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iSeeCars Best Cars Of 2023 - Two Unlikely Subaru Models Score First Place

What are the best new cars for shoppers in 2023? A new iSeeCars report ranks the Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, and Impreza among the best new models. Here are the best new cars for 2023 and the two unlikely Subaru models that score first place.


What are the best Subaru models for 2023? A new report from iSeeCars says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, and Impreza are among the best new models for new vehicle shoppers this year.

If scores were based on sales volume, the Impreza compact car and Crosstrek Hybrid are the most unlikely models that score first-place finishes. Subaru of America sells very few 2023 Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid trim levels because they are priced too high compared with the standard Crosstrek trim levels. The 2023 Impreza needs a remodel, and sales dropped as customers wait for the next-generation models.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The two Subaru models rank first because iSeeCars' ranking is based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value, and safety scores. "We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment," says iSeeCars.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. iSeeCars says reliability accounts for 33.3% of the score, Value Retention for 33.3%, and Safety scores for 33.3%.

2023 Subaru Impreza

The Best Wagons for 2023

Subaru Impreza 8.6 / 10
Kia Soul 8.1 / 10
MINI Clubman 7.5 / 10

The Best Plug-In Hybrid SUVs for 2023

Subaru Crosstrek 8.6 / 10
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 8.1 / 10
MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid 7.6 / 10

The Best Hybrid SUVs for 2023

Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

It's not a surprise the hot-selling standard Crosstrek trim level scores second-best in the subcompact category.

The Best Subcompact SUVs for 2023

Mazda CX-3 8.2 / 10
Subaru Crosstrek 8.1 / 10
Honda HR-V 8.1 / 10

The Subaru Outback and Forester are among the top new small and compact SUVs for 2023.

The Best Small and Compact SUVs for 2023

Jeep Wrangler 9.2 / 10
Subaru Outback 8.8 / 10
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 8.8 / 10
Subaru Forester 8.7 / 10

The Best Crossover SUVs for 2023

Toyota Highlander 8.9 / 10
Subaru Outback 8.8 / 10
Honda Pilot 8.7 / 10
Subaru Forester 8.7 / 10

Here are the pricing and fuel mileage for the top-ranked Subaru models.

What is the price of the 2023 Crosstrek?

Even with all trim levels getting a $600 price increase, the Crosstrek remains affordable. 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 Crosstrek's fuel mileage?

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 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.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gets the best fuel mileage. In Consumer Reports testing, the plug-in hybrid gets 38/45 city/highway MPGe and 42 combined MPGe. Note that the Crosstrek Hybrid is not available in all states.

What is the price of the 2023 Forester?

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).

2023 Forester fuel mileage

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

What is the price of the 2023 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).

2023 Subaru Outback fuel mileage

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 Impreza?

The 2023 Impreza comes in four trim levels for customers. The seven different models come in base sedan ($20,815), base hatchback ($21,315), Premium sedan ($24,215), Premium hatchback ($24,715), Sport sedan ($25,615), Sport hatchback ($25,015), and Limited hatchback ($28,415). Destination and delivery ($995) are included in the prices above. Models with a CVT automatic transmission add about $1,300, depending on the trim level.

2023 Impreza fuel mileage

The EPA says the 2023 Subaru Impreza gets 31 mpg combined city/highway and 28/36 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims. The 2023 Impreza 4-Door sedan gets 26 combined city/highway and 23/31 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims. The 2023 Impreza 4-Door sedan with the 5-speed manual gearbox has the same fuel mileage.

Subaru safety scores

Subaru's vehicles earned the highest crash safety achieving a 'Superior' rating in front crash prevention when equipped with the automaker's EyeSight driver assist safety technology. EyeSight comes standard on the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Forester. It comes on all 2023 Crosstrek and Impreza models with a CVT automatic transmission. The vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards from the IIHS.

Our take

Aside from reliability, resale value, and top safety scores, the 2023 Crosstrek subcompact SUV, 2023 Forester compact SUV, 2023 Outback midsize SUV, and 2023 Impreza compact car come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather capability. The three SUVs also have 8.7 inches of ground clearance and come with X-Mode for severe weather capability and dual-function X-Mode for all-terrain ability.

A new report from iSeeCars says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, 2023 Outback, 2023 Forester, and 2023 Impreza are among the best new models for new vehicle shoppers this year. 

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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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