2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
Where’s the scoop? Turbocharged Forester models no longer have a hood scoop; instead, they direct cooling air to the intercooler through underhood ductwork.
Looking for a crossover that packs power as well as cargo? Subaru performance DNA is still alive and well in the new Forester, too. A unique powertrain makes the turbocharged XT models as exotic as the WRX STI.
The engine is new – a 2.0-liter double overhead cam four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with dual Active Valve Control System variable valve timing on all four valves. Intercooled and turbocharged, the engine cranks out 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (compared with 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque for the non-turbo engine).
Available only with a beefed-up Lineartronic CVT, the driver may choose alternative control via paddle shifters.
Plus, there’s Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) – a choice of three modes for the engine management system: Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. Through a steering-wheel-mounted selector, the driver chooses the mode that best suits road conditions and personal taste for improved control and driving pleasure.
SI-DRIVE changes the vehicle’s character – from reasonably mild to vicious. Supporting that variance, Intelligent and Sport modes have six forward “gears” when shifting manually. Sport Sharp has eight – all the better for keeping engine speed where it makes the most power.
The available power rear gate automatic close and height memory functions make loading and unloading cargo easier. Open and close the rear gate with the remote or by buttons inside the gate and on the dashboard.
Watch the power rear gate video.