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Family Travel in the 2014 Subaru Forester

With a new little one on the way, the future of our family is a little bit up in the air. As much as we love and enjoy our city life, adding another child to the mix makes city living a lot more difficult.

We are starting to talk about the options for our family and moving to the suburbs if definitely one of them. Moving to the suburbs brings a lot of changes. One would be moving to a house and the other would be buying a car. I definitely miss having a car in the city and I never knew how much of a luxury having a car was until I was without one.

With a family as big as ours will soon be, a SUV is a must. Last week we had the chance to test out the all new 2014 Subaru Forester while we took our summer trip out to the Hamptons. After not having a car for three years, you definitely notice all of the great amenities and features that a car has.

The Forester was such a great family vehicle and one that didn’t take us long to fall in love with. Check out some of the reasons why the Forester is a great car for the entire family!

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    Click through for some of my favorite features for families on the new 2014 Subaru Forester. 

  • Gorgeous Exterior 2 of 11
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    When the car pulled up to our apartment, I fell in love with the look of the car. It was sleek, compact, yet still had the look of a full size SUV. 

  • Touch Screen Audio and Navigation System 3 of 11
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    I'll be the first to admit that outside of Manhattan, I have no clue how to get anywhere. That is why I absolutely loved the touch screen navigation system. It was easy to understand and let me plug in the address to our vacation house and it told me exactly how to get there. It even took into account traffic around the area, so it changed our route to stay clear of any traffic. The audio system is also touch screen and let us easily find our favorite radio stations while showing us exactly which song was playing at the time. 

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    By far, the most amazing feature on the Forester was the Eyesight Driver Assist. There were two cameras mounted next to the rearview mirror that monitored traffic. This allowed for the car to react to driving situations before I even had the chance to. An alert will be sounded along with a visual warning when it senses danger of a collision. It even will apply the brakes automatically if you don't. It can also optimize cruise control and warn when the driver is swaying outside their lane. This is a great safety feature for our family and one that definitely made us feel safer while driving the Forester. 

  • Lots of Space in the Back Seat 5 of 11
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    I was very impressed with all of the space that the back seat offered. The girls sat comfortably in their car seats and still had room for all of the stuff that they accumulate along the vacation. 

  • Metrics Panel 6 of 11
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    This was one of my husband's favorite features on the car. This little LCD screen told us the metrics of what what going on with the car while we were driving. We were so impressed with the amazing gas mileage on the Forester (up 32 highway/24 city MPG.) We only had to fill up the car once during our entire week vacation, including our two hour drive to and from the city.  

     

  • Leather Seats 7 of 11
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    Not only did the back seat have a lot of space for the girls to sit comfortably, but the entire car had gorgeous leather seats. As a family with two little ones, leather is absolutely necessary. Long car rides include snacks and drinks which can easily be spilled by my girls. I could easily wipe it up with a wet cloth and you would never know that anything spilled! Leather seats are a must for us! 

  • The Girls Loved it 8 of 11
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    It's a major plus when the girls enjoy the car. Avery doesn't have much experience riding in cars, and when she does, she usually lets us know just how miserable she is. We were very surprised to see that Avery was pleasant throughout our entire road trip. It made for a great and relaxing drive. 

  • Large Trunk Space 9 of 11
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    The rear door of the Forester goes up and down with just the press of a button. This was ideal for me because most of the time that I went to the car I had Avery in one hand and my bags in the other. It would have been nearly impossible for me to open the back door without having to put something on the ground. I was also incredibly impressed with the trunk space. You know just how much stuff babies require on vacations. We were able to get everything in the back nicely and still with room for us to see out of the back window. 

  • Rear Vision Camera 10 of 11
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    As someone who has to parallel park every time I park the car in the city, this rear view vision camera was a life-saver. It even helped by providing a scale to show me just how far the parked car was behind me. It's also a great feature for families to make sure that there are no small kids hiding behind the car when you can't see them from the mirrors or windows. It's a great safety feature that I love seeing in a car.  

  • Huge Sunroof 11 of 11
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    Having a sunroof in the car is a luxury, and it was a luxury that we took full advantage of while we were on our trip. The sunroof on the Forester is bigger than any other that I have seen on a car. It extends all the way into the back seat of the car. This was a great amenity for the girls because they had a chance to see outside just by looking up. If they got fussy at all while in the car all we had to do was open up the sunroof and they calmed down. It was especially magical to see the lights at night in the city. 

To learn more about the all new 2014 Subaru Forester, visit their website.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given the Subaru Forester for a week for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

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