The Good Subaru's new EyeSight system gives the 2014 Forester adaptive cruise control and collision prevention. Aha brings online streaming audio and some social-media functions. All-wheel drive comes standard.
The Bad The Forester's Aha integration does not include free-form search for local businesses, and the system acts buggy with an iPhone. The navigation touch screen is on the small side.
The Bottom Line The 2014 Subaru Forester makes some interesting stabs at advanced technology, but its true value still lies in its all-wheel-drive system, fuel economy, and practical interior space.
The wagon with 20/20 vision
Usually, I prefer a fast car on a twisty road, but the 2014 Subaru Forester changed me. When I took the wheel, its sheer sensibleness infused me with a Zen-like patience for other cars traveling at tourist mph, and those drivers who take a second to realize that the light just changed to green.
The Forester's practical interior space, economical 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and all-wheel drive turned all of my aggressive driving behavior to jelly. I suddenly had visions of living in a suburban house, with the Forester parked next to a Prius in the driveway.
Sensible. Practical. As much as I need, and no more. That is the 2014 Forester.
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