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#22427 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [bpizzuti]
Nov 29, 2012 (7:50 am)
I'm not liking the 26xx lb curb weight, though. You're going to want most of that power.
Kinda makes the base model more appealing, being so much lighter.
#22428 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [ateixeira]
Nov 29, 2012 (7:58 am)
Yeah but how many of the goodies will only be on the turbo? We already know the iDrive setup will be turbo-only. Maybe EyeSight too.
I mostly want EyeSight. If I can get it on the base I might just do so. But I bet it's turbo only for now.
#22429 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [bpizzuti]
Nov 29, 2012 (8:09 am)
Yeah, sounds like the paddles will be for the XT. The stepped transmission also.
Bob likes EyeSight too, funny thing is a lot of Sienna owners complained about their radar-based cruise control so I haven't been craving it. Most of them turn it off.
EyeSight it different in that is uses cameras, though. Let's wait and see.
#22430 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [ateixeira]
Nov 29, 2012 (8:24 am)
That's probably a result of owning a Miata and not a WRX.
With a horizontally opposed engine, it's very likely to consume some oil if you do a lot of aggressive cornering. Even with a dry sump, it's going to happen because the cylinder heads are laying sideways.
I had to add a lot of oil to my Impreza which I autocrossed the whole time I owned it. My compression was great and tailpipe clean.
#22432 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [ateixeira]
Nov 29, 2012 (10:56 am)
A few months back I drove a new Outback with Eyesight and was impressed with that feature.
A few small details:
• You have a choice of three distances between your car and the car in front with the adaptive cruise control.
• The cruise control indicator on the instrument panel gives an actual speed readout as to what it's set at. There is also an indicator as to what distance you have it set at. I like that.
• The lane departure warning can be a bit annoying, as any time you cross a lane it warns you, even if it's an intentional move on your part. So if you pull off the road and into a shopping center, or change lanes on the expressway, it will go off.
#22433 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [bpizzuti]
Nov 29, 2012 (11:15 am)
I think Eyesight is an option package only on top-of-the-line Touring models.
#22434 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [rsholland]
Nov 29, 2012 (11:41 am)
If that's so, I'm going to need $30k for my Forester.
Hmm, let's see, 7 year loan plus $4k for my trade in once I pay it off....damn.
#22435 of 22583 Re: US-spec '14 Forester [bpizzuti]
Nov 29, 2012 (11:55 am)
From one of the "At A Glance" PDF that I posted:
Optional for 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring
Driver Assist Technology package with
EyeSight system, Keyless Access and Start
and HID headlights.
The Limited and Touring models seem to have moved up-market, especially the Touring models. The XTs also have greatly benefited feature-wise from this new makeover.
#22436 of 22583 Re: Mazda may have one-upped Subie [bpizzuti]
Nov 29, 2012 (11:57 am)
Saw that too. The extra power and DI would be welcome, in fact that should be the next thing on Subaru's wish list for the base Forester.
Surprisingly the Forester gets better fuel economy at 24/32 (vs. 24/30 both with AWD), despite being bigger.
I test drove a CX5 with my sister and the engine fixes the biggest issue that car had (lack of power), but not the 2nd biggest - a tight rear seat. We folded the rear seat and it hits the front seatback. You have to slide the front seat forward to fold the rear seat.
The last Forester was already bigger so the new Forester must be a *lot* bigger.
Also we should remember that's Mazda's premium engine, you have to get an upscale model and then pay extra for the 2.5l engine to replace the 2.0l.