2013 and earlier Foresters had a "manual mode" option where you can toggle the shift up and down through the gears (as on those years' Outback, and the 2014 turbo Foresters, using steering wheel paddles).
But the 2014 non-turbo Foresters don't seem to allow that. On the car I can only see an "L" on the shifter (not the old + and -), and I'd like to know that L that represents.
Sorry that the thumbnail I've attached is too small to see it clearly. But it would show the rearmost indent of the shift shows "L - D" meaning that if you pull the shift to the left, from "D", you're in "L".
I've heard that it's a single gear ratio (I know it's a CVT, but I mean by "single gear" that would keep the transmission ratio constant in some low ratio) suitable only for rough off-roads at under 25 mph. I hope that rumor is wrong, because I'm thinking of buying one (a non-turbo, to be able to use regular gas) but would still like to be able to control my gears when driving fast ("enthusiastically") up and down mountain roads. So can anyone confirm or deny, or explain, what that "L" mode is really all about?