I just saw this the other day. It looks like a conservative redo but I don't it was bad to begin with. The 2.5 hopefully with DI will be the standard US offering, the big question is- Will NA get the turbo. Possibly not due to the MPG government standards in 2016?Some shots of the new forester design... food for thought
This is the New 2014 Subaru Forester Compact SUV! - Carscoop
This is why I went with the Outback. It's a relaxing drive for the most part, and is fairly affordable. Makes for a good road trip, camping, astronomy car. And down the road, a family car as well.The OB feels more refined. It's quiet, roomy, has tons of leg room back and front and I find that it lulls me into driving more relaxed. Not at all aggressively. The interior surfaces are soft and with a leather interior the cabin feels like an upscaled sedan. Dare I say, almost Lexus like, IMO. You do feel the weight of the OB and the size feels substantial (like there's a whole lot of vehicle behind you). We have the 2.5i, so it's no speed demon, but we are satisfied with the performance.
That sums it up quite well. I'd like to hear more about your astronomy aspect. Sounds interesting.This is why I went with the Outback. It's a relaxing drive for the most part, and is fairly affordable. Makes for a good road trip, camping, astronomy car. And down the road, a family car as well.
remember not all customers can afford the 3K price diff....also, there are people like the shorter wheel base(city folks for tight parking, the OB is a whale in tight city road parking), rear view visibility, some people like sitting tall(suv stance) and (mild) off road guys like Forester for the approach/departure angles.This. I can't believe they even sell any Foresters given the marginal price difference between them and the OB. The Foresters I drove felt cheaper than my old Saturn VUE. If you've ever driven a VUE, you know how bad that makes the Forester. Ever since they got rid of the MT in the FXT, I struggle to find a single reason anyone would buy a Forester.
totally agree with you on the Forester vs ob. I test drove the OB (h4 and H6) and Forester (X and XT) on the same day. started with the XT first. like it a lot but telling myself "I think I can over look the cons your mentioned above". then, the Forester, X...didn't even make it out of the dealer parking lot...return it for the OB 4CYL...The Forester OTOH, now feels almost like an economy car in some ways by comparrison. We have the leather interior with Nav etc. and it's a very nice car. The leather and hard surface interior parts aren't as soft and refined as in the OB. The ride is no where near as quiet as the OB, and you feel the bumps in the road. You don't have the sense of driving a boulevard cruiser with a Forester. I like the short front and rear overhangs. Parking is a breeze. Compared to the OB the Forester is quite nimble. We have the turbo model (XT) and for a CUV it is quite fast off the line. We drove the OB 3.6 and I think the Forester XT is quicker (not always a good thing). The forester also has better outward visibility all around. The huge moonroof opens the interior up even more. I find the Forester to be a fun little car and I like the looks.