2.0-L turbocharged boxer engine

2.0-L turbocharged boxer engine

 

6-speed manual transmission

Panoramic moonroof

Leather-trimmed upholstery

One-touch folding rear seatbacks 

Sport-tuned suspension

Fog lights

 

17-inch styled steel wheels

Raised roof rails: black finish

Rear spoiler

Body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Power rear gate with automatic close and height memory

 

Cloth upholstery

Enhanced color multifunction display

Auto-on/off headlights

Analog gauges with LCD display and electroluminescent lighting

 

 

 

Manual air conditioning 

All-Weather Package

Automatic climate control system

 

 

 

Which trim should you buy?

We find the 2.5i Limited trim to be an optimum combination of creature comforts and value. It has almost all the features of the 2.5i Touring trim and costs much less than it. If you are into performance, then you should opt for the 2.0XT Premium trim which comes with a more powerful turbocharged engine and a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch alloy wheels to support its sporty character. 

2014 Subaru Forester Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2014 Subaru Forester gets two engine options. The standard engine is a 2.5-L flat-four (boxer) engine that produces about 170 HP and 174 lb-ft of torque. The other engine is a 2.0-L turbocharged boxer engine that produces about 250 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. However, the 2.0-liter engine is available only with the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring trims. The base and the Premium trims get 6-speed manual transmission as standard and the remaining trims get a CVT. Like all Subarus, power is delivered to all four wheels. 

Models(2014)

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape 

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

MSRP

$21,995

$23,100

$23,120

$23,550

Engine 

2.5-liter flat-4

2.5-liter inline 4

2.4-liter inline 4

2.5-liter Inline 4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

170 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

163 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

0-60mph (sec)

9.0

9.1

8.4

8.5

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.9

16.9

16.2

16.5

Top Speed (mph)

125

123

124

120

The performance from the 2.5L base engine is not very enthusiastic, and it does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 9 seconds. The quartile-mile drag is done in about 16.9 seconds. The Honda CR-V comes with a smaller engine and does 0-60 mph sprint in 8.4 seconds. The RAV4 comes very close to CR-V in terms of outright acceleration. The standard AWD configuration in the Forester is a clear advantage over others.

2014 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The performance from the base 2.5L engine is underwhelming, but it surely offers a better fuel economy in the segment. The Forester offers 24 mpg in the city, 32 mpg month highway, and about 27 mpg in mixed driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, it can travel up to 382 miles, 509 miles, and 429 miles in the city, highway, and mixed driving conditions, respectively. The figures are very good considering the fact that it comes in AWD configuration as standard. 

Models(2014)

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape 

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

MPG (city)

24

22

23

24

MPG (Highway)

32

31

31

31

MPG (Combined)

27

25

26

26

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.9

15.1 gal.

15.3 gal.

15.9 gal.

Range (city/highway/combined)

382/509/429

332/468/377

352/474/397

382/493/413

The Forester offers better efficiency and comes with a larger fuel tank. As a result, the range offered by it is much better than its rivals. The Escape is the least efficient and has the smallest fuel tank. As a result, its range is lesser than the competition. The CR-V and RAV4 offer the same efficiency, but owing to a larger fuel tank in the RAV4, it offers a better range than the CR-V.

2014 Subaru Forester Interior

6.0/10

The 2014 Subaru Forester gets well-designed interiors. It can accommodate up to five passengers with ease, and the list of features in the cabin is longer than its predecessor. The seats offer good support and are comfy. They might be cloth-trimmed or leather-trimmed depending on the trim you opt for. The front seats are manually adjustable in the base trim, and as you climb up the trim ladder, you get power assistance with more adjustments.

The rear seat is also roomier, and a larger cargo capacity of 34.4 cu-ft gives you more storage space for all your goods. It also gets a larger full-color 4.3-inch multifunction display, and it delivers access to vehicle info, settings, rear-view camera, and much more. The available large panoramic moonroof gives everyone a wide-open feeling and improves airiness in the cabin.

Models(2014)

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape 

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

41.4/57/43

39.9/56.0/43.1

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.8/57.3/42.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

39.8/56.5/41.7

39.0/55.3/36.8

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.9/55.4/37.2

Cargo Capacity

34.4 cu-ft

34.3 cu-ft

37.3 cu-ft 

38.4 cu-ft 

All the cars can accommodate up to five passengers. The Forester and Escape almost have the same cargo capacity with a difference of just 0.1 cu-ft. The redesigned Forester offers better legroom across both rows than its rivals. The Toyota RAV4 beats the competition with better cargo capacity. The Honda CR-V is second to just the RAV4 in terms of cargo space. Some of the standout interior features of the Forester are:

  • Reclining rear seatbacks
  • Enhanced color multifunction display
  • Rear-Vision Camera
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery (Higher trims)
  • Dual-zone climate control system (Higher trims)

How intuitive is the 2014 Subaru Forester’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 Subaru Forester is equipped with a single CD audio system with 4-speakers and offers Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and AUX jack as standard in the base trim. The higher trims get a 6-speaker audio system for enhanced output. The 2.5i Touring and the 2.0XT Touring trim get a full-fledged infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with an integrated navigation system, 8-speaker Harman-Kardon music system, SiriusXM, etc. Some of the standout infotainment features of the Forester are:

  • 4/6-speaker single CD audio system (Base and Premium)
  • 8-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system (Higher trims)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Higher trims)
  • Subaru STARLINK system with Aha smartphone app (Higher trims)
  • HD Radio (Higher trims)

2014 Subaru Forester Exterior

8.0/10

The aesthetics of the 2014 Forester are reminiscent of the Impreza sedan, and we like it. The minimalist looks coupled with better interior space and good cargo capacity works well for us. It has a higher ground clearance of 8.7-inches and comes with AWD as standard, which is enough to testify its off-road credentials. The side profile is devoid of any visual drama and gives an estate wagon-ish vibe to us. The roof rails add to its sporty appeal. The rear profile is acceptable as well with a roof-mounted spoiler and wrap-around tail lamps. It comes with 17-inch or 18-inch tires depending upon the trim you opt for. The wheel designs are not sporty but blend well with the overall design language.

Models(2014)

Subaru Forester

Ford Escape 

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Curb weight (lbs)

3366 lbs.

3598 lbs.

3305 lbs.

3435 lbs.

Length (in.)

181 in.

178 in.

178 in.

180 in.

width (in.)

71 in.

72 in.

72 in.

73 in.

height (in.)

66 in.

66 in.

65 in.

65 in.

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

8

6

6

Wheelbase (in.)

103.9 in.

105.9 in.

103.1 in.

104.7 in.

The Forester is one of the lighter options in the segment despite being an AWD vehicle. It also comes with a higher ground clearance than its rivals and is more off-road capable. The Ford Escape is on the heavier side of the scale and comes with slightly lesser ground clearance as compared to the Forester. The Honda CR-V is the lightest vehicle, compared to its competition. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2014 Forester are:

  • HID low-beam and multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Fog lights 
  • Rear spoiler 
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Body-color side mirrors
  • Raised roof rails: Black finish

2014 Subaru Forester Safety

7.0/10

The 2014 Subaru Forester is one of the safest cars in its segment. NHTSA has given it an overall 5-star safety rating, and the IIHS has awarded it the “Top Safety Pick +” award for the year 2014. It also comes with many safety features like brake assist, brake override system, optional Eyesight driver assist system, airbags, LATCH system, vehicle dynamics control, etc. Some of the standout safety features of the Forester are:

  • Brake Assist 
  • Brake Override System
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control 
  • Pre-Collision Braking System (optional)
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management (optional)
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning (optional)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (optional)

2014 Subaru Forester Final Verdict

The 2014 Subaru Forester is a well-balanced package combining many features, good interior space, and value. It also offers a more performance-oriented engine as an option, and the standard AWD configuration is a boon to have. The styling is minimalistic but works well for us, and the high safety ratings just make the whole deal even sweeter. So, if you are looking for a dependable and well-built SUV, the 2014 Forester is the way to go.