Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:11am

Truck Trend: 2014 Subaru Forester Manual AWD PZEV First Test

In the five minutes it took to complete a quick 2-mile jaunt on the main boulevard in Big Bear Lake, California, I counted four last-gen Subaru Foresters. That shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, considering the crossover is the automaker’s second-best selling model after the Outback (76347 Foresters were sold in 2012), but for some reason, I was amazed at how many I saw in such a short amount of time. It’s safe to say people enjoy their Subies, and the good news is there’s even more to love for the 2014 model year, as the Forester has gotten an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and CVT. For those who don’t care for CVTs and refuse to convert, there’s even better news: The Japanese automaker has also replaced the five-speed manual with a new six-speed, and it’s pretty darn good.