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2014 Subaru Forester Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Subaru Forester was new.


Interior: 7.4

Test drivers say that the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester offers a roomy interior that’s built with quality materials. While some like the redesigned cabin, others counter that its functional design may not appeal to shoppers who are in the market for a car-like crossover.

  • "Inside, it's … positively spacious, with lots of upscale touches such as stitched leather and keyless entry and ignition." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Interior design hews more toward sturdy than stylish – all right for a serious sport-ute – but the Forester is a crossover that may draw consideration from shoppers who'll look at it as being something closer to a car." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior bucks the predominant trend of materials that look premium but feel cheap, with surfaces that are soft to the touch, but blandly styled." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Inside, the openness of the cockpit is welcome, the seats and driving position supportive, and the quality of material and design above par." -- MSN 


The Forester seats five in two rows and test drivers say that passenger space is exceptional, even in the back seat. Additionally, more than one auto writer says that the Forester offers excellent outward visibility from the driver’s seat. Cloth upholstery and a manually-adjustable driver’s seat come standard on the base Forester. A power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, reclining rear seats and heated front seats are available on higher trims.

  • "Another interior perk is how bright the cabin is. Large windows provide the open and airy feel as well as good visibility all the way around the car." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The new Forester's lengthened wheelbase most benefits rear-seat passengers in the form of added legroom, which is ample under most circumstances. Even with the front seats all the way back, moderately tall adults will find just enough room to ride comfortably." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "What may be more important for most people is that the 2014 Forester's all-new platform adds a massive 3.7 inches of rear legroom. Also helping is the stadium-type placement of the rear seats, which should allow most passengers a better view out the front, given the sight lines above the front seatbacks." -- Edmunds 
  • "… Senior Editor Jennifer Newman found the visibility the biggest plus of the Forester along with the roomier backseat that turned out to be quite good for child-safety seats." -- Cars.com 

Interior Features

The 2014 Subaru Forester comes with standard features that include a four-speaker stereo that features USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Options and features available on higher trims include a backup camera, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, push-button start with keyless access, single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio and an upgraded stereo with HD Radio. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system is also available, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning systems.

Reviewers are generally pleased with the Forester’s straightforward, functional dash, noting its clear gauges and user-friendly controls. However, more than one test driver says that the Forester’s navigation system could be easier to use. A few critics note that the system has a small screen, while another reviewer writes that the screen can be difficult to read in direct sunlight.

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  • "The technologies housed in the center stack included two small screens. One was used for the navigation and satellite radio and the other charted out your fuel economy and provided average fuel consumption. The screens provided were pretty small and looked outdated to me, but everything worked and the navi/radio portion worked with knobs or as a touchscreen that was effective." -- AutoWeek 
  • "A new high-end Harman/Kardon surround-sound entertainment system is both iPhone- and Android-friendly and has voice recognition. However, its unshrouded touch screen is the same small, six-inch (measured diagonally) unit found in the new BRZ, which forces users to deal with aspirin-tablet-sized Chiclets, multistep station tuning, and screen washouts in bright sunlight." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Clear, legible gauges and simple-to-use controls continue to be found in the Forester. In base models, audio and climate systems reside in the center dashboard stack within easy reach for driver and passenger." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "… there is still no denying how much the entire staff loathes Subaru's navigation system - which we've documented in our long-term BRZ coupe." -- Cars.com    


The Subaru Forester has 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats down, which is an exceptional amount of space for the class. Test drivers like the Forester’s large cargo hold, and one critic also notes that a large glove box and door pockets offer plenty of storage space for small items. Additionally, higher trim levels include a power liftgate that can be raised and lowered (and stopped at any point in between) by using the key fob.

  • "Another handy shopping gadget is a power liftgate with memory function that can be opened, closed, and stopped at any point with the keyless remote." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Interior storage is good, with useful door pockets and a generous glove box." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Dropping the rear seats creates a vast hold that can handle anything from a full day of warehouse shopping to the bikes, tents and kayaks that the Forester's traditionally outdoor-oriented clientele like to bring along." -- Edmunds 
  • "As for cargo, the Forester sports a cavernous max cargo capacity of 74.7 cubic inches, up 9 percent from the previous model's 68.3 cubic inches. It's a capable gear transporter." -- MSN

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