The 2014 Subaru Forester received the Award for the SUV of the Year Motor Trend magazine, making the Japanese manufacturer in the one to win the award in three of the last six years.
Subaru had already won the 2010 Outback and Forester 2009, the previous generation to the current. Last year, the new XV Crosstrek 2013 was on the list of finalists for the award of Motor Trend.
“The Subaru Forester 2014 outperformed the rest of the models in a highly competitive list because it met our six criteria for evaluation,” said Ed Loh, Editor in Chief of Motor Trend. “The well-planned and executed engineering intelligent design, in addition to the excellent performance on the road, were the keys to the Forester was the choice of our editors”.
Loh added that in addition, experts from Motor Trend were particularly impressed with the powerful and efficient turbo charged engine, the sporty performance continuously variable transmission (CVT), excellent visibility, good interior package, its practicality and high degree of value-price relationship.
“The Forester fulfilled fully in all lines,” said Loh.
To grant its awards, the editorial staff of Motor Trend subjects the candidate models to a process of evaluation of three phases, including revision of technical specifications, performance gasoline, road tests, tracks and off-road driving evaluation , acceleration, braking, driving experience, engine and transmission performance.
Once all the tests, the editors meet to analyze the information and vote.
“We are honored to receive the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, Inc. “Our teams of engineers, product planning, sales and marketing strive to provide the best vehicles our consumers and this award gives credibility to our mission. ”
The list of finalists chosen by the editors of Motor Trend Award for 2014 included the following SUV models, as required, they should be totally new or significantly refurbished
Acura MDX, Audi Q5, BMW X1, Buick Encore, Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, MINI Paceman S ALL4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4
Besides the award of Motor Trend, the Subaru Forester 2014 he received the distinction Top Safety Pick + (TSP +) of the Institute of Insurance and Highway Safety (IIHS) and became the first vehicle – and only 13 SUVs compactas-, to overcome more than all aspects of new and more demanding partial frontal impact tests.
Before receiving the award from Motor Trend, the Forester had been backed by consumers helped improve sales by 46%. Subaru is about to turn five years in increased sales and is closing 2013 with 400,000 units shipped in the United States.
Redesigned for his 4th. generation
The Subaru Forester 2014 was completely redesigned its fourth generation, which now has more interior space, more efficient fuel consumption, the legendary 4×4 Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology and a new BOXER engine that generates up to 250 horsepower .
Although it remains virtually the same dimensions as the previous generation, the Subaru Forester 2014 has more interior space, thanks to being manufactured on a new platform which has 0.9 additional inches of space between the axles, providing 41.7 pugladas space in the second row of seats and a total of 103.9 inches for the entire vehicle.
With 8.7 inches tall, the structure of the new Forester 2014 is higher than most other models in the segment of midsize crossovers, but maintains a level of comfort to enter and exit the cab, thanks to the lower frame door is 2 inches masd low compared to the previous model.
Changes in the structure now allow higher driving position, less intrusion in the center tunnel and a shorter front console, all contributing to a larger space for passengers in both rows of seats.
Cargo space can be adjusted to different configurations thanks to the 60/40 split backrests of the second row of seats and reaches 74/7 cubic feet with the largest in the segment of midsize crossovers rear seats folded down.
More power, more efficiency
Powertrain options include a new turbocharged BOXER four-cylinder 2.0-liter that generates 250 horsepower, followed by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter with 170 horsepower.
Subaru offers a manual transmission of six changes to the basic model and the new generation of Subaru Lineartronic® continuous variable (CVT) with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for manual controls.
The 2.5i engine models can be coupled to an automatic transmission of six changes or new Subaru Lineartronic® continuous variable (CVT), which also equips Impreca® new Subaru, Legacy and Outback®.
The higher-end models with the CVT transmission also feature the new X-Mode control that optimizes the operation of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Hill Descent Control to improve the experience under extreme conditions of off-road driving.
With these options powertrain, the new Forester 2014 will be at the head of the segment of midsize crossovers with four-wheel drive, with a yield of gasoline of 24 mpg city, 32 highway and combined average of 27 for models with the 2.5-liter engine and CVT transmission.
All models except base 2.5i, have safety equipment that includes camera support for reverse maneuvers and a multifunction color display as standard equipment.
The security team of the 2014 Forester now has the EyeSight® technology developed by engineers Subaru, which uses cameras in Estero instead of radar to integrate the functions of Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle System Lane Departure Warning, all contributing to alert the driver to avoid accidents.
The optional navigation system with touch screen technology has the Aha® by which you can have access to different applications of smart phones, and the higher-end models, an audio system is available harman / kardon eight speakers and 440 watts of power.
Am I buy it?
The Subaru Forester 2.5i will be available with a base model and Premium, Limited and Touring versions, with a price range (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP) ranging from $ $ 21.995 by the more austere model to $ 32.995 by the more equipped, more than $ 825 on the charge of deliveries.
The Forester 2.0XT with turbocharged engine is available in the Premium and Touring versions.