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

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Reviewed: 2014 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Why the 2014 Subaru Forester?

Driving position & visibility

The Forester has great visibility, feels airy and roomy for this size of vehicle and controls are relatively simple and straight forward, excepting goofy miniature info screen controls and blue tooth, but I believe they have improved for 2017. The large sun room is really nice for both front and rear passengers.

Powertrain performance

I was sceptical at first of the CVT but now I really enjoy it. However CVT is extremely noisy below 10 degrees Celsius and whines like a sick cat

Cargo capacity

Cargo Capacity is good for this size of vehicle and I like the way the cargo cover stores under the floor out of the way when not needed

Discounts & incentives

Bought in october 2014 so had some good factory rebates, at the time I believe vehicle was good value for feature content (touring model). Only option I would have liked is heaated sterring wheel

Rear seat room & comfort

Excellent rear seat comfort and rear seats are 60/ 40 and easy to fold flat. rear seats also have recline function which is nice ... excellent leg room

Why Not the 2014 Subaru Forester?

Handling

The 2014 Forester is the worst handling winter vehicle I have ever owned. The understeer is so bad on snow/ slippery roads that I consider it dangerous. Also the vehicle handles very poorly on gravel roads, which to me is strange as I had 2002 Subaru WRX wagon which was a marvelous handling vehicle with that rally feel and drive. I believe the understeer is attributed to very poor tires, Yokohama Geolander and the very large front overhang of the forester over the fron axle and very short overhang on rear axle .... leading to a very poor front to back weight distribution .... my BMW 335i xDrive is infinetly better in snow even with Continental run flat tires on it

Controls and instruments

The air confitioner works great however the heating and defrost system along with the so called heated wipers are completely useless. This vehicle is not a Candian winter car, it is a good vehicle for fair weather driving

Quietness

This vehicle is noisy and prone with rattles, poor door seals and structural integratity, with the large sun roof, is comprimised. Also the ride, unloaded, over concrete freeways with breaks is like riding on a roller coaster

Fuel economy

Fuel econmy is OK in summer, again would be good vehicle for california. However in Canada where we get lots of cold weather fuel economy is very poor, in fact it is worse than my BMW, which has twice the horsepower and my Honda Van, what gives? Plus you are freezing inside in the winter

Dealer practices

Unfortunately the Dealer I purchased vehicle at had a service department that is not well trained and to me seemed totally incompetent, I hope this is not representative of all subaru dealerships. I had to go into dealer over 5 times to address same issue and after last occurence they put in new BIU but did not program it to include all my options. After bringing this to their attention they seemed dumb founded and did not even have tools to reflash BIU ....

Conclusion

I have had a number of Subaru's previous to the 2014 Forester and I loved they way they handled with their AWD and to me they defined the Canadian Winter Car. Unfortunately this 2014 Forester to me is not a winter car .... and for the life of me I can not imagine how it won SUV of the year for 2014

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Response from NormT

10:10 pm July 10, 2017

My soon to wife's .2012 Forester was on its wear bars at less than 19,000 miles. She couldn't understand why she had no traction in the snow. New tires helped as I monitored the car I uncovered the infamous Subaru oil consumption with a puff of blue smoke on cold starts and allot of piston slap. After a half a year we traded it and it's cracked windshield on a GMC Terrain. As it enters the last year she said the Terrain was the best car she has ever had.

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Response from NormT

10:11 pm July 10, 2017

My soon to wife's .2012 Forester was on its wear bars at less than 19,000 miles.  She couldn't understand why she had no traction in the snow.  New tires helped as I monitored the car I uncovered the infamous Subaru oil consumption with a puff of blue smoke on cold starts and allot of piston slap.  After a half a year we traded it and it's cracked windshield on a GMC Terrain.  As it enters the last year she said the Terrain was the best car she has ever had.

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