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Old 01-03-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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Looks like Consumer Reports is impressed so far. I'm thinking the turbo version could be a fun drive.


2014 Subaru Forester first drive from Consumer Reports - YouTube
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I like the styling better on the previous model. Clean and classy. The grill on that new on just looks stupid. Off topic - can't stand that guy who reviews cars for them - he's so irritating. If a car isn't some soulless uber-practical driving appliance he doesn't like it (and given his droning, expressionless monotone that's not surprising).

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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I think the new one looks a little more brawny, a little less curvy. Even though supposedly the new one has a lower drag coefficient.

They had to incorporate the former hood scoop into the new grill for lower drag. I think I'd prefer a sport grill without the bar though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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Driving impressions are available now:

2014 Subaru Forester 2.5 / 2.0XT Turbo First Drive – Review – Car and Driver

2014 Subaru Forester Test Drive - Popular Mechanics

2014 Subaru Forester XT First Drive

2014 Subaru Forester and XT Turbo First Drive Review - YouTube
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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Yawn.....
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Yawn.....
Ditto. I was all over one at the Detroit IAS yesterday, and it just didn't do anything for me.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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Yawn.....
You actually took the time to post "yawn?" That's just sad.

Pretty much all of the compact SUV class have been redesigned in the past two years. CR-V, Escape, Forester, RAV4, CX-5. The Tuscon was redesigned in 2010. It's as bread-and-butter as the midsize sedan segment, so it's pretty important, as well as being relatively exciting with all these new models dropping.

Besides, I'm thinking a 250 HP Forester with a sport suspension based on a WRX will be anything but a yawn. It's a shame there's so few "fun" compact SUVs, though the Juke isn't bad either, and the 2.0T Escape might also be competitive, it's 231 HP, but has an actual automatic instead of a CVT. It's heavier too, though.

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Old 01-26-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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I miss the scoop.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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The new Forester looks a lot nicer than at least the 2009 version (my previous normally aspirated one with a 5-speed MT). Also, now that Toyota scratched the V6 motor from the Rav 4, the edge goes to the Forester. I still don't like turbo motors where I live (very cold weather), but only time will tell if the Subaru motor will be as reliable up here. Meanwhile I will have to take my wife's Rav 4 V6 for a spin whenever I can. The 270HP V6 is a rocket.

That said, my congratulations to fellow Forester drivers. The new one looks real good compared to previous versions.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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6-speed manual available in the NA but CVT is the only trans in the turbo? A bit bass-ackwards, no?
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