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2014 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by sb222

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Introduction

We just purchased this certified pre-owned 2.5i at a dealer a month ago. The car had 45,000 miles. This is the base model. If you can do without the big sunroof and heated seats I think it is a good choice.

One of the reasons I drove an hour to get this particular car is that it was purchased by a service advisor at the selling dealership and driven mainly on the highway for 2-1/2 years then traded back in. All maintenance was done at the dealership and documented on Carfax. We did take the Subaru Gold Plus warranty which covers everything but maintenance until 100,000 miles or 7 years from new- whichever comes first.

My biggest concern was regarding possible oil consumption. Coming up on a thousand miles and the oil level hasn't budged.

Reviewed: 2014 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Conclusion

We both really like the car. My son does too. He just inherited our 2004 Forester X which he is taking back to college. What a difference a decade makes. This car feels so much larger and more solid. It drives well and feels tight (we'll see what the winter brings out).

Acceleration is fine and I don't mind the CVT. I like the way it keeps revs down around town. My wife has made no comments about the acceleration feeling odd or different from our prior cars. Gas mileage is spot on so far at about 24 mpg around town.

I've read some reviews complaining about wind noise. To me, the sound profile on the highway is very similiar to my Sonata, meaning that for what noise you do hear it is almost all road noise with a touch of wind noise. I find it perfectly acceptable. Ride quality is decent. It can feel a bit nervous over bad pavement but it's what I would expect in a small SUV. I'd say this is not the category for a pillowy ride.

My wife brought home two chairs and an ottoman from Home Goods a week after we got the car. I would not have been able to fit one of those in my car. This is a very useful vehicle.

The bluetooth radio is just adequate for a single smart phone, nothing more. There are too many menus to talk through to switch to a second phone. It is not capable of switching to different phones automatically. It is also not able to automatically read your phone address book. On the plus side it hooks up fine with an iPhone 6.

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