First Drive - 2014 Subaru Forester
What happens when a car company takes the time to carefully nurture a customer base through a continual process of refining existing models rather than introducing a rotating cast of nameplates on a regular basis in an effort to see what will stick with shoppers? You end up with vehicles like the 2014 Subaru Forester. The all-new Subaru Forester is a compact sport-utility vehicle that has been methodically crafted to not only please some of the most loyal return buyers in the industry, but also incorporate enough new technology and capability to tempt owners of other SUVs to trade in their current rides for a sample of what the Japanese brand has to offer.
I recently found myself in Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada in order to put the 2014 Subaru Forester through its paces along the wet logging roads and through the curving mountain passes that denote this particular part of Vancouver Island. The experience left me impressed with the evolution of this tall wagon from its inception in the 1990s as a practical curiosity to its current status as perhaps the best all-around SUV to have ever worn the Subaru badge.