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10 Most Fuel-Stingy SUVs - Subaru Crosstrek And Forester Score Best Non-Hybrids

Are the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Crosstrek fuel-efficient vehicles? A report by Consumer Reports says they are best among non-hybrids.


With all the compact SUVs available, which ones are the most fuel-efficient? Consumer Reports says two Subaru models, the 2021 Forester and the 2021 Crosstrek, are the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid models under $30,000. The Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid was in the top 10 best hybrid models.

Consumer Reports (by subscription) compiled its list of the best and worst small SUVs in fuel-economy. CR says the 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the best in the compact SUV category, and the Crosstrek scores second-highest among all non-hybrids. The Honda HR-V LX scored better, but it does not come with an all-wheel-drive.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
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The top eight Consumer Reports' most fuel-efficient compact hybrid SUVs are the Tesla Model Y (EV), Lexus UX250 Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE, Honda CR-V Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and Lexus NX Hybrid.

The best non-hybrid small SUVs are the Honda HR-V LX (non-all-wheel-drive), Subaru Crosstrek Premium, Subaru Forester Premium, Honda CR-V EX, Mazda CX-3 Touring, Kia Seltos, Toyota RAV4 XLE, and Mazda CX-30 Preferred trim.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

How fuel-efficient are the Crosstrek and Forester?

In Consumer Reports testing, the Subaru Crosstrek non-hybrid model returned 29 mpg overall and said it "delivers impressive ride comfort and competent and enjoyable handling."

The Crosstrek's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 28/33 city/highway and 30 combined mpg. The new 2021 Crosstrek with the 2.5-liter engine gets an estimated 27/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

In Consumer Reports testing, the Subaru Forester with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder CVT returned 28 mpg overall in their tests, "among the best in class." The EPA estimates for the 2021 Subaru Forester are 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.

According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru models should be on your shopping list. The 2021 Crosstrek subcompact SUV and 2021 Forester compact SUV score high in four other areas; reliability, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction.

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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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