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Consumer Reports Says Avoid The VW Taos, Buy A Subaru Crosstrek Instead

Is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek the best subcompact SUV you can buy? See why Consumer Reports says it’s the best of fourteen subcompact vehicles and why you should avoid the Volkswagen Taos.

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What are the best subcompact SUVs for shoppers this spring? Consumer Reports (by subscription) ranks all new models and says you should avoid buying the 2022 Volkswagen Taos and buy the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek instead.

CR ranks the Crosstrek as the best of fourteen new subcompact SUVs. Crosstrek performed well in crash tests, has above-average reliability, scored well in road test performance, and gets high owner satisfaction scores.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
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Why should you avoid the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?

Consumer Reports says, “the Taos suffers from a big initial delay when trying to accelerate from a stop, followed by an abrupt burst of power as it gets going. This can make you feel vulnerable, for instance, if you need to accelerate out onto a busy road. Its 26 mpg overall is decent for a small all-wheel-drive SUV but trails the Subaru Crosstrek by a few mpg.”

More reasons to pick the Crosstrek

Consumer Reports says, “The Crosstrek delivers a good 29 mpg overall from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a continuously variable transmission. Ride comfort is impressive, and the Crosstrek has competent and enjoyable handling. The infotainment system is easy to use.”

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
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How could the Crosstrek be better?

CR says the Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter engine isn’t very quick, and the engine gets loud “when drivers mash the throttle to accelerate.” CR says, “The biggest knock against the Crosstrek is that the EyeSight driver assistance system isn’t standard because it isn’t available with the manual transmission.”

Our take on the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru offers the Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim levels with a new 2.5-liter engine upgrade with 30 additional horsepower over the standard 2.0-liter Boxer engine.

All Crosstrek trim levels come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Crosstrek has 8.7-inches of ground clearance (exceeding the competition) for off-pavement performance.

The Base and Premium Crosstrek trims come with X-Mode for all-weather and all-terrain capability. The Sport and Limited trims feature a dual-function X-Mode for severe weather and extreme all-terrain ability.

Check out the complete 2022 Subaru Crosstrek model guide here.

What is the fuel mileage of the Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim is priced from $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

Consumer Reports says avoid the Volkswagen Taos and buy the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek instead. Crosstrek is ranked CR’s best subcompact SUV you can buy because it scores high in safety, reliability, road test performance, and owner satisfaction.

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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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