The Subaru Forester is one of the most popular compact SUVs in Kenya. Known for its practicality, reliability, and off-road capabilities; the 2014 model year represents the fourth generation of the Forester, which was first introduced in 1997. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the improvements made over previous models, the design and technology features, dimensions, powertrains, drivetrains, transmission and consumption, performance and safety.

Improvements over previous models:
Compared to the previous generation, the 2014 Forester offers more interior space, improved fuel efficiency, and a smoother ride. The exterior design has also been updated with a more modern and sleek appearance, while still retaining the rugged look that the Forester is known for. The new model also offers more advanced safety features and improved handling.

Design and Technology:
The 2014 Forester features a spacious and comfortable interior with high-quality materials and a user-friendly dashboard. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. Higher trim levels offer additional features such as a larger touchscreen, a premium sound system, and a power liftgate.

The 2014 Forester has a length of 181.3 inches, a width of 70.7 inches, and a height of 68.2 inches. It has a wheelbase of 103.9 inches and offers 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which expands to 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Powertrains and Drivetrains:
The 2014 Forester is available with two engine options. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque is available on higher trim levels. All Foresters come standard with all-wheel drive.

Transmission and Consumption:
The base engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The turbocharged engine is only available with a CVT. The EPA rates the base Forester with the CVT at 28 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway), while the turbocharged engine is rated at 25 mpg combined (23 city/28 highway).

The Forester offers a comfortable and smooth ride, with good handling and responsive steering. The base engine provides adequate power for daily driving, while the turbocharged engine offers impressive acceleration and passing power. The Forester’s all-wheel-drive system provides excellent traction in all weather conditions, and the vehicle has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, making it capable of light off-roading.

The 2014 Forester received high marks in safety tests, earning a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Standard safety features include a rearview camera, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and a full complement of airbags. Higher trim levels offer additional safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

Overall, the 2014 Subaru Forester is a well-rounded and practical SUV that offers a spacious and comfortable interior, a smooth and responsive ride, and advanced safety features. Its all-wheel-drive system and high ground clearance make it a capable vehicle for light off-roading, while its fuel efficiency and reliability make it an excellent choice for daily driving.

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