Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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Subaru Forester, Car Buying, Wagon
#101 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [xwesx]
Apr 12, 2013 (12:31 pm)
Well some likes it chunky some skinny. If all would care for blonds what would happen to the brunettes.
I had a 98 Outback sport 5 speed. Loved the shape the space, road clearence but missed a good turbo on it. Then I got a 2007 WRX, again it got it all but the space. Power, comfort for two people, speed and vicious acceleration. Loved it. From 2008 the WRX looked like any other car on the road with silly light all around. No character at all.
I would never looked at the Forester because it looked like a low slung Jeep with a different grille. A box made of lego. It was missing the Subarus bad boy look.
I picked this time the 2014 Turbo Forester because it is different from the others by its look. It has a good suspension to match the power and the 2.0 L Turbo engine from the WRX. Yes it is autiomatic but you can over ride with the paddles at ANY mode. two sport mode and the X-drive that actually works. It can take off like a rocket with no effort. Downshift without a glitch with the paddles in normal auto but when you gun it just start pushing seamlesly all the way up. Of course in manual you will "change" the gears. Today I drove it first time in a snow and ice storm and barely used the brakes because I was able to downshift to about 5-7 Ml/Hr speed. The all wheel drive with the dynamics control is almost scary how sure footed it is. It definitely beats most cars on the road. On the negative side I hate the dozens of lights and the multitude of silly displays inside. It is like a bloody X-mas tree . But today all cars are like that.
#102 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [once_for_all]
Apr 13, 2013 (3:07 pm)
They're heavier but competitors weigh even more.
#103 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [ateixeira]
Apr 13, 2013 (10:15 pm)
so pudginess is ok, as long as everyone else is more pudgy. I get it. But I'm still not satisfied with the mission creep of the Forester over the years. We are looking at $4 a gallon for a long time to come, and Subaru should be doing a bit better. We own the '12 Impreza hatch, and that is an impressive car when compared to the '03 Forester. That's a major improvement in the base car, and I'd like to see more of the same from the others.
#104 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [once_for_all]
Apr 15, 2013 (7:07 am)
It's a sign of the times. Roofs have to be strong enough to withstand the weight of Deleware on the roof, 75 air bags mandatory, emissions must be clean as a whistle, crumple zones big enough to not injure a jaywalker, etc.
Also, our 09 is a lot bigger than our 98 was, so this 14 model would be enormous next to the original.
Honestly, I think the XV has taken the slot left vacant as the Forester moved up. For sure it has more passenger room, though perhaps not quite as much cargo space, as my 98 Forester.
That begs the question - is there room for something sub-Impreza?
#105 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [ateixeira]
Apr 15, 2013 (7:35 am)
I think you are right, the Gen1-2 Forester would be directly competing with the current Impreza hatch or XV. That wouldn't make sense.
On the other hand, the current Forester is also taking the place of the early Tribeca. Perhaps the next offering on the Forester will be a 7 seater.
Sub-Impreza? I don't think Subaru could stay in the $16-17k price range, which is what they would need to compete against the Versas/Focusses etc.
#106 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [once_for_all]
Apr 15, 2013 (7:45 am)
Yeah, and they'd probably have to make it a cheap car and build it in Mexico or something.
I certainly don't want to see them rebadge a Yaris, either. Must be Subaru DNA.
Length is 175.2" for the XV, sure enough, I recall the 98 was EXACTLY the same length!
Wow, I doubt that's a coincidence. I wonder if that's a size limit for taxes in some part of Japan.
#107 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [once_for_all]
Apr 15, 2013 (7:46 am)
I live in Canada and the fuel is and always has been more expensive than down south.
Yes we want a car with power, good pick up, lots of space and use a gallon for 500 Miles. If it looks butch and pretty at the same time that will help.
Well it does not exist especially the price range we are howering around.
We have to take the trade off and in my book I will trade looks for safety and performance. And the fact that I can drive the bloody thing in the worst weather when all will hide.
If you are concern about fuel cost than look at the Toyota prius or the Smart car. There you get fuel economy but nothing else. It is a trade off.
#108 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [laszlo9]
Apr 15, 2013 (8:32 am)
Yes, it sure is a trade off. I like most of the changes to the '14, just not the aesthetic (if you can even call them that) ones.
Looking at it, it is negligibly larger (if at all) than the last gen. It would take a LOT of growing to turn that model in to a 7-seater!
#110 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [ateixeira]
Apr 15, 2013 (10:40 am)
If they were to bring that to the US market, they'd have to uglify it.