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Consumer Reports Top 10 Autos - Says Subaru Crosstrek Is The Best Subcompact SUV

What are the ten best cars and SUV picks for shoppers? Consumer Reports says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is your smart buy among subcompact SUVs. Check out the complete list here.


What is the best subcompact SUV you can buy? Consumer Reports (by subscription) picks the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek as the best subcompact SUV and a smart buy for new car shoppers. CR says the Crosstrek offers an impressive mix of performance, reliability, safety features, and value, and it's "the very best of the best."

Consumer Reports' top 10 auto picks

Under $35,000, Consumer Reports picks the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid (small SUV), Subaru Crosstrek (subcompact SUV), and Nissan Sentra (small sedan).

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

For over $35,000, Consumer Reports picks the Toyota Highlander (midsize SUV), Audi A4 (luxury compact sedan), and BMW X3.

For New and Cool, Consumer Reports picks the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Toyota GR86, Subaru BRZ (sports car), and Kia Sportage (compact SUV).

What makes the 2023 Crosstrek the smart subcompact SUV buy for new car shoppers?

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek offers standard all-wheel-drive, top safety crash scores, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for off-road performance.

The Crosstrek Sport and Limited offer dual-function X-Mode for added off-pavement performance. It includes a Deep Snow/Deep Mud setting. The Crosstrek is also affordable, and it gets excellent fuel mileage.

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?

Subaru of America announced all 2023 Subaru Crosstrek trim levels get a $600 price increase, including destination and delivery fees. Dealer fees increased by $50 for 2023 Crosstrek trims.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek now comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium ($26,020), a new Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720), and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38.070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

What's the 2023 Crosstrek fuel mileage?

The CVT models achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/33 city/highway and 30 combined mpg. The 6-speed manual trim levels are rated 22/29 city/highway and 25 combined mpg. The 2.5-liter Boxer engine achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

Should customers wait for the next-generation 2024 Crosstrek?

The all-new third-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek comes with a slightly new exterior design, upgrades to the interior, improved driving dynamics, and new safety upgrades. Customers who can wait may want the latest model upgrades.

When will the 2024 Crosstrek be available in the U.S.?

Subaru says they will launch the next-generation 2024 Crosstrek in Japan in 2023 (or later) and then introduce the new subcompact SUV in the U.S. and other global markets. Customers in the U.S. may have to wait until 2024 to get their hands on the all-new Crosstrek subcompact SUV.

Look for the third-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek to make its U.S. reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17. Stay tuned.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is now a Consumer Reports top 10 auto pick this year. The next-generation models will be improved if you can wait.

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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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