Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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#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.
#227 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [fandango]
Oct 16, 2013 (2:30 pm)
We have the 2014 Forester and just love it...from comfort to the great visibility it is just perfect. The ride is good and frankly we think it is a great looking car. So far nothing not to like...a good value.
#228 of 260 Manual is an option?
Oct 16, 2013 (8:20 pm)
I'm just replying to a robot-message from Edmunds but I thought all the new Foresters were CVT and that turned me away--I don't trust chains and stuff holding up to 250K miles like a manual transmission so I x'd-off Subaru from my current new-car options. If the old MPG was 25 for an automatic went to 32 with CVT, cool but I don't think I trust the 'chain technology'.
I'll probably spend some more time in the coming week but jeez, if they offered a 5/6-speed manual that got 30+ mpg I'd probably have a solution to my new car search. Love the Mazda CX-5 but the Subaru has ?10 cubic feet more cargo handling.
For all of you like me...OMG there are so many choices in the same $range! ...aaaaah!
#229 of 260 Re: Manual is an option? [pacair144]
Oct 17, 2013 (6:51 am)
6 speed manual is available in Base and Premium (non-turbo).
P.S. Moonroof is not available with manual transmission.
Oct 17, 2013 (7:29 am)
Forester won again.
#231 of 260 Re: Manual is an option? [pacair144]
Oct 17, 2013 (8:04 am)
I purchased a 2014 Forester premium with a 6-speed transmission six weeks ago, mostly because I like manual transmissions and partly because I was thinking along the same lines: I don't trust CVT transmissions over the long haul (literally) and I intend to keep this new vehicle for the next 20 years if I possibly can. I am getting GREAT gas mileage (up to 38 mpg, typically around 36 mpg on backroads and two-lane highways) and I love its handling. Wonderful interior room. Easy in-and-out for my 90 year old mom. An extra two inches of ground clearance for rural Colorado roads. I NEVER thought I'd buy an SUV (those ugly, giant gas guzzlers) but so far so good with this Forester.
#232 of 260 Re: Saw my first "in-person" 2014 Forester Today [fandango]
Oct 17, 2013 (11:00 am)
I agree that the current generation is better in most respects, including handling (a definite plus in my book), which is why it is so frustrating to me that they felt so compelled to give it a heavy dose of the ugly treatment.