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The Most Popular SUVs - Subaru Forester, Outback Are Outsold By 10 Hot Models

How popular are the 2022 Subaru Forester and Outback compared with the best-selling SUVs? They are outsold by ten hot models and they outsell twelve popular SUVs. Check out the complete list here.

The twenty-five most popular new SUVs in the U.S. include diverse models. The 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Outback are included in the top twelve models. Where does the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek rank with the best?

The twenty-five models ranked by sales were skewed by lack of inventory because of the global supply chain issues, and some automakers had more microchips than others. Tiny Subaru was hit the hardest of any automaker, but the 2022 Forester and 2022 Outback still made it in the top twelve most significant volume models.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback

The twelve most popular SUVs

The best-selling SUVs are the Toyota RAV4 (407,739 units sold) followed by the Honda CR-V (361,271), Nissan Rogue, (285,605), Jeep Grand Cherokee (264,444), Toyota Highlander (264,128), Ford Explorer (219,871), Jeep Wrangler (204,610), Tesla Model Y (190,395), Mazda CX-9 (168,383), Chevrolet Equinox (165,323), Subaru Forester (154,723), and Subaru Outback (154,623).

The 2022 Forester arrives now with a refresh, and Subaru could have sold more of the outgoing models if retailers could get their hands on more of the compact SUVs. The Forester is Subaru of America’s top-selling model and outsold the Outback by just 100 models.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback

The 2022 Subaru Outback is technically a wagon, but with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive, it is considered a midsize SUV. The Outback has the versatility of an SUV but has the driving dynamics of a car. It continues to be the most popular wagon/crossover in America.

The Subaru Forester and Outback outsold 12 popular models

The Forester and Outback outsold twelve popular SUVs, including the Hyundai Tucson (150,949 units sold), Ford Escape (145,415), Toyota 4Runner (144,696), Honda Pilot (143,062), Honda HR-V (137,090), Chevrolet Traverse (116,250), Lexus RX (115,320), Hyundai Santa Fe (112,071), Volkswagen Tiguan (109,743), Ford Bronco Sport (108,169), Chevrolet Tahoe (106,030), and Kia Sportage (94,601).

The hot Subaru Crosstrek was number eighteen on the top twenty-five most popular models list, with 127,466 delivered to customers. The Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims were upgraded with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 30 additional horsepower that provides strong performance.

What will the new model inventory be like in 2022?

Subaru of America has ongoing challenges with the low inventory of the 2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, and 2022 Crosstrek SUVs. Customers should contact their local retailer for delivery schedules and ordering a new model.

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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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Angela Buckingham (not verified)    January 26, 2022 - 12:00AM

Absolutely, got the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, in the fancy Plasma Yellow Pearl. First time Subaru buyer and will never buy anything other than Subaru. I wanted all the bells and whistles. It's one of the most comfortable, fun, Safe, get-up and go cars I've ever owned. My parents went out the next day and bought one to. Sooo, Happy.

Larazus Bolchenko (not verified)    January 26, 2022 - 8:58PM

In reply to by Angela Buckingham (not verified)

I hope you did your homework first.
Subaru has not had the best track record, when it comes to reliability and quality control is inconsistent between models. To buy something based on gut feeling, or emotional purchase is frankly dangerous.

There's a valid reason why Toyota and Honda are the biggest sellers. It's not price, or fun factor.
It's consistent reliability, on average. Which equates to less time in the repair shop and, on average, lower total cost of ownership.
I'm making a point - people shouldn't reward companies for putting out substandard products.

Unless you just lease cars and have no intention of owning it past the lease period, then I would still not consider any Subaru. The same issues that plague a model year are repeated into the next. Sloppy.

Nobody is arguing that they have a stellar drivetrain system. They do - it's amazing.
But that doesn't override nasty quality control complaints that continue to pop-up..

I don't care about how great a brand new car is.
Your experience does not represent the average.
Consumer Reports be damned. As far as I'm concerned, they dropped the ball a few years ago, when recommending the Forester that was chalk full of problems. Their sample was not indicative of average.