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The 4 Best New Vehicles Under $30,000 - Subaru Forester Scores Compact SUV

What are the best compact SUVs for 2021? See why the 2021 Subaru Forester now ranks number one among the seven best.


Is the 2021 Subaru Forester the best compact SUV? A new report from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says yes. They rank the Forester number one among the top seven compact SUVs. CR says it's the best compact SUV rated ahead of the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-30, and Mazda CX-5.

CR gives the 2021 Forester high marks for its roomy interior, excellent visibility, commendable fuel economy, simple controls, a comfortable ride, and responsive handling. They rank Forester number one of fifteen compact SUVs.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

CR says, "The cabin is roomy, with a particularly generous rear seat and very easy access. The controls are simple to use, including an infotainment system that's also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay."

Where the Forester needs to improve

Consumer Reports likes the Forester's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine's best-in-class fuel economy. But they say, "acceleration isn't exhilarating, and the engine's noise isn't the most pleasant."

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Forester comes in five trim levels, and the base trim has an MSRP of $25,845, Premium ($28,845), Sport ($30,445), Limited ($32,445), and Touring ($35,945). Pricing includes $1,050 destination. Consumer Reports says the average transaction price for the 2021 Forester Premium is $26,310 after dealer incentives.

What do owners say about the Forester?

In Consumer Reports' latest annual owner surveys, when asked, "Would you buy this car again if you had to do it all over again," owners of the Subaru Forester said they would definitely rebuy the same car. The owners were the most satisfied with their Forester compact SUV.

CR says the Toyota Corolla is the best compact car under $30,000, Toyota Camry is the best midsize car, and the Mazda MX-5 is the best sporty car.

In the latest Consumer Reports' rankings, the 2021 Subaru Forester is number one among the top seven compact SUVs. CR says it's the best 2021 model year compact SUV under $30,000.

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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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