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September 1, 2013

New Subaru Forester runs to fun places


In more expensive trim levels, you can purchase the 2014 Forester with a new, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out close to 50 percent more power than the standard engine. The quicker motor also manages good fuel-economy ratings, at 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.

In my evaluation model, I found the standard, 170-horsepower engine provided a nice balance between oomph and economy. At intersections it hustled me ahead of traffic when I wanted it to. During long freeway cruises, my standard-engine Forester kept pace at elevated speeds, and zipped around dodderdly drivers when necessary. The car was equipped with the automatic transmission, which I found responsive and quick to react – a good quality you can’t pin on all continuously variable automatics.

After seven days and just over 500 miles of mixed, freeway and around-town driving, my Forester averaged a tad over 32 mpg.

At Singer Subaru, the increased fuel economy of the new Forester is bringing in a wave of drivers who are trading other sport-utility crossover vehicles that don’t do as well at the gas pumps. That includes models classified as compact crossovers, like the Forester, because of their tidier size. But the trades also extend to larger SUVs that no longer can match the advantages packaged into the 2014 Forester, said Singer.

“They’re sport-utility people who now not only want good gas mileage, but also want the safety and dependability of a Subaru,” he stated.

What’s more, the car’s expanding fan list extends well beyond outdoor adventure hounds, according to Singer’s account. Capabilities that make the Forester so well adapted at mountain bike trails, kayaking creeks and ski slopes also suit it for everyday use by around-town people who just want a practical four-season transporter. He said that Forester buyers split about 50/50 between men and woman, and span all age groups.

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