For the adventurous mother who is looking for a good, in-between option when it comes to the ultimate family car, we’ve got good news for you. If you’re looking to escape the model mini-van stereotype but are still looking for a vehicle that will give allow you to transport your canoe, bikes, and ski-slopes while still managing to take the neighborhood kids to school on your car pool days, then the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester is for you (and for us, too!).
I recently had the chance to test drive the vehicle during my stay at the Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona, and let me tell you, not only was I impressed with the interior room (which easily can fit both you, your partner, your two kids and your mother-in-law when necessary), but it was also stylish, sleek and most importantly, safe. While test driving through the Tucson Mountains and its surrounding valleys, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the car’s ability to maneuver through some of the most difficult terrains. And if a car can do that and avoid hiccups at the same time, then it can definitely manage I-95 traffic at its worst when you need to pick up your kids from school and take them to their tennis and soccer practices.
As with all previous Forester models, the 2014 version comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a distinction from competitive models that come with front-wheel drive as standard and offer all-wheel drive as an extra-cost option. The 2014 Forester will lead the segment in all-wheel drive fuel economy, with the 2.5i model achieving manufacturer’s fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined. Those figures also compare well with competitors that feature front-wheel drive.
And while Subaru tends to market their models to the more active demographic out there, it has kept the busy parent in mind, too. With the new Forester, our children can reach their sippy cups with ease as they’ve designed their cup holders to be at arm’s reach for a toddler and the newly designed back trunk gives us more space to put our double strollers inside with ease along with our yoga mats and our kids’ hockey gear if needed.
Efficient, reliable, durable AND sexy… I mean, is there anything else a modern mom would need in a new car? And the fact that it kills the entire soccer mom mini-van stereo-type is what we love the most, too. Check out our photos of the 2014 Subaru Forester along with some of our favorite snapshots of the Miraval Spa and do us a favor and check out the all new Forester at your local Subaru dealership, too. Trust me, you won’t regret it! Also, thanks Subaru for the fun times and great memories at Miraval Spa and Resort.
Photos by Subaru