With back to back wins, the Subaru Forester has earned the award of Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year. As the only manufacturer to win in this category three times in the last six years, Subaru has raised the bar for its competitors.
Competing against the Forester were twelve new or updated 2014 model year vehicles, including the Acura MDX, Audi Q5, BMW X1, Buick Encore, Dodge Durango, Huyndai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mini Paceman S ALL4, Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Toyota Rav4.
Thomas J. Doll, president, and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., said, “We are honored to receive the Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year award for the third time. Our product, engineering, sales and marketing teams all work hard to provide the best products and experiences we can for our owners. Receiving this distinction from Motor Trend truly adds credence to our mission.”
Judging criteria is based off of six categories, including design advancement, engineering excellence, performance of intended function, efficiency, safety, and value. A full technical check and weigh in, followed by track testing for acceleration, braking, and handling marks the first round of testing. The second half of the testing involves three days of drive loops with different traffic situations and road surfaces to judge the ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness, responsiveness, wind and road noise, as well as ergonomics.
When we drove the new Subaru Forester during a recent comparison test, we found it to be “functional, refined, fun, and frugal at the gas pump.” It’s big enough to replace any midsize sedan and has a smooth ride not seen in some of the other vehicles we tested, making it number one. In our First Drive, we thought the Forester had a foot in every subjective and measurably objective category in the segment, while maintaining a competitive price with great value.
Source: Motor Trend