The 2014 Subaru Forester, which is set to start selling this spring, has a starting price of $22,820 for the base 2.5i model. This price stands for a $730 increase from the price tag of the base 2013 Forester that says $22,090 MSRP. The top-of-the-range turbocharged Forester 2.0 XT is priced at $33,820.
Some of the features included in the 2014 Forester 2.5i base model are Incline Start Assist, floor mats, Bluetooth, and a 4.3-inch LCD screen. Moving up to the 2.5i Premium raises the final price by $3000 to $25,820. Its upgrades include 17-inch steel wheels to 17-inch alloys, a 10-way power driver’s seat, privacy glass, a reclining rear seatback, as well as a six-speaker sound system with HD Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Meanwhile, the 2014 Forester 2.5i Premium with a six-speed manual has standard heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. On the other hand, the same model with a CVT gets a standard a panoramic moonroof and provides the mentioned equipment in a package.
The 2014 Forester 2.5i Limited is priced $3000 higher to $28,820. It gets perforated leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, fog lights, a power rear liftgate, Hill Descent Control and an X-Mode that offers increased wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines.
The 2.5i Touring, the 2014 Forester with the highest-trim, has an output of 170-hp from the 174-lb-ft 2.4-liter flat-four. It costs $30,820 and features a standard a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen (which is offered on the Premium and Limited models), one-touch folding rear seatback, and a 440-watt eight-speaker sound system.
In addition, the 2014 Forester 2.5i Touring model offers the automaker’s EyeSight safety package that comes with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation systems with hands-free keyless access and HID headlights.
The model-year 2014 models that feature the turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder get a boost to 250 hp of torque, higher by 26 hp compared to last year. The most affordable turbocharged Forester, the 2.0XT Premium, is priced from $28,820 and comes with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels and Subaru’s SI-Drive selectable performance programming. The 2014 Forester 2.5XT Touring, with a price tag of $33,820, uses the same standard equipment seen on the 2.5i Touring model.
Subaru designed the new Forester to feature dynamically stunning looks of an SUV while boasting of high levels of aerodynamics and functionality. The front end of the new Forester literally lives up to the Subaru expression "Sportiness, Ruggedness, Peace of Mind and Confidence."
To stand out from the rest of the range, the Forester’s direct injection turbo engine model – the "2.0XT" – is given an exclusive front design that helps highlights its sporty prowess. Overall, the new Subaru Forester features an elegant form, which was achieved partly by extending forward the bottom end of the A-pillar by 200 mm. Likewise, the front section, door panels and a rear gate are provided with new designs that exude the SUV’s dynamism. The wheels and the wheelarches also feature new designs that help convey off-road capability.
Inside, the new Forester features a bold and spacious interior typical of an SUV. The cabin also employs soft touch materials that add to its higher quality feel. Helping the Forester achieve a more spacious interior is its newly styled instrument panel. In addition, Subaru made sure that the design of the Forester’s cabin allows for greater degree of comfort and utility.