Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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#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.
#111 of 260 I just bought this car, 2.5i base CVT
Apr 16, 2013 (2:25 pm)
It's been about two weeks now and i already have 1000+ miles on it -- my commute is about 120 miles a day
I test drove 3: the 2.5i base manual, 2.5i premium CVT and the 2.0 XT touring. I was actually afraid to test drive the XT because I was afraid I would fall in love with it. But though I really really loved the test drive (the dealer just gave me the keys and let me drive it alone haha) I just couldn't imagine myself driving that fast. And since the turbo kicks in late, my driving habits prevented me from really feeling the full brunt of the speed.
The 2.5i manual was a TON of fun. I really love stick cars and I accordingly, I loved everything about the manual forester. I'm used to soft clutches like those of mazdas so those subaru clutch felt right at home. The gears shifted smoothly and the car was so responsive. Downshifting and all that fun stuff. I honestly found myself enjoying the manual more than the XT, but im sure that's a sentiment that most will not agree with.
But ultimately, I bought the CVT. I'm about to get married and I wanted to get a car my future wife could drive. And stuff. So... yeah. It's a good car. The CVT does whine a bit, annoyingly, and the mileage really isn't all that great if you drive normally at 70mph on the freeway, since it kinda struggles to get there. But I love the car. It's big, sturdy, the subaru blue is so pretty.
Wish I had gotten the manual though haha. I still don't get how the CVT gets better gas mileage than the manual -- I call shenanigans by the EPA.
#112 of 260 Re: I just bought this car, 2.5i base CVT [danielso]
Apr 16, 2013 (2:37 pm)
In your situation I taught my wife to drive stick!
Even though she drives an automatic now at least she knows how.