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Best Used SUVs Under $20K - Reports Say Put Forester, Outback On Your List

Are the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester reliable used SUVs? Two reports rank the two models as best used SUVs under $20,000 and best under $25,000. Check out the complete list here.

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With the new 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV and 2022 Forester compact SUV in short supply to start the new year, are the two models reliable used SUVs, and what years are best? Two recent reports, one from iSeeCars Best Used SUVs Under $20,000, and Kelly Blue Book’s 10 Best Used SUVs Under $25,000, Outback and Forester rank among the best.

What used Subaru Outback years are best? The 2014 Subaru Outback is ranked number one best under $20,000 by iSeeCars, and the 2017 Subaru Outback is sixth-best under $25,000 according to Kelly Blue Book. Also, check out the Outback and Forester safety scores and fuel mileage below.

Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, pricing, safety, features, fuel mileage

What used Subaru Forester years are best? The 2016 Subaru Forester is ranked third best under $20,000 by iSeeCars, and the 2017 Subaru Forester is fourth-best under $25,000 by KBB.

iSeeCars 8 Best Used SUVs Under $20,000

The 2014 Subaru Outback is number one, followed by the 2014 Honda CR-V, 2016 Subaru Forester, 2018 Kia Soul, 2014 Toyota RAV4, 2016 Kia Sportage, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, and 2016 Ford Escape.

Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, pricing, safety, features, fuel mileage

KBB’s 10 Best Used SUVs Under $25,000

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is number one, followed by the 2016 Honda CR-V, 2017 Toyota RAV4, 2017 Subaru Forester, 2018 Mazda CX-5, 2017 Subaru Outback, 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2016 Buick Enclave, 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe, and 2018 Ford Edge.

Why should the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester be on your shopping list in 2022?

Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, pricing, safety, features, fuel mileage

Subaru Outback

KBB says, “The Subaru Outback is a midsize SUV with seating for five people. It’s a more rugged choice with an interior that can handle a little dirt and mud. Standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance make it a capable option whether you’re tackling snowy roads or doing some light off-roading.”

iSeeCars says, “The best used SUV under $20,000 is the Subaru Outback. Although the Outback is technically classified as a wagon and resembles a hatchback, it offers standard all-wheel drive and competes with vehicles in the compact SUV category. Perfect for adventure seekers and iSeeCars pick for the Best Small SUV, the Outback can handle light off-roading, has class-leading cargo space, and comes standard with a roof rack. It also has above-average towing capacity for the class, at up to 3,000 pounds.”

Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, pricing, safety, features, fuel mileage

Subaru Forester

KBB says, “Standard all-wheel drive makes the Subaru Forester a great choice for those who live where the snow falls. It’s a durable and capable SUV that’s well-suited to off-road adventures. There’s seating for five with an attractive interior and room for everyone’s cargo.”

iSeeCars says, “Another Subaru, the Subaru Forester compact SUV, ranks third. Like the Outback, it comes standard with all-wheel drive and delivers excellent fuel economy. It also has more passenger and cargo space than a typical compact SUV. The 2016 Forester comes standard with a rearview camera, and available features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and steering-responsive fog lights.”

Safety and fuel mileage are also crucial for SUV buyers. Check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash scores and EPA fuel mileage estimates.

What are the Outback’s safety scores?

The 2014 and 2017 Subaru Outback earned the top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.

What is the Outback fuel mileage?

The 2014 Outback with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 24/30 city/highway and 26 combined mpg with the automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual model gets 22/28 city/highway and 24 combined mpg.

The 2017 Outback with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 25/32 city/highway and 28 combined mpg with the automatic transmission.

What are Forester’s safety scores?

The 2016 and 2017 Subaru Forester earned the top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.

What is the Forester fuel mileage?

The 2016 Forester with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 24/31 city/highway and 27 combined mpg with the automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual model gets 22/28 city/highway and 25 combined mpg. The 2.0XT gets an estimated 23/27 city/highway and 25 combined mpg.

The 2017 Forester with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 26/32 city/highway and 28 combined mpg with the automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual gets 22/28 city/highway and 24 combined mpg. The 2.0XT gets an estimated 23/27 city/highway and 25 combined mpg.

New or used, the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are reliable, safe, and fuel-efficient SUVs. They should be on your shopping list if you look for a midsize or compact SUV in 2022.

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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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