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6 Most Reliable Fuel Stingy 5 Year Old SUVs - Subaru Forester Scores The Best

With the 2021 Subaru Forester models scare, which used compact SUVs are the most reliable and fuel-efficient? A report by Consumer Reports says the Forester is the best five-year-old SUV you can buy now.

With fuel prices rising and as the global chip shortage makes new 2021 Subaru Forester models scarce, which previously owned compact SUVs are the most reliable and fuel-efficient? Consumer Reports says one Subaru model, the 2016 Forester is reliable, and the most fuel-stingy.

Consumer Reports (by subscription) compiled the list of the most fuel-efficient used compact SUVs that scored well in their road tests, have average-or-better predicted reliability ratings, and get the best fuel mileage. CR says the 2016 Forester is one of the best in the compact SUV category.

2021 Subaru Forester scarce

The top eight Consumer Reports' most reliable and fuel-efficient five-year-old non-hybrid compact SUVs are the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Lexus NX, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4.

How fuel-efficient is the Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester gets the best overall fuel mileage with 26 combined city/highway mpg. The Mazda CX-5 averaged 25 mpg, followed by the Honda CR-V (24 mpg), Lexus NX (24 mpg), Nissan Rogue (24 mpg), and Toyota RAV4 (24 mpg).

2021 Subaru Forester scarce

According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru Forester scored high in five areas; reliability, fuel mileage, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction. In Consumer Reports testing, the 2016 Subaru Forester with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder CVT returned" an excellent" 26 mpg overall in their tests.

The EPA estimates for the 2016 Subaru Forester are 24/31 city/highway mpg and 27 combined mpg.

Is the Subaru Forester a reliable vehicle?

The Subaru Forester scored a 4/5 in predicted reliability, a 4/5 in owner satisfaction, and a 4/5 in fuel economy. CR says a used 2016 Forester price range is $15,700 - $20,100. With new 2021 Forester models scarce, prices may be higher as retailers raise the prices of low mileage Forester SUVs.

Consumer Reports says, "The logical Forester's boxy styling, big windows, and thin roof pillars supply excellent visibility, while large doors deliver easy access. The rear-seat room is spacious, and there's plenty of cargo space."

With gas prices rising and new 2021 Subaru Forester models hard to find right now, a 2016 Subaru Forester is a good, reliable, fuel-efficient choice for compact SUV shoppers.

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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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Jason (not verified)    August 4, 2021 - 10:07AM

I don't know what CR is talking about. I have this exact year Forester and there has been one problem after another. It has been very unreliable. The car also burns excessive amounts of engine oil. Subaru replaced the engine once and the problem hasn't gone away! AVOID