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CR Says Subaru Forester Is The Best Compact SUV $25-$35K For Active Safety

How safe is the 2023 Subaru Forester? Consumer Reports ranks the best compact SUVs priced from $25,000 to $35,000 with active safety features. See where the Forester ranks now.

Consumer Reports (by subscription says there are fifteen compact SUVs priced from $25,000 to $35,000 that will keep you and your family safe. They recommend these models because they come standard with automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, AEB that works at highway speeds, blind spot warning (BSW), and rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW).

Where does the 2023 Subaru Forester rank?

Consumer Reports says the Subaru Forester is the topped-ranked compact SUV you can buy today, priced from $25,000 to $35,000. That's a high honor for Subaru's Forester.

2023 Subaru Forester

CR only recommends vehicles that also scored well in road tests, comprising more than 50 objective and subjective evaluations. On top of that, they have good reliability and essential advanced safety equipment. They also performed well in government and insurance industry crash tests.

Subaru Forester gets an overall score of 87 points and is the number one compact SUV among twenty-eight compact SUVs.

2023 Subaru Forester

CR's top 15 ranked compact SUVs

The Subaru Forester is followed by the Honda CR-V (83), Hyundai Tucson Hybrid (83), Nissan Rogue (81), Kia Sportage Hybrid (80), Mazda CX-50 (78), Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (78), Toyota Corolla Cross (77), Mazda CX-5 (77), Ford Escape Hybrid (72), Honda HR-V (73), Mitsubishi Outlander (72), Chevrolet Trailblazer (70), and Kia Seltos (70).

What are Subaru Forester's safety scores?

All 2023 Forester trim levels earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It also gets the highest five-star rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS says the 2022 Forester meets all the criteria for the highest award because of its standard front crash prevention system, which has earned superior ratings in recent tests.

What safety tech does the Forester have as standard equipment?

All Forester trim levels, from the Base model to the upper Touring trim, receive a "Superior" rating in front crash prevention from the IIHS.

What is Subaru EyeSight?

The new-generation Subaru Forester EyeSight includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with a complete stop, lane departure warning, lead vehicle start alert, rear vehicle detection, blind-spot detection, lane change assist, and a rear cross-traffic alert.

EyeSight can detect an object or vehicle in front of the Forester and bring the compact SUV to a complete stop. The video below shows the Forester on a test course going 30 miles per hour. Without a driver to step on the brakes, the Forester stops before hitting the barrier. A vehicle without the driver assist EyeSight technology would slam into the car ahead and could cause serious injury.

What is the price of the 2023 Forester with EyeSight?

The 2023 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,620, Premium ($30,620), Sport ($32,190), Limited ($34,300), Wilderness ($35,245), and Touring ($37,720). Pricing includes dealer fees ($1,225).

Consumer Reports says 2023 is the number one ranked compact SUV you can buy today. It scores highest in road tests, has good reliability, and has critical advanced safety equipment you don't pay extra for on new models.

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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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