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The Most Reliable SUVs Under $30,000 - Subaru Crosstrek Just Scored #1

What is Subaru’s most reliable vehicle? According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the most reliable new SUV under $30K. Check out the complete list here.

One of the worst things, when you buy a new car, is that it needs to go in for repairs in the first two or three years you own it. Consumer Reports (by subscription) has tested all new cars under $30,000 and found the top new cars and SUVs that score highest in reliability.

The number one SUV in the latest CR ratings is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek compact SUV. The Subaru Crosstrek scored number one among the top 15 models subcompact SUVs with an overall score of 86, one point higher than the 2021 model year.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
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In addition to reliability, CR says they also ranked Crosstrek high for its very good fuel economy, impressive ride comfort, handling, and it’s enjoyable. Other SUVs under $30,000 that scored high are the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport (77 points), and the 2022 Chevrolet TrialBlazer (76 points).

Cars that scored high in the CR tests were the Toyota Prius Prime, Toyota Prius, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Honda Insight. All come in under $30,000.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek features, upgrades, specs, pricing
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Consumer Reports also rated all subcompact models and compared them with others in the category, and the 2022 Crosstrek scores a 5/5 for predicted reliability.

Consumer Reports also recently ranked the most reliable and fuel-efficient compact SUVs and the Crosstrek also scored one of the best. CR’s seven most reliable and fuel-efficient compact SUVs are the Hyundai Tucson with a score of 93, followed by the Subaru Forester (score of 90), Toyota RAV4 Prime (88), Subaru Crosstrek (86), Honda CR-V (84), Lexus UX (71), and Toyota RAV4 (68).

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim is priced from $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

CR says, "The Crosstrek delivers excellent fuel economy and impressive ride comfort. Its handling is competent and enjoyable. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission. This combination works fine and gets 29 mpg overall, which is among the best for small SUVs.”

Crosstrek also scored one of the best off-road SUVs on AutoGuide’s list of the 10-best off-road SUVs on the market today. Check out the complete report here.

The 2022 Crosstrek scores high in affordability, reliability, fuel mileage, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction. CR says the Crosstrek should be on your winter shopping list.

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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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James Williams (not verified)    December 2, 2021 - 3:56AM

So one thing I don't understand is how can there be any accurate consumer reports about reliability if the car hasn't even been out a year?