Subaru says the all-wheel drive 2014 Forester will be priced below its two-wheel drive competition, and it will bring the marque’s Subaru Eyesight driver assistance program and STARLINK cabin tech along for the ride.
According to a press release from Subaru, the Forester will be available with a veritable boatload of tech features, including hill descent control on CVT models, rearview camera, color multi-function display, navigation system with smartphone integration, and a 440-watt harmon/kardon sound system.
Subaru Eyesight debuted on the 2013 Legacy and Outback models and features several systems that work together to make the car safer, including adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning. The system processes stereo images of the vehicle’s surroundings, including cars and other objects ahead. Below 19 mph, the car is able to recognize pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes in the event a pedestrian is about to be pancaked by the Forester. Adaptive cruise control, meanwhile, can be used up to 87 mph and as slow as 1 mph– perhaps for parade duty?
The Forester will be the first model to get Subaru’s STARLINK system. Revealed for the first time at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Subaru says the system represents the automaker’s new infotainment strategy, featuring internet radio, podcast, and digital music content streaming abilities as well as hotel and restaurant recommendations, Facebook connectivity, and more. Though still a young system, Subaru promises the services and connectivity offered by STARLINK will continue to grow in the future.
More information about both STARLINK and Subaru Eyesight are available here.
Subaru says the 2014 Forester will start at $21,995 for a base 2.5i with a six-speed manual transmission. A fully loaded Forester with the Eyesight system (which comes bundled with keyless entry/ignition and HID headlights) will set you back roughly $35,500.