Automotive Fleet

FEB 2014

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COMPLETELY REDESIGNED 2014-MY AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I FEBRUARY 2014 56 Featuring an all-new 2.5L engine, numerous additional standard safety features, and an all-new platform, the all-wheel drive Subaru Forester has received several automotive industry accolades. BY LAUREN FLETCHER T he 2014-MY Subaru Forester is the fourth generation of the f ve- passenger crossover SUV. T e automaker has totally redesigned the Forester for the 2014 model-year, and of ers an all-new, 2.5L, four-cylinder naturally aspirated BOXER engine (badged 2.5i), which achieves 170 hp. An additional 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine, which produces 250 hp, is available. Additionally, the Forester comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel drive. T is model is currently being utilized by f eets in the pharmaceutical, insurance, medical equipment, food service, and tele- vision news industries. "Feedback from drivers continues to be very positive. I drove my department's For- ester from Birmingham, Ala., to Greens- boro, N.C. It was a smooth ride, achieving 32 mpg. And, so far, no recalls or quality complaints! Please, thank your engineers," noted a f eet manager who wished to re- main anonymous. Redesigned from the Inside, Out For 2014, the 2.5i model is available in Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring versions, and of ers the choice between a new, 6-speed manual transmission and the Subaru Lineartronic continuously variable (CVT) transmission. T e turbocharged 2.0XT is of ered in Pre- mium and Touring trims. A high torque ver- sion of the CVT is standard in the 2.0XT, featuring 6- and 8-speed manual shif mod- els with steering wheel paddle switches. For 2014, the Subaru Forester is built on a new platform, which features a 0.9-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.9 inches). Ve- hicle length has been increased by only 1.4 inches and width by 0.6 inches. T e interior features extended rear seat legroom (41.7 inches), and maximum rear cargo area room is 74.7 cu. f . (with the 60/40 seats lowered). T e new model also has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and has reduced side sills 2 inches lower for easi- er ingress and egress. Finally, the 2014-MY Forester achieves up to 32 mpg highway for the 2.5i with CVT, according to the manufacturer. Enhancing Safety & Technology New safety features for all 2014 Forester models include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver's knee air bag, brake override and an impact-sensing fuel system cutof . All 2014 Forester models feature the new electron- ic power assisted steering system, which helps contribute to increased fuel econo- my, according to Subaru. In addition to standard all-wheel drive, high-line 2014-MY Forester models equipped with the CVT also feature new X-Mode con- trol for the symmetrical all-wheel drive and hill descent control to provide extra con- trol in certain driving conditions. T e Subaru Forester has achieved numer- ous awards, including the 2014 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year, a IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick+ Rating, and was named the top scoring SUV by Consumer Reports for 2013. T e 2014-MY Forester remains a popu- lar and high-selling model, despite an ear- lier than normal order cutof date that oc- curred, according to the automaker. T e upside will be spring order acceptance of the 2015-MY Forester, which features in- creased availability of a back-up camera and the EyeSight driver assistance option. T e mid-size Subaru Legacy sedan and Out- back CUV are currently available as com- pliments to the Forester. AF SUBARU FORESTER PHOTOS: SUBARU A F 0 2 1 4 s u b a r u . i n d d 5 6 AF0214subaru.indd 56 1 / 2 3 / 1 4 9 : 4 5 A M 1/23/14 9:45 AM

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