What are the best new 2-Row SUVs for families? Based on long-term reliability, value retention, the highest safety scores, above-average cargo space, and fuel efficiency, a new report from iSeeCars ranks the 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV and the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV the best in their vehicle category.
The 2022 Subaru Outback is ranked the best for quality in the “small” SUV (2-Row SUV category) by iSeeCars scoring. They rank new SUVs on a scale of 1-10, and the Outback gets the highest quality score of nine points for the best family SUV in its category.
The seven best 2-Row Family SUVs
The 2022 Subaru Outback is followed by the 2022 Subaru Forester, scoring high among the best family 2-Row SUVs. The Forester compact SUV gets a quality score of 8.7 points and ties with the Honda CR-V (8.7). The Toyota RAV4 scores (8.6), Kia Sportage (8.4), Hyundai Tucson (8.3), and Ford Escape (8.2).
The Subaru Outback scores 8.0 in reliability, 8.1 in value retention, and 10.0 in safety. The Subaru Forester scores 7.9 in reliability, 8.1 in value retention, and 10.0 in safety.
The best value retention
Both the Subaru Outback and Forester score highest in Kelly Blue Book’s 2021 Best Resale Value Awards. The 2021 Subaru Forester wins the Compact SUV category, and the 2021 Subaru Outback takes home the best Midsize SUV 2-row award. Read the complete study from Subaru Report here.
The highest safety scores
The 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Forester score the highest safety ratings over the last five years from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both SUVs earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and five stars from the NHTSA.
Above-average cargo space
The Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of cargo-carrying ability with the seats up; Forester has 35.4 cubes. Outback offers 75.7 cubic feet with the seats down; Forester has a bit more with 76.1 cubic feet.
Outback has slightly more space for people with 109 cubic feet and Forester 107.8 cubes. Rear legroom is very similar, with Outback scoring 39.5 inches and Forester 39.4 inches of rear legroom.
What is the 2022 Subaru Outback fuel mileage?
The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2022 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 mpg city/highway and 29 combined mpg.
The EPA says the new 2022 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg. The 2021 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.
2022 Subaru Forester fuel mileage
The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. The Forester comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine.
Both the Subaru Outback and Forester are ranked high by Consumer Reports in predicted reliability. In Consumer Reports Top-10 Picks of 2021, the 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2021 Outback wagon/crossover make the list. They are picked exceptional performance models in safety, reliability, and owner satisfaction. Both Forester and Outback have overall scores among the highest in the Small SUV and midsize SUV categories. Read the complete report here.
The 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Forester are top picks for families looking for a 2-Row SUV. They get high scores for long-term reliability, value retention, safety scores, above-average cargo space, and fuel efficiency.
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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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