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CR Says These Are The 6 Most-Loved New SUVs This Year - Two Are Now From Subaru

How satisfied are you with your last SUV purchase? Check out a new Consumer Reports study that reveals the SUVs that satisfy owners the most. Subaru Crosstrek and Forester are two of the six most-loved.

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Many SUV owners aren't happy with their new SUVs. So, are you satisfied with your last or recent SUV purchase? If not, find out the six SUVs that satisfy owners the most and are the most loved by their owners. Subaru has two of the six best models according to a recent Consumer Reports (CR) (by subscription) study of owner satisfaction.

CR found that models that promise luxury, fuel and energy efficiency (gas or electric), or pulse-quickening performance, and over-deliver are often the most popular and satisfy owners. CR says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2023 Forester are two of the six most-loved by owners.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

In its most recent auto surveys, vehicle owners shared their experiences with CR with more than 300,000 vehicles. Primarily, they were asked whether they would buy the same car again. That decision is the basis of CR's owner satisfaction score.

The Six Most-Loved SUVs That Keep Owners Satisfied

Subcompact SUVs: Subaru Crosstrek
Compact SUVs: Subaru Forester
Midsized 2-row SUVs: Ford Bronco
Midsized 3-row/large SUVs: Kia Telluride
Luxury compact SUVs: Genesis GV70
Luxury midsized/large SUVs: Porsche Cayenne

2023 Subaru Forester

What sets the Crosstrek and Forester apart from the competition?

The significant difference between the Crosstrek, Forester, and the small SUV competition is that they both come standard with all-wheel-drive and X-Mode, which you won't pay extra for the all-weather all-terrain features. In addition, they have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, get the highest IIHS safety scores, and are affordable, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive.

Affordability

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV?

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)

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV?

The 2023 Crosstrek now comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium ($26,020), all-new Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720), and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38,070). In addition, prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

Fuel mileage

2023 Crosstrek fuel mileage

You can have an all-wheel-drive SUV and still get good fuel efficiency. For example, the Subaru Crosstrek uses direct injection on its new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine, getting 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. In addition, the 2.0-liter engine gets 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, contributing to better mileage.

The 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV has standard all-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. All Forester trim levels come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine.

The EPA says the new Forester Wilderness gets an estimated 25/28 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.

Consumer Reports reveals the SUVs that satisfy owners the most, and the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV and 2023 Forester compact SUV are now two of the six most-loved models you can buy this year.

How satisfied are you with your last or most recent SUV purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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