Traded my 2012 WRX hatch in for this and am really happy with my decision. It has definitely gone above and beyond my expectations as far as looks in person, performance (both on and off pavement), the cvt transmission, and overall refinement. It's capabilities in the off pavement rough stuff and or snow have allowed me to get to some really amazing landscapes and primitive campsites, in comfort with relative ease and peace of mind. Really has been the perfect vehicle for my outdoor adventure based lifestyle and hasn't let me down yet. Check out the rest of the thread to see how my ride has progressed with more pics of it in action and the places it's taken us. Here are just some of my favorite shots and a video edit of it in our elements, followed by a mod list:
I am not a fan of the new rims, myself. I think the stock ones looked a lot better, but to each their own :) I like the XT in white, I just wish the front end was the same as the N/A's.
Yeah I hear you. I actually really like the stock wheels too. As a machinist I can definitely appreciate the more complex machined design and the two tone color on them is pretty cool. I'm actually going to use them for my winter tires.
I really like the XT front end over the N/A's myself though. I think it just adds a much more aggressive and sporty look to the car that isn't too over the top and still fits in with the overall design and the rest of the body lines.
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For my eyes, the car looks more 'rounded' than in many of the other photos I have seen on the web. I wonder if its something to do with the colour white? I guess its just an optical illusion (or my eyes).
Interesting about the wheels. I seem to remember that the stock wheels size is 18x7 with +48 offset. Do I correctly understand then that because 18x8 is wider the offset has to be less to draw the wheel back towards the car so that the outside of the tyre doesn't rub against the wheel arch?
Nice pick I test drove the 2014 xt touring and it really is a nice car and the interior is much nicer. I have to ask what is the screen inside that shows the suspension and wheels? I think the car has really nice handling and actually handles better then any other forester in stock trim imo and also has nice bottom end torque. The only thing I don't like is the cvt as a matter of fact if it came in a manual or a 5eat I would pick one up tomorrow.