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2023 Subaru Outback, Crosstrek Take Top Spots In M/T Ultimate Car Ranking

The Subaru brand has received plenty of recognition this year, and they get more. The 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Crosstrek are still best in class, according to Motor Trend. Check out six recent Subaru segment awards from Motor Trend.


Which Subaru all-wheel-drive vehicles are the best? Motor Trend's Ultimate Car Ranking for the second half of 2022 says the newly-updated 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Crosstrek score best in class awards.

The 2022 Subaru Forester and 2023 Subaru Ascent didn't get left out; they are top-ranked by M/T and score number two best-in-class, and the 2023 Subaru Impreza and 2023 Subaru Legacy score the third best-in-class.

2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback is the #1 top-ranked midsize SUV

The 2023 Subaru Outback scores number one in the Midsize SUV segment, with a Motor Trend score of 8.8/10. M/T says, "When is an SUV not an SUV? When it's the Subaru Outback. This vehicle resembles a high-riding station wagon, yet it has been a longtime favorite among crossover shoppers. The Outback has been on sale since the mid-1990s, and the current generation debuted in 2020. Subaru applies several updates for 2023 to keep the Outback a top competitor."

What is the price of the 2023 Outback?

The 2023 Outback gets a price increase and the trim levels are; the Base trim priced from $29,620 (+$800), Premium ($31,920 +$900), new Onyx Edition with a 2.5 liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520 +$1,050), Touring ($41,070 +$1,700), Outback Wilderness ($39,670 +$800), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820 +$2,800), Limited XT ($40,920 +$1,050), and Touring XT ($43,520 +$1,700). Pricing includes $1,225 destination and delivery fees.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek is the #1 top-ranked subcompact SUV

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek scores number one in the Subcompact SUV segment with an M/T score of 9.2/10. Motor Trend says the Crosstrek is "something of a reverse halo car for Subaru. This small crossover is the brand's entry-level SUV and has become an icon with its fun color options, rugged styling, and lifted ride height."

M/T says, "The news for the 2023 Crosstrek is a Special Edition trim. Based on the Premium trim, the Crosstrek Special Edition adds dark exterior accents, red interior accents, and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen."

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

What is the price of the 2023 Crosstrek?

All 2023 Subaru Crosstrek trim levels get a $600 price increase, including destination and delivery fees.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek now comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium, ($26,020), Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38.070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

2022 Forester is the #2 top-ranked compact SUV

The 2022 Forester SUV scores number two in the compact SUV segment with an M/T score of 8.8/10. M/T says, "Subaru has refreshed its compact SUV for the 2022 model year, giving it an updated exterior design and a new off-road-ready trim level, among other upgrades."

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

The 2022 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), new Wilderness ($34,695), and Touring ($37,170). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,175).

2022 Ascent is the #2 top-ranked 3-Row SUV

The 2023 Ascent SUV scores number two in the 3-Row SUV segment with a Motor Trend score of 8.8/10. M/T says, "Subaru debuted the Ascent three-row SUV for the 2019 model year, and for 2023, it's giving its biggest vehicle a mid-cycle update. The latest Ascent adds the best we've seen from Subaru in the past few years, including updated design language, a huge vertical touchscreen, and improved safety features."

What is the price of the 2023 Ascent?

The 2023 Subaru Ascent base starts at $35,120, and Premium trims begin at $39,180. The Ascent Onyx Edition starts at $42,520, the upper Limited starts at $42,820, the new Ascent Onyx Edition Limited is priced at $47,520, and the top-trim Touring has a starting MSRP of $49,420. Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

Why are the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Motor Trends' top picks in their category? M/T says, "Standard all-wheel-drive, strong safety scores, and good versatility on these models make Subarus popular among diverse demographics."

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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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