2015 Subaru Forester Changes
The Subaru Forester all-wheel drive compact crossover is completely redesigned for 2014. This fourth-generation 2014 Forester is slightly larger in all dimensions than the outgoing model (2009-2013). It wears somewhat bolder skin wrapped around a roomier cabin and boasts both improved performance and higher fuel economy. The 2015 Subaru Forester comes with some changes, although the engines will be the ones we already seen. This compact SUV, better described as a crossover, has a strong fan base and very good feedback from its drivers. It would be reasonable to guess the manufacturer’s ambition to introduce the Forester into the SUV circles. If you remember, it started as a wagon which had some of the crossover characteristics.
Now, the 2015 Subaru Forester grew up and it became a full-blooded crossover. This model year won’t surprise us with a lot of radical changes. We’ll have to be patient for the 2015 Subaru Forester redesign. These refreshments are, however, suitable for the current model year, since they provide enough of changes, in spite of the fact this crossover essentially remained the same. Subaru is a leader in all-wheel-drive technology and this sets Forester apart from front-wheel-drive competitors that offer all-wheel drive as an option. A 6-speed manual gearbox supersedes the previous 5-speed manual as standard, while Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the old 4-speed automatic. The CVT mated to the 2.5-liter engine has a selectable low shift mode that adds engine braking on downhill grades. The high-torque version of this transmission comes with the turbo engine and has steering wheel paddles for manual shifting. Both use adaptive control to continually optimize gear ratios based on driving preferences and conditions.
2015 Subaru Forester Interior
The new interior takes advantage of the 2014 Forester’s expanded roominess by creating a feeling of spaciousness through a combination of horizontal design elements and more space between the instrument panel and seats.
First of all, the 2015 Subaru Forester will have its height and width changed. It is taller and wider, but the scale of this changes is minor — it is 1.4″ wider and 0.6″ taller. The wheelbase of the 2015 Forester is 103.9 inches long. There are HID headlights available for certain trim levels, as well as a moonroof. Also, there are new color options. As for the overall style, the 2015 Subaru Forester remained almost untouched. It’s truth there are people who simply love Subaru’s design language, but also there are these who can’t stand it. The front-end of this crossover has a smooth feel, contrary to the back-end where we can see more angular, sharp and — in a way — rough design.
Subaru developed the EyeSight Driver Assist system which uses two cameras in stereo sync and supersede the use of radar technology. This system also has Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking.
Instruments are limited to large, round speedometer and tachometer dials and a digital fuel gauge between them. We appreciated the blue cold-engine light following a cold start but would have gladly traded it for a real temperature gauge. The climate controls are very nice. We also loved that top-center color screen for the rearview camera, which can also display a multitude of information including average fuel economy, range and entertainment system selection.
The base Forester 2.5i has a 4.3-inch LCD screen at top center of the dash that displays outside temperature, fuel economy and a road surface freeze warning. All other models have a multifunction color display with rearview camera, audio and Bluetooth information, climate control, vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder; when equipped, X-Mode and Hill Descent Control operation are displayed as well. Premium and Limited models offer a new standard six-speaker audio system with AM/FM HD (but no satellite) radio with capability to play music from CD, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and other players.
GPS navigation comes with a 6.1-inch LCD touch screen, voice-activated controls, Aha smartphone integration features, iTunes tagging, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, SMS Text Messaging and XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic. Compared to others in this class, however, this infotainment screen seems a bit dated and small, with small touch pads (instead of easy-to-use knobs) for volume and tuning.
Touring models come with a premium 440-watt, eight-speaker harman/kardon system. We should mention a Harman Kardon audio system, which can make the music lovers forget about the lack of wood elements inside.
We found the covered console box small, but there’s a large open bin under the climate dials that also contains a convenient 12V accessory outlet. The steering wheel spokes offer handy buttons for audio, cruise, phone and multi-function display control.
They could improve the appearance of the 2015 Forester, but they decided to dedicate themselves to the technology. That may be a reason why they haven’t improved the interior of this vehicle. While the other crossover manufacturers follow the market desire for more luxury in the crossover segment, the people in charge of the Forester manufacturing decided to go with more modest, but comfortable interior. Although the materials used inside the 2015 Subaru Forester are not premium, the enjoyment in ride will be provided by superior technologies implemented. Also, there will be a backup camera as a standard feature for all trim levels. The 2015 Subaru Forester all-weather package has heated side mirrors and heated front seats.
The front seats use a new cushion spring array for long-distance comfort, the hip point is 1.1-inches higher than before, and the driver’s seat has 1.3 inches more fore-aft and 0.6 inches more height adjustment travel. Materials are upgraded compared to previous models with soft-touch surfaces on the upper instrument panels and armrests.
Rivaling some larger vehicles, rear-seat legroom is 41.7 inches in the 2014 Forester, from the previous 38.0, ample room for a leggy six-footer even with the front seat all the way back, and there’s more room than before for a center rear passenger. Wider-opening rear doors make it easier to climb in and out and to install a child seat, and the rear seatbacks recline a bit in all but the base 2.5i model.
To better accommodate cargo, the load floor is flatter and total capacity is increased to 74.7 cubic feet when the standard 60/40 split rear seats are folded down. The available power moonroof cuts cargo space to 68.5 cubic feet.
Subaru Forester XT Performance
The 2015 Subaru Forester base engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer, which can deliver 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The Forester 2.5i offers strong mid-range torque and we were pleased by its willing performance. Its torque, that force that propels you away from intersections, peaks at 174 pound-feet from 2000 to 4000 rpm, a broad range. That makes the Forester 2.5i feel responsive when driving around town. Acceleration performance when drag racing from a standstill is slow, however, taking a very long 9.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The more powerful engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which can produce whooping 250 horsepower.
As for the transmission, the 2015 Subaru Forester can have a six-speed manual gearbox option on 2.5i and 2.5i premium models. Of course, there is CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) available. The 2.5-liter version with manual transmission has fuel economy results at 24 mpg combined. The 2015 Forester with the same engine, but with CVT can make 27 mpg combined, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 25 mpg combined. Every 2015 Subaru Forester will have all-wheel drive.
Subaru Forester Best Price
The price of this crossover will, of course, depend on a trim. The 2015 Subaru Forester XT Touring will cost around $34,000. The more affordable, Limited trim will be around $29,000, while the Premium trim, which brings a moonroof costs around $26,000. However, the most affordable version of the new Forester will cost around $23,000. All the prices mentioned include the destination fee.
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