What is the best small SUV under $30,000 you can buy this year? According to Consumer Reports (by subscription) recent tests and surveys, the 2022 Subaru Forester is ranked number one overall for its fuel mileage and top safety scores and costs less than the average new car today.
Consumer Reports says Forester is the top choice because the small SUV offers good road-test performance, reliability, and owner satisfaction. The Forester scores number one compact SUV of twenty-two models with a top score of 90, outscoring the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The scores are based on CR's most recent tests and owner surveys.
Consumer Reports says, "This popular small SUV delivers a combination of a roomy interior, excellent visibility, commendable fuel economy, simple controls, a comfortable ride, and responsive handling. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder combined with the continuously variable automatic transmission yielded best-in-class fuel economy."
The Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. A CVT automatic is the only transmission offered. Is there a downside to the Forester? CR says, "acceleration isn't exhilarating, and the engine's noise isn't the most pleasant."
CR says, "The cabin is roomy, with a particularly generous rear seat and easy access. The simple controls include an infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay."
What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?
Even with the recent price increase, Forester is affordable. The 2022 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base trim starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), new Wilderness ($34,695), and Touring ($37,170). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,175).
What is the 2022 Forester fuel mileage?
The refreshed 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. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine powers the Forester.
Subaru Crosstrek and Legacy also score among the top new models
Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is also a top pick in the small SUV category under $30,000. The 2022 Subaru Legacy scores the best midsize car under $30,000 in the latest rankings.
Should customers wait for the 2023 Subaru Forester?
There will be price increases on all 2023 Subaru Forester models because of the rise in supply and parts costs. Look for the 2023 Forester to get about a $600 price increase across all trim levels.
Wait for the 2024 Subaru Forester
If customers wait, the 2024 Subaru Forester compact SUV gets a complete remodel with the exterior, interior, and possible engine upgrades. Stay tuned.
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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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