Subaru has officially announced that its all-new 2014 Forester will carry a base MSRP of $21,995 when it hits dealerships early this year, (*not including $895 in destination fees). This represents an increase of $700 over the outgoing 2013 model.

That new price will net buyers the base 2.5i model equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Subaru will also sell the 2.5i engine in Premium, Limited and Touring trims, though the automaker has not released specific price points for those models. These models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Subaru says that with its standard all-wheel drive, the Forester 2.5i will be good for fuel economy numbers of 24/32 miles per gallon (city/highway) when equipped with the company's continuously variable transmission. Manual models see those numbers drop to 22/29 mpg.

The more powerful Forester 2.0XT will only be offered in Premium and Touring trims, starting at $27,995 (not including destination). These models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four, sending 250 hp and 258 lb-ft to all four wheels. Fuel economy doesn't suffer terribly with this more powerful engine, as only the CVT is offered. Subaru quotes figures of 23/28 mpg here.

Upmarket Forester models are available with the company's new Eyesight driver assistance system and Starlink infotainment technology. Other new features available for the 2014 Forester include Hill Descent Control on CVT-equipped models, a rearview camera, power liftgate, navigation with smartphone integration and a 440-watt Harmon/Kardon premium audio system.

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SUBARU ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ALL-NEW 2014 FORESTER

- Pricing for the popular Subaru Forester starts at $21,995
- All-wheel drive Forester priced below competitive front-wheel drive vehicles
- 2014 Forester also available with new Subaru Eyesight and STARLINK technology

Cherry Hill, N.J., - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2014 Forester. The 2014 Forester 2.5i model will be available in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. Pricing for the Forester begins at $21,995 for the base model 2.5i with a six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT will be offered in the Premium and Touring versions, with the Premium trim offered at $27,995. These prices all reflect MSRP before the $825 destination charge.

As with all previous Forester models, the 2014 version comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a distinction from competitive models that come with front-wheel drive as standard and offer all-wheel drive as an extra-cost option. The 2014 Forester will lead the segment in all-wheel drive fuel economy, with the 2.5i model achieving manufacturer's fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined. Those figures also compare well with competitors that feature front-wheel drive.

The all-new 2014 Forester is available with Subaru Eyesight driver assistance system and all-new STARLINK cabin technology. High-line 2014 Forester models equipped with the CVT also feature new Hill Descent Control and a new X-Mode control feature, which provides extra control in certain driving conditions. Other new amenities and conveniences include rear vision camera, color multi-function display, power rear gate with automatic close and Keyless Access and Start. The available navigation system features smartphone integration with the driver-friendly Aha® audio application. The top-line Touring models come standard with a navigation system and 440-watt harman/kardon® audio system.

The new Subaru Forester will build on the sales success of the previous generation, which helped the Subaru brand to achieve four consecutive annual sales records. The 2014 Forester is expected to sell in even greater numbers than the outgoing model.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a good price
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't say the outside look is winning me over, but overall the new Forester seems pretty capable. The inside seems to have gotten te biggest upgrade, and I'm impressed with the interior cargo capacity, especially in such a compact vehicle. The nose doesn't look right, perhaps because it's a little short, but that makes the overall car length smaller which is good for both urban parking and offroad approach angle. Still a little disapointed with the base HP figures, and the cost of the turbo doesn't seem worth it, especially when you factor in the price of premium fuel. I'd have liked to see the base engine at least at 185.
        Scott
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        Turbo does not "require" premium fuel.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scott
          Then, why buy it if you're just going to cheap out on the gas? Performance engines need higher octane to prevent detonation. The engine only dials the timing back AFTER it detects detonation. Prolonged use of regular gas usually results in a trip to the dealer with a bill that says, you should have used premium, but since you're a cheap jerk who thinks you know better than the teams of engineers and scientists that built the engine, here's a bill for a new engine, warranty doesn't cover stupidity.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a driver of a 2005 Forester XT, here are some thoughts: - I like the looks better than the last time I saw it. It has the new \'made of Legos\' visual vocabulary that I don\'t love. The front end still looks like it\'s graphted onto a different car, but there you go. - I am glad to see the intercooler is still on the top of the engine. The horsepower goons always complain about heatsoak, but with so many turbo cars, I complain about 47 feet of intake tubing causing lag. I like my short intake tract and I\'m glad to see it\'s still there. Cleaver \'scoop\' BTW. - The paint surface is terrible. All OEs have orange peel, but come on. - The interior looks like a nice place to be. Hopefully they updated the nav unit to Harmon Kardon as well. Subie\'s OE nav has few friends. - Are the rear seats power fold? That\'s my guess for those buttons. Seems kind of silly. My seat backs are small and light and I have no trouble with the operation. - The power lift gate will make a lot of people happy. Hopefully there is that button and one on the FOB too. I think every automaker needs to steal Ford\'s \'shake your foot under the car\' doo-hickey. - When does the STi version come out that loses 300 pounds and gains 75 horsepower?
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        I've even seen orange peel paint on Audi and BMW. The industry standard must be lower nowadays.
          Yoshi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          It's likely the price of environmental standards. Eco-friendly and durable do not always coexist.
      Kazzaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      i see it as the best looking forster why everyone whining about the look ?
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kazzaz
        Because it doesn't look good.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kazzaz
        Only Forester I thought looked decent was the sport version of the 2007 XT. Preferably in black. This new model is a mess. The bumper, hood, grille (WTF?). Can't find a single nice thing to say about it...
      duke.of.rides
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does it have to be so ugly. I was looking forward to buying one of these, until I saw one of these... I guess I am getting a Mazda.
        Lab Rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @duke.of.rides
        The Subaru will last 75,000 miles longer. Mazdas CX\'s are girl cars, anyway... if you\'re a girl, thats ok.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lab Rat
          Subaru is the brand most driven by lesbians (this is not made up), and you are calling the CX a girls car?
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lab Rat
          If it were a girl she would be duchess.of.rides, not duke. I don't want to go as far as to say it's ugly, but I would agree the Mazda CX is a much better looking vehicle.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @duke.of.rides
        I'm sorry, but Mazda's are as much of a "Butterface" as this Forester
      benzaholic
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they switched to an inline instead of a boxer for the turbo? Perhaps not.
      Finklestein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just when you think Subarus couldn't get any uglier.... As a former bugeye WRX owner, I have come to see that the company itself is allergic to aesthetically pleasing entities.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im not sure why people are mocking the looks, nobody buys Subaru for looks and they have always been quirky looking. People buy them for capability, reliability, build quality, innovation...they are the embodiment of function over form.
      Phil B
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the eff is going on with the front end? Is it puking up an 8-track or something?
      BobKustofawitshz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly. They need to completely rework the front end on this, the Legacy and Outback.
      who_the
      • 1 Year Ago
      CVT in the XT? Blech. My 2005 XT 5MT is the fastest car I've ever driven. Used to blow away my Boxster S with ease. Why does Subaru insist on saddling the XT with an automatic transmission?
        thedriveatfive
        • 1 Year Ago
        @who_the
        Because more people buy it with one?
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @who_the
        Probably a bad take rate sadly. Really, if you compared them an XT Premium and a WRX 5-door Premium, which ticked off pretty much all the same option boxes, stickered for nearly the same price. If you\'re an enthusiast and thus want stick, why not take the WRX? I will say my 09\' XT did have an impressive amount of room and rode well, and could definitely shift for a four pot, four speed auto. But really, the 5-door Impreza is still plenty spacious enough for most things, and upgrading to 265 horse, a proper manual, and the more road oriented suspension make a big difference. Basically, it\'s a CVT because Subaru is sadly becoming a yuppie vehicle of choice. The turbo, CVT in Limited trim will fit the bill just perfectly for a slightly upmarket CUV. Let\'s just hope the WRX, when it ever gets here, will remain manual only as it rightfully should.
      Boogaloo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like they've gone with a black carpet?!?!? I know some people like that sort of thing, but seriously? I won't ever have another black carpet! I'm due to replace my 2003 Forester, and will as soon as I find a great handling crossover with a stick shift, a coloured exterior, and a non-black interior. Still searching...
        Yoshi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Boogaloo
        The XT models will have black interiors. Most of the X models will not.
          Boogaloo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yoshi
          I checked with a dealer - all foresters will have black/dark charcoal carpeting. A pox on all their houses!
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