2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring 

  • $33k
  • 2.0L
  • 23 city 28 hwy
Sport Sharp enables a transformation in the 2.0XT's CVT—essentially making it 'pretend' it's an eight-speed automatic transmission, with relatively snappy shifts and manual control via steering-wheel paddle-shifters (which are omitted on 2.5i models).
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
The XT is now CVT-only, but again, this is a very sophisticated CVT.
by MotorTrend

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Subaru Forester

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Forester 2.0XT Touring
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Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Forester 2.0XT Touring
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Reviews Word on the street for the Subaru Forester

If you want to go with the greater performance of the XT, we think the CVT is quite livable and unobtrusive, and the simulated eight-speed mode really redeems it (although it can’t quite nail the downshifts quickly and make them smooth).

The CVT version comes with the panoramic moonroof and adjustable center armrest standard while the manual does not.

New, more efficient electrically-boosted power steering provides more positive feedback while the revamped chassis does an admirable job of keeping body roll in check under hard cornering.


8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The good news here is North American Foresters get a new direct-injected, turbocharged version of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer used in the BRZ; a six-speed manual replaces the moldy five-speed; and the Forester is finally rid of the four-speed automatic (soon to make its own appearance on Antiques Roadshow).
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2012)
The Lineartronic CVT is available on the 2.5i/2.5i Premium, while the 2.5i Premium with CVT also can be had with the All-Weather Package (standard on Foresters with the 6-speed manual transmission).
by KBB (Jun, 2013)
If you’re going for the standard 2.5i model, the CVT will be just fine for most people, but our favorite remains the six-speed manual.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)


XT turbo models get a special version of the CVT, though, that can simulate an eight-speed automatic transmission when wanted.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
With its new-generation horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines, combined with the fitment of the latest Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) in place of the former four-speed automatics, Subaru has managed to improve both gas mileage and performance.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
The not-so-good news: That new six-speed manual can only be served with the base, carry-over, 170-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four; shiftless drivers get the fuel-stingy Lineartronic continuously variable automatic from the current Legacy.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2012)


Redesigned from the ground up, the 2014 Forester raises its practical and personable character to an even higher level, gaining a new sense of style, more space, additional refinement, better performance and improved fuel economy.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)
Subaru says this Forester is the quietest vehicle it's ever made, and impressive aerodynamics helps the seemingly boxy SUV's fuel economy, too.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
Look at torque figures, though, and the Forester's 174 pounds-feet of torque compares well against the same group at 163, 172, 184 and 150 pounds-feet, respectively.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)


We found the new Forester to have especially good body control, as well as very well-tuned and nicely weighted rack-mounted electric power-steering.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Steering is nicely weighted, and body control is as in-check as you'll find from such a tall, spacious utility vehicle.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
For shoppers looking for an all-wheel-drive vehicle, the Forester wins easily in terms of capability, price and fuel economy.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)


The CVT is an additional $1,000.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
While people in the auto-writing trade gripe and moan about CVTs almost as an article of faith, the dirty little secret is that some of them are pretty good.
by MotorTrend
Even with the CVT doing its own thing, the turbo’s deeper well of low- and mid-rpm grunt promoted richer part-throttle responses.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Subaru
Model year 2014
City range 365 miles
Highway range 445 miles
MSRP $33k
Annual cost $8,776

power & handling

Max torque 258 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Max HP 250 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 14.6 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $122
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Optional, $409
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.91 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 70.7 in
Front track width 60.9 in
Height 68.2 in
Ground clearance 8.7 in
Length 180.9 in
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Curb weight 3,651 lb
GVWR 4,652 pounds
Tow weight 1,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 47 ft³
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