Are New Subaru Models Fuel-Efficient? Check Out The Entire Lineup Here
Are the 2021 Forester, 2022 Outback, 2021 Crosstrek, and other new models fuel efficient? An article from The Hill reports the American Automobile Association (AAA) says the average price of a gallon of gas is expected to increase by between 10 and 20 cents nationwide by August 2021.
That’s not good news for summer roads trips. How fuel-efficient are the 2021 Forester, 2022 Outback, 2021 Crosstrek, and other new models? The recent EPA Automotive Trends Report reveals Subaru is the number three automaker with the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and best fuel economy.
That’s impressive as all Subaru models, except for the BRZ, come standard with all-wheel drive, which is generally less fuel-efficient than other configurations. Subaru increased fuel mileage in its new cars using new Boxer engines with direct-injection technology. They also use a stop/start system that shuts the engine off when the vehicle is idling and saves fuel.
With gas prices rising, good fuel economy is important to road warriors. Here are the 2021 and 2022 Subaru lineup and fuel mileage estimates for each new model and what you can expect on your road trips this summer.
All Subaru SUVs and cars run on regular unleaded fuel, so you don’t need the higher mid-grade or premium fuel. The WRX and STI sports cars do require premium fuel for the best performance.
2021 Subaru Forester fuel mileage
The 2021 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.
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.
2021 Subaru Crosstrek fuel mileage
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine comes with 30 more horsepower and gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.
The 2021 Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg. The Crosstrek Hybrid achieves an EPA estimated 90 MPGe combined electric and gas city/highway and 35 mpg combined city/highway in regular gas mode.
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2022 Subaru Ascent fuel mileage
The 2021 Subaru Ascent base and Premium trim levels get an EPA estimated 21/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg. Because they are slightly heavier, the Ascent Limited and Touring trim levels get an EPA estimated 20/26 city/highway mpg and 22 combined mpg.
2022 Subaru Impreza fuel mileage
The EPA says the 2022 Subaru Impreza gets 31 mpg combined city/highway and 28/36 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims. The 2022 Impreza 4-Door sedan with the 5-speed manual gearbox has the same fuel mileage. The 2022 Impreza 4-Door sedan gets 26 combined city/highway and 23/31 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims.
2022 Subaru Legacy fuel mileage
The EPA says the Legacy XT 2.4-liter turbocharged engine returns EPA mileage figures estimated at 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 27 combined mpg. The standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-4 engine gets an EPA estimated fuel economy of 27/35 mpg city/highway and 30 combined mpg.
2021 Subaru WRX fuel mileage
The 2021 Subaru WRX with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 20/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The WRX with a CVT automatic transmission gets 18/24 city/highway mpg and 21 combined mpg.
The higher-performance 2021 Subaru WRX STI with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 16/22 city/highway mpg and 18 combined mpg.
2020 Subaru BRZ fuel mileage
The 2020 Subaru BRZ with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 21/29 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The BRZ with a CVT automatic transmission gets 24/33 city/highway mpg and 27 combined mpg.
Subaru and the EPA have not released fuel mileage numbers for the all-new next-generation 2022 BRZ with the 2.4-liter Boxer engine.
The 2021 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, 2021 Crosstrek, and 2022 Ascent SUVs, with all-wheel drive, are fuel-efficient with the third-lowest greenhouse gas emissions. With gas prices rising, good fuel economy is essential to road warriors who want to get away this summer.
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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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