Subaru Forester is ‘2014 SUV of the Year’
Best selling model for Subaru
The Forester compact SUV is the best selling model for Subaru and has now won the ‘2014 Sport/Utility of the Year’ award from the USA’s Motor Trend magazine. This latest accolade makes Subaru the first and only brand to have won three Sport/Utility of the Year awards from Motor Trend, the Subaru Outback was the winner in 2010 and in 2009 the previous generation Forester picked up the award.
The new Subaru Forester went on sale earlier this year. This fourth generation Forester features a host of improvements and new technologies and is a clear competitor to the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Freelander. It boasts improved performance, safety and efficiency and a more spacious and better appointed interior. Prices for the new Forester start from £24,995 for the 2.0D X, rising to £30,995 for the range topping 2.0i XT. Sales of the new model have been strong since its launch in May this year, high in demand is the XT Turbo model which is equipped with a 240ps 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine delivering smooth and strong pulling power both on and off-road.
The Subaru Forester beat twenty-one other SUVs to take first place during Motor Trend’s exhaustive testing process, with models graded according to six criteria; Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Intended Function, Efficiency, Safety and Value. The new Forester scored highly in all categories. Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh said “smart design, thoughtful engineering, and a compelling performance on-road and off were the keys to the Forester’s win. Our editors were particularly impressed by the powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, the intelligent and sporty CVT transmission, and the excellent visibility and interior package. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun-to-drive, the Forester truly ticked every box.”
This latest updated version is most certainly more cost efficient and user friendly. If you are looking for a vehicle that drives like an estate car but with the off-road capability of a full-size 4x4 then the Forester could be just what you are looking for. There is also Subaru‘s new three year After Car Package called ‘Everything Taken Care of’ included in the price of every new Subaru. This new package is the most comprehensive and targeted three year aftercare package currently on offer to motorists in the UK and the potential benefits are worth over £7000.