2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i
What’s the hold-up?
A hook mounted on the interior rear gate is convenient to hang up items such as wet suits, lanterns, aprons, etc., when the gate is open.
Do most of your running around in the city? Forester keeps you ready for anything and everything. Case in point: The new power rear gate. It opens and closes at the push of a button, plus it can be set to open only so far – so no worries about scraping it on garage doors or scarily low parking garage ceilings, or damaging any overhanging cargo on the roof.
Inside, a split rear seatback can lower one side at a time to handle all kinds of cargo. And you’d never know it from the outside, but there’s 6.4 more cubic feet of cargo space than the 2013 model with the rear seatbacks lowered.
But what’s a vehicle without storage for life’s necessities? The redesigned Forester has conveniently placed bottle, atlas, pen, cellphone, and credit card holders galore.
Last but certainly not least: being able to get in and out comfortably, and keeping Forester pristine clean. Door sills are lower and stay dust-free, due to the doors’ design – the door bottoms extend lower, covering the sills to help keep out road dirt. The driveshaft tunnel is lower, so even backseaters can stretch out.
Easier, more enjoyable errands? Why, of course:
- An available rear-vision camera helps you see obstacles when backing up
- Available Keyless Access & Start – a dash-mounted button operates the ignition
- Aha™1 infotainment – a wide array of audio choices play through the vehicle’s sound system
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i
If cleats, spikes, skis, poles, ropes, carabiners, picks, tents, kayaks, and 80 million other adventurous odds and ends are part of your load, Forester is more than prepared. Take it into the woods, up a mountain, or sleep in it comfortably until the bears leave.
The roof rails are ready to handle a number of Genuine Subaru Accessories racks and carriers, and Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds as well. Snowboarding and snowmobiling weekend? Piece of cake.
Naturally, there’s also plenty of crafty engineering to get you through those halfway-up-the-hill-gotta-check-something moments. Incline start assist holds you in place, to keep you from rolling.
And once you head back down, Lineartronic CVT’s Hill Descent Control holds the reins on the engine to help maintain a consistent, steady pace.
Extra-slippery terrain? Hit the console-mounted switch for Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive’s X-Mode. At speeds up to 25 miles per hour, it dramatically reduces wheelspin and gives Forester added grip by sending engine power to the wheel(s) with traction. In the blink of an eye, traction and control become your not-so-secret superpowers.
Clear advantage: Vehicles with an available rear-vision camera can help in many ways – from avoiding hard-to-see trees to backing into your camp.
1 Aha is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Inc.