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The 2013 vs. the 2014 Subaru Forester


 

The 2014 Subaru Forester will go on sale in March but is it really better than the 2013? In a word, yes. You should seriously consider buying the 2014 instead of a 2013 if you're in the market for a new Forester.

The 2014 Forester comes with two engine options, a  turbocharged 2.0 liter or standard 2.5 liter engine, both four-cylinders, versus the 2013 version comes with a standard 2.5 liter engine and turbocharged as a add-on. However, don't let the numbers fool you into thinking the 2013 is a more powerful engine. The 2014 Forester turbo 2.0 liter has just as much power as the standard 2.5 liter from the 2013 model, but is lighter, meaning you'll get a better use of your gas.

The engine itself, as well as the level of cabin noise, are the quietest Subaru's designed yet, far beating the competitors' crossover models. What's more, the 2014 Subaru Forester comes with all-wheel drive standard, unlike all the other crossovers where it's an optional package that adds a lot to the price of the car. Because the engine is so efficient (that's what makes it so quiet), the all-wheel drive that normally takes a toll on gas mileage puts it in the same range, even exceeding some other crossover vehicles (even when they didn't have all-wheel drive) and the 2013 Forester.

As for interior differences between the 2013 and the 2014 Forester, Subaru aimed at refining the fabrics and leathers in all models as well as reducing the plastic-like feel that some reviewers complained about in the 2013 models. You'll find new layouts built with softer materials than the 2013, as well as a lot more room. The 2014 Forester is bigger in almost all interior dimensions, making even adults comfortable in the back seats. It also means more cargo space, and with the best in class for maximum cargo room, you'll find you can fit almost anything in the 2014 Forester.

Last but not least, in the 2014 Forester, the child seat tethers have moved from the cabin's roof to the seat backs for ease of use and increased safety for children. Subaru, more than any car manufacturer, cares deeply about improvement year to year, instead of just slapping on a new number. All in all, the 2014 is an improvement over the 2013 Forester that you should consider. 

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