Winter 2014 About the Author Forester Wins It Again 2014 Subarau Forester names Motor Trend's 2014 Sports/Utility of the Year! Winter 2014 Since 1949, car enthusiasts have waited and watched for Motor Trend’s annual, coveted vehicle awards – considered by enthusiasts and savvy consumers to be the pinnacle of praise by the popular automotive press. There’s only one car … one truck … and one SUV selected by Motor Trend’s discerning staff. Needless to say, Subaru is excited and honored, because being selected for a Motor Trend award is no easy achievement. “This award validates all the hard work we put into our vehicles to make them the best they can be. The engineering, the innovation, the design, safety, and durability. These are all the things we measure ourselves against. Now it’s nice to know these are the same criteria that Motor Trendrecognizes us for as well,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. EVALUATIONS The award is not subjective. To determine who takes top honors, Motor Trend’s staff thoroughly evaluates the entire auto industry’s current lineup of new SUVs. They look at: Design advancement in styling, packaging, and materials Engineering excellence in total concept and execution; solutions to packaging, manufacturing, and dynamics; technology Performance of functions intended by planners, designers, and engineers Efficiency – relative fuel consumption and carbon footprint size Safety features that help the driver avoid a crash as well as protect occupants Value – comparable price and equipment levels Making these evaluations, the Motor Trend staff fell in lovewith the Forester. You can read in detail what they have to say about the Forester in Motor Trend’s December 2013 issue. Motor Trend recognized the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester as the top Sport/Utility of the year from a highly competitive field of SUVs. Equally impressive is that Motor Trend has chosen two generations of Forester for this prestigious award – the 2009 and 2014 versions. (And Outback won it in 2010!) Plus, this isn’t the only honor garnered by the 2014 Forester. It has earned the highest ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (TOP SAFETY PICK+)1 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (five stars). If you'd like to learn more about the new 2014 Forester, go tosubaru.com. Also read about it in Drive Performance Version 10.1, and in the Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 issues of Subaru Drive magazine. The all-new Subaru Forester. Motor Trend’s 2014 Sport/Utility of the Year®. A whole lot to love! 1 Ratings based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS’s) 40-mile-per-hour frontal crash test, 31-mile-per-hour side-impact test, 20-mile-per-hour rear-impact test, and roof-strength test. For more information, contact IIHS or visit their website at iihs.org.