2014 Subaru Forester XT Review and Changes, The Forester xt was born 2 generations ago by having turbocharged version of Subaru’s 2. 5-liter four-cylinder engine. With an accessible manual transmission, aggressive styling and shocking torque, the car had street cred.
Jump onto the 2014 model year and Subaru is giving an all-new Forester and therefore the xt is faithfully in tow. Or is it ?
Abundant has modified since the tuner’s friend graced north america in 2003 with its wrx-like hood scoop. The 2. 5-liter turbo engine is gone and thus, lamentably, happens to actually be the stick shift ( though that’s nothing new, because it wasn’t offered within the whole 2nd generation xt either ).
With their places, subie selected a continuously variable transmission as well as a 2. 0-liter, turbocharged version on your boxer four found within the whole new brz. At 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the smaller engine will have a lot of pluck.
A cvt is currently too used, while which may seem such as a bad issue, it’s not. In any case, the recent automatic was nothing other then a 4-speed. Add the new box to those higher output numbers and therefore the result is 0-60 time closer in line in the original xt, sitting barely higher than the six-second mark.
And, of course, because of the 2014 Subaru Forester XT trim, we knew that we were getting one of the most powerful crossovers in this segment, too. Subaru’s turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder lay under the hood, ready to pump out some 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque at the flex of an ankle. Combined with a light-for-the class curb weight of around 3,600 pounds and Subaru’s grippy all-wheel-drive system, the XT feels pretty quick in town and on the freeway.
A cross between a bulldog and a BMW X3, the Forester became much more interesting to look at for 2013. Forester XTs go a step further with their aggressive front fascia and attractive 18-inch alloy wheels, but we do lament the loss of the outgoing model’s hood scoop.
Our highly-optioned 2014 Subaru Forester XT Touring’s HID headlamps and LED running lights gave it a distinct appearance on the road. Sure, LED lamps are becoming passé, but the Forester’s horseshoe-shape design is more unique than the customary solitary strip.
Inside, the cabin is nicely attired and the Limited well equipped. Nice materials, plenty of toys, comfortable seating and some neat gauges — the central screen atop the centre stack shows a trip computer, what the all-wheel-drive system is doing, when X-Mode is engaged and how much boost the turbocharger is supplying. Flipping through the different displays is as simple as using the steering wheel-mounted buttons. It also displays the scene from the back-up camera. The problem is that for this application, the screen (4.3-inch) is too small, which renders it redundant.
Every 2014 Subaru Forester includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. A rearview camera is standard for all but the base 2.5i.
In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2014 Subaru Forester XT received the highest possible rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.