New cars shoppers who are shorter may have difficulty finding a car or especially an SUV that fits them best. Consumer Reports (by subscription) tests all vehicles to see which models are best for shorter and taller drivers. According to an updated study for 2022, two Subaru SUVs and one of its cars are the best for shorter drivers.
The 2022 Subaru Forester is a rare SUV that fits shorter and taller drivers. CR says the Forester is the top model in the Compact SUV category for short and tall drivers. The 2022 Subaru Legacy is a rare sedan that fits shorter and taller drivers. The Legacy wins the best Midsize Car for shorter drivers and also takes the crown and is best for taller drivers.
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The 2022 Subaru Outback is the third vehicle in Subaru's stable of all-wheel-drive cars that are best for shorter drivers in the Midsize 2-Row SUV category. The Outback is a unique model that drives like a car but has the utility of an SUV. Like the Forester, it comes with 8.7-inches of ride height, making it easier for smaller drivers to see the road ahead.
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CR's updated list for 2022 models includes the Kia Soul in the Compact Car category among mainstream brands. The Subaru Legacy wins the best Midsize Car, Toyota Avalon - Large Car, Subaru Forester - Compact SUV, Subaru Outback - Midsize 2-Row SUV, Hyundai Palisade - Midsized 3-Row SUV, and Ford Expedition - Large SUV.
The 2022 Subaru Forester also scores one of Consumer Reports' top-ten new cars of 2022. You can check out the complete report here.
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 2022 Outback?
The 2022 Subaru Outback comes in eight trim levels; the base trim is priced from $27,845, Premium ($30,270), Limited ($34,720), Touring ($38,620), Onyx Edition XT ($36,270), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,120), Limited XT ($39,120), and Touring XT ($41,070). Pricing includes $1,125 destination and delivery fees.
The 2022 Subaru Legacy sedan comes standard with all-wheel-drive, making it an excellent all-weather vehicle. The Legacy score one of the ten-best all-wheel-drive cars under $30,000. You can check out the complete report here.
What is the price of the 2022 Legacy?
The 2022 Legacy sedan comes in six trim levels. The 2022 midsize sedan starts at $23,955 for the base trim, Premium ($26,205), Sport ($29,750), Limited ($30,905), Limited XT ($35,455), and Touring XT ($37,155). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($960).
One overlooked aspect of new cars and SUVs is the vehicle's outward visibility. Many new models make it hard for shorter drivers to see out of easily. You can check out the cars and SUVs with the best and worst visibility in the report below.
Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, and 2022 Subaru Legacy midsize car are still among the best models for shorter drivers.
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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