Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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#217 of 260 Re: '09 vs '14 Forester ride [kurtamaxxxguy]
Sep 28, 2013 (5:52 am)
The ride in our 2010 Forester XT was much better than our 2014 XT. The extra sportiness added was not necessary at all. However, the interior noise level on the 2014 is amazingly less: I can't believe I'm driving a Subaru.
The contrast between noise and ride is extreme. Up market pretensions with gadgets and lavish accessories won't be successful unless the ride is improved....and that means softened. The performance-at-a-price advantage of the XT Premium over the RDX made the difference, but it would have been nice to have the ride of the 2010.
#218 of 260 Re: '09 vs '14 Forester ride [saedave]
Sep 28, 2013 (3:59 pm)
Don't forget the XT runs the WRX engine and that is an aggressive one. I can not see this car with a softer suspension at all. I'm also missing the growl of the boxer turbo engine. The 14 Forester XT sounds like an ordinary sedan of any brand.
I expected the same noise as the WRX from it. Have no idea about the 2010 because I had a WRX and that had a much harder ride than the 14 Forester.
#219 of 260 Re: '09 vs '14 Forester ride [laszlo9]
Sep 29, 2013 (5:12 am)
Perhaps Subaru should consider the 2014 XT a success since both WRX and previous turbo forester owners bought one.
I expect the next WRX version of the 2.0l turbo to have considerably more power than the Forester XT and for it to require (not just recommend) high octane fuel. Perhaps in excess of 300Hp.
Does anyone know whether the block is semi-closed deck like the 2.5l turbo? And what about forged crank, pistons, etc?
#220 of 260 Re: '09 vs '14 Forester ride [saedave]
Sep 29, 2013 (5:29 am)
Subaru will have to address the automatic transmission on the XT models. CVT is just not right for the turbo Forester. That engine needs a more definite shifting than a CVT can do and that is my ONLY dissapointment with the car moving over from WRX. To me it is like puting second hand worn tires on a new WRX, just makes no point at all.
#221 of 260 2014 Forester observations
Sep 29, 2013 (6:46 am)
Fans of earlier Foresters are not likely to appreciate the considerably stiffer suspension on the 2014s. I like it however. The ride I find overly stiff is the Crosstrek.
One of the problems with the new Forester is the platinum upholstery which I think is hideous. It needs a darker, tawnier shade and hue. Subarus and all cars for that matter need to get away from that colorless putty gray and into more golden if desaturated earth tones.
The Jasmine Green Forester is a nice color only to be ruined by the platinum gray which is foisted upon the buyer. It really needs a khaki or brown interior IMO.
I donít know how neutral, colorless grays ever became a default color for car interiors especially with gray paint finishes. You donít find too many people using gray upholstery in homes. Brown hues are natural yet people seem to fear using them in cars. Doesnít make sense.
Silver with sand, tan and brown works! Warm up those grays!
And itís about time HD radio came standard on all base models, or as a stand-alone item without having to get a package.
#222 of 260 Re: 2014 Forester observations [designman]
Sep 29, 2013 (11:34 am)
The color problem in the new XT Foresters was solved with black only. At least it is better than the quick-to-soil platinum.
With Subaru's very small production volumes, multiple color choices are not practical at the present price point. I seem to recall extra cost paint colors on my Audis. I prefer Subaru pricing.
#223 of 260 Re: 2014 Forester observations [saedave]
Oct 01, 2013 (9:00 am)
Unfortunately, my new black XT interior dirties up faster than the old '09 gray interior. Seems most dirt out here in Portland area is grayish, as is concrete dust. Black also gets hotter in the sun.
Given how similar Subaru interiors are, restricting XT interiors to one color choice only shouldn't be necessarry. Besides, who ever decreed that black is the only "sporty" color (Euro brands have used reds and tans in sporty cars for years)? The only place I've seen an abundance of black vehicles and interiors is Southern California (mostly a desert...guess they like sauntas on wheels).
#224 of 260 Re: 2014 Forester observations [kurtamaxxxguy]
Oct 01, 2013 (11:51 am)
I still have the new, never installed grey floor mats from my 2010 XT. I may use them for winter mats if they can be made to fit. I'll see which color looks the worst with snow and mud
The 2014 grey fabric is much lighter than the grey leather was on the 2010.
#226 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [xwesx]
Oct 16, 2013 (1:16 pm)
To me, the 2014 Forester (4th Gen) looks like it's morphing into a mini van.
They moved the A pillar forward 8 inches to create more cabin room, which shortened the hood accordingly.
I liked the look of the 3rd Generation better, with its long hoodline, but the 4th Gen is clearly the more functional design, and it is better in almost all other respects as well.