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Used Car: 2014 Subaru Forester Review

Review Last Updated: 6/1/15

Critics were very pleased with the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester, citing its roomy interior, impressive fuel economy and standard all-wheel drive.

According to automotive journalists, the 2014 Forester's standard four-cylinder engine provides decent acceleration, and they noted that XT models, which come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, are especially powerful. Unlike most 2014 affordable compact SUVs, the Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and an automatic transmission (CVT) is available. The 2014 Subaru Forester gets 24/32 mpg city/highway when equipped with the automatic transmission, which is good for a 2014 affordable compact SUV with all-wheel drive. According to test drivers, the Forester’s ride and handling are composed on pavement. They noted that it also performs well off-road, thanks in part to its X-Mode traction assist system.

The 2014 Subaru Forester’s designers favor practicality over style, according to critics, but Subaru did not compromise on materials. Many automotive journalists said that the small touch screen on the available navigation system can be frustrating to use. Still, the 2014 Forester has one of the larger cargo areas in the class, and test drivers appreciated the Forester's spacious front and back seats. Standard features include a USB input, a four-speaker stereo and Bluetooth. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, push-button start with keyless access, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, HD Radio and Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system, which includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers wrote that the 2014 GMC Terrain has a handsome cabin with a user-friendly available navigation system. According to test drivers, the Terrain also has a very comfortable ride and strong acceleration when equipped with its available V6.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets tremendous fuel economy for the class, and auto writers appreciated its large cargo area and abundance of optional features when it was new. The Rogue's optional touch-screen infotainment system also received high marks for its ease of use.

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