Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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Subaru Forester, Car Buying, Wagon
#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.
#113 of 260 Re: I just bought this car, 2.5i base CVT [danielso]
Apr 16, 2013 (6:28 pm)
Driving my new forester premium 2.5i has been a great experience. I drove a few times between NJ and Boston, about 260 miles each way. The roads are hilly and winding. I can drive at 75 mph on pretty sharp turns and feel pretty stable. It also has decent power to climb hills to my surprise. The car is pretty quite except there is noticeable wind noise especially after you pull the sunroof sliding door back. Due to the hilly and winding roads I drove, I got average 26.5-27 mpg each time. I think it is quite good for SUV of this size. The power seat is excellent but the cruise control buttons are not so good. The noise from CVT during acceleration is not bad at all. Anyway, Forester in my view is definitely a better SUV than Toyota RAV 4 due to its capability.
#114 of 260 Re: I just bought this car, 2.5i base CVT [danielso]
Apr 17, 2013 (5:37 am)
The way it gets better milage is that the computer will calculate every detail requiered on top it is hooked up to the tranny and the all wheel drive as well. In the manual you still have the same viscous system all drive and you control throttle response and not the computer. There is where you burn fuel. The auto espcially if you don't have manual setting (paddle shifter) is just pussyfooting. There is the whine that you hear I guess comes from.
I just sold an 07 WRX and it was an instatenious bomb taking off. Litterally no turbo lag. Now I got the Forester XT the one without the GPS (I'm in Canada and the naming is different here). This one has a different CVT which is from the Legacy and a couple of guys were thinking that it is from the Legcy or Forester's Australian diesel version to be able to handle the torque. If I put my car in Sport or Sport Sharp it moves. Not like the WRX of course there is quite weight difference. I'm missing the roar of the boxer at shifts. But in Sport Sharp in full auto or manual you got your head snap back to the head rest. To me the XT worth the difference.