Subaru Forester Scores Second Motor Trend Sport/Utility Of The Year® Win

   Subaru Forester Scores Second Motor Trend Sport/Utility Of The Year® Win

- Subaru is first (and only) manufacturer to win SUOTY three times

- Most wins in Sport/Utility category

- Only automaker with back-to-back wins in category

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CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 10, 2013

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Motor Trend announced today
that the Subaru Forester won Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 2014.


Subaru is the only manufacturer to win this title three times, the most wins
in the Sport/Utility category. In the past six years of competition, Subaru
has had three winners – the 2014 Forester, 2010 Outback, and the 2009
Forester. The 2013 XV Crosstrek also ranked as a finalist in 2012.

MOTOR TREND editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, "The 2014 Subaru Forester beat a
highly competitive field of SUVs because it best met our award's six key
criteria. Smart design, thoughtful engineering, and a compelling performance
on road and off were the keys to the Forester's win. Our editors were
particularly impressed by the powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, the
intelligent and sporty CVT transmission, and the excellent visibility and
interior package found within the Forester. Practical, affordable, efficient
and fun-to-drive - Forester truly ticked every box."

In addition to the Subaru Forester, the 2014 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the
Year competition included twelve other all-new or significantly updated SUVs:

Acura MDX              Audi Q5
BMW X1                 Kia Sorento
Buick Encore           Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Dodge Durango          Mini Paceman S ALL4
Hyundai Santa Fe       Mitsubishi Outlander
Jeep Grand Cherokee    Toyota RAV4

"We are honored to receive the MOTOR TREND Sport/Utility of the Year award for
the third time," said Thomas J. Doll, president, and chief operating officer,
Subaru of America, Inc. "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

MOTOR TREND's Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only
open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in
the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year.

To judge contenders for the award,MOTOR TREND's editorial staff conducted an
exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one includes a full tech check
and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for
acceleration, braking, and handling. Phase two involves three days of road
loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate
ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind
and road noise, and ergonomics. A dirt-track section tests traction,
stability, and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate
and deliberate. The judging criteria include the following categories:

Design Advancement- well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative
vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.

Engineering Excellence- total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions
to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that
benefits the consumer.

Performance of Intended Function- how well the vehicle does the job its
planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.

Efficiency- low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the
vehicle's competitive set.

Safety- a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the
secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.

Value- competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of
vehicles in the same market segment.

Priced from $21,995, the Forester is offered with a new 250-horsepower
2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine or a 170-horsepower
2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder BOXER engine. A Lineartronic® CVT
(continuously variable transmission) is standard in the 2.0XT models and
available for the 2.5-liter models, which features a standard 6-speed manual
transmission. The Forester jumps to the head of its segment in all-wheel drive
fuel economy, with the 2.5i model achieving EPA estimates of 24 mpg city/32
mpg highway/ 27 mpg combined (with CVT).

The 2014 Forester has received a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Forester is the first
vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test
conducted by the IIHS. The Forester is the only one of 13 small SUVs to earn
an overall rating of good in the test.

The recognition from MOTOR TREND validates the sales success of the 2014
Forester, which is up 46% year-to-date over 2012. Forester's strong sales
performance mirrors the growth of the Subaru brand overall, which is on track
to achieve its fifth-consecutive year of sales increases and top 400,000
vehicle sales in the US market in 2013.

For more information about the award, judging process, and the contenders
check out the December issue of Motor Trend or visit

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more
than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are
manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana
Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated
a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For
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