What are the best 2-Row SUVs for shoppers this summer? An updated Consumer Reports (by subscription) ranking of new midsize 2-Row SUVs says you should avoid buying the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and buy the 2023 Subaru Outback instead. CR now ranks the Outback as the #2 of fourteen new midsize SUVs.
Why should you avoid the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Consumer Reports says, "The recently redesigned Grand Cherokee is quieter and nicer inside than the previous generation and gets better fuel economy. But its below-average predicted reliability drops it toward the bottom of our midsized two-row SUV ratings."
Consumer Reports says the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer is an "under-the-radar" alternative to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
What does CR say about the Outback?
Consumer Reports says, "Ride, transmission, seat comfort, driving position, fit and finish, standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and AEB highway."
Our take on the 2023 Subaru Outback
The Outback is the best pick for active customers using the SUV for more than a commuter vehicle or grocery hauler. The Outback comes with all-wheel-drive on all trim levels, and it's not an expensive option.
All Outback trim levels come standard with Subaru's X-Mode for added all-weather capability. And some trims come with the new dual-function X-Mode for more extreme winter conditions. The 2023 Outback XT and Wilderness trim levels now offer a Deep Snow and Deep Mud function for additional severe weather capability for a winter road trip.
What is the fuel mileage of the Outback?
The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2023 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 22/29 city/highway mpg and 25 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/32 mpg city/highway and 28 combined mpg.
The EPA says the 2023 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 21/26 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg.
What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Outback?
The 2023 Outback now comes in nine trim levels for U.S. customers; the base trim is priced from $29,620, Premium ($31,920), new Onyx Edition with a 2.5-liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520), Touring ($41,070), Outback Wilderness ($39,670), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820), Limited XT ($40,920), and Touring XT ($43,520). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225).
Should you wait for the 2024 Outback?
New car shoppers who can wait can get the upgraded 2024 Subaru Outback. For the 2024 Outback model change, the midsize SUV gets further improvements like upgraded LED dome and cargo lights; a 360-degree heated steering wheel is now standard on more trim levels, including Wilderness and other Onyx Edition trim upgrades. You can check out the 2024 Outback pricing and model guide below.
Consumer Reports says to avoid the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and buy the 2023 Subaru Outback instead. Outback is rated one of CR's best 2-Row SUVs because it performed well in CR's road tests, has good reliability, comes with crucial advanced safety equipment, and gets the highest crash scores.
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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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