10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs - Subaru Crosstrek And Forester Rank The Best
With gas prices going up and averaging well over $3.00 per gallon and more than $4.00 in some states, car shoppers are looking for a fuel-efficient SUV. Consumer Reports recently ranked small SUVs and found the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Subaru Forester rank number one and two best non-hybrid models.
If having an all-wheel-drive vehicle is essential, the Subaru Forester and Crosstrek come standard with a Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
Having an SUV with all-wheel-drive usually means you sacrifice fuel economy, but it’s not valid with the Forester and Crosstrek. Subaru uses direct injection on its four-cylinder Boxer engines for efficiency. The automaker also uses a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT), contributing to improved fuel mileage.
Consumer Reports recently ranked small SUVs and found the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V LX tie for the best fuel efficiency.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V LX get 29 combined mpg and 20/39 city/highway mpg in CR testing. But the HR-V LX tested is front-wheel-drive, not all-wheel-drive. Consumer Reports tested the Subaru Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter engine, and it comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine comes with 30 more horsepower and gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2021 Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg.
The 2022 Subaru Forester, also with standard all-wheel-drive, is the number two small SUV in fuel mileage with 28 combined mpg and 20/38 city/highway mpg. The Honda CR-V EX is number three with 28/20/37.
They are followed by the Mazda CX-3 (28/20/36), Kia Seltos S (28/20/35), Toyota RAV4 XLE (27/19/38), Mazda CX-30 Preferred (27/18/37), Mercedes-Benz GLA (27/17/40), and Nissan Rogue Sport SV (26/19/34).
What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?
For the 2022 model change Forester comes in six trim levels; The base Forester starts at $26,320, Premium ($29,320), Sport ($30,890), Limited ($33,000), new Wilderness ($33,945), and Touring ($36,420). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,125).
What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?
The 2021 Crosstrek subcompact SUV comes in five trim levels. The base trim is priced from $23,295, Premium ($24,345), all-new Sport ($27,545), Limited ($29,045). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,050).
If you are shopping for a fuel-efficient compact SUV, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Subaru Forester are the best non-hybrid models in fuel efficiency. They also come standard with all-wheel-drive for all-weather and off-pavement control. The 2022 Subaru Forester arrives in U.S. showrooms in October.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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