Is the 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Outback, or 2023 Crosstrek the most reliable Subaru model? The latest study from Consumer Reports ranks each new 2023 Subaru model reliable score. See where Subaru ranks with other automakers.
Does Subaru make reliable cars? According to the latest Consumer Reports' (by subscription) car brand reliability report, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2023 Forester are the best in reliability. See how all models rank.
The Subaru brand scores seven out of twenty-four automakers in the U.S. market, the same as last year in the new Consumer Reports reliability scores. Toyota achieves the number one spot with a score of 72, tied with Lexus (72), BMW (65), Mazda (65), Honda (62), Audi (60), Subaru (59), Acura (57), Kia (54), and Lincoln (54).
Consumer Reports' new-vehicle reliability score is calculated on a 0-to-100 point scale, with the average rating falling between 41 and 60 points. The Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy overall reliability scores also include road-test performance, owner satisfaction survey results, whether the model comes with critical safety systems, and crash test data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Subaru Crosstrek and Forester are the most reliable models
The latest CR report says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV scores the highest with 80 points. The 2023 Forester compact SUV has above-average reliability with a score of 75 points. Consumer Reports says Crosstrek and Forester "will be more reliable than the average new car."
Four models have average reliability
The next tier of reliability is the 2023 Impreza compact sedan and hatchback (56), 2023 Outback midsize SUV (51), 2023 Legacy midsize sedan (50), and 2023 Ascent midsize 3-Row SUV (44). Consumer Reports says these models will have about average reliability compared to the average new car. The 2023 Ascent is the most improved model in Subaru of America's lineup.
Subaru's WRX performance model scores the lowest
According to Consumer Reports, the 2023 Subaru WRX has a predicted reliability of 2/5. CR says, "We expect the 2023 WRX to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Subaru's brand history and the previous models of the WRX.” The WRX is not on Consumer Reports recommended list of sports cars.
Consumer Reports says the 2023 Subaru BRZ is being tested, but the Toyota GR86, made alongside the BRZ, has a predicted reliability score of 3/5. CR says the 2023 BRZ sports coupe "is expected to have about average reliability compared to other new cars."
According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru brand ranks in the top seven of twenty-four car brands in the U.S. market for reliability. All of Subaru's all-wheel-drive models stay consistent with last year's report in reliability except for the Ascent, which improves the most.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek scores highest among Subaru's models with above-average reliability, and the 2023 Subaru Forester is a close second. The 2023 Outback, Impreza, Legacy, Ascent, and BRZ are all expected to have about average reliability. The WRX scores the lowest, with less than average reliability.
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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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