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How Subaru Crosstrek, Forester Fuel-Mileage Compares With The Top-10 Small SUVs

Check out the ten most fuel-efficient non-hybrid small SUVs for 2022. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Forester score number one and three best this year.


Maybe you aren't ready to pull the trigger and buy a new all-electric vehicle or even a hybrid model yet. If having an all-wheel-drive vehicle is important to you, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Forester are the number one and three most fuel-stingy non-hybrid small SUVs according to Consumer Reports latest extensive fuel-economy tests. It's still an excellent time to buy a gas-powered model because fuel efficiency is improved on small SUVs.

Having an SUV with all-wheel-drive usually means sacrificing fuel economy, but it's not valid with the Crosstrek and Forester. Subaru uses direct injection on its four-cylinder Boxer engines for efficiency, and the automaker also uses the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, contributing to better mileage.

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Consumer Reports recently ranked all small SUVs and found the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is number one with 29 combined mpg and 20/39 city/highway mpg in CR's testing. Consumer Reports tested the Subaru Crosstrek Premium trim level with the 2.0-liter engine, which comes standard with all-wheel-drive.

The Crosstrek is followed by the Toyota Corolla Cross with 28 combined mpg and 20/37 city/highway mpg. Next is the Honda HR-V LX with 28 combined mpg and 20/39 city/highway mpg.

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The 2022 Subaru Forester, with standard all-wheel-drive, is the number three small SUV in fuel mileage with 28 combined mpg and 20/38 city/highway mpg. Consumer Reports tested the Subaru Forester Premium trim level.

The Honda CR-V EX is number four with 28/20/37. It is followed by the Kia Seltos S (28/20/35), Toyota RAV4 XLE (27/19/38), Mazda CX-30 Preferred (27/18/37), Mercedes-Benz GLA (27/17/40), Nissan Rogue Sport SV (26/19/34), and Hyundai Tucson SEL (26/18/35).

What is the 2023 Crosstrek 2.5-liter engine fuel mileage?

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek with the new 2.5-liter Boxer engine comes with 30 more horsepower and gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2023 Crosstrek with 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 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?

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), Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38.070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

What is the 2022 Forester fuel mileage?

The refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine powers the Forester.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

The 2022 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), new Wilderness ($34,695), and Touring ($37,170). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,175).

What sets the 2023 Crosstrek and 2022 Forester apart?

Crosstrek and Forester offer excellent fuel economy, cargo space, top safety scores, all-weather capability, and affordability. Both come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

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

The 2022 Forester Base and Premium trim also come with X-Mode, and the Sport and Wilderness trim levels feature the dual-function X-Mode.

The most fuel-efficient non-hybrid small SUVs for 2022 include the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Subaru Forester. They are still the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid small SUVs with all-wheel-drive. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek arrives at Subaru showrooms this summer.

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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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