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New Subaru Forester Is Now The Hot Model Passing Outback, Crosstrek

Are you shopping for a new 2023 Subaru Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek? Check out the ten most researched new SUVs before you go to the car dealer this winter. The hot Forester is now the most popular Subaru SUV.

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Which new vehicles are the most popular with new car shoppers this winter? An updated report from Edmunds says three Subaru SUVs are among the ten most popular models. The 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV, the 2023 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, and the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV.

The ten most researched new models today

Last month the Outback midsize SUV was the most researched Subaru model. Now the Forester compact SUV is ranked ahead of the Outback and Crosstrek. The Forester is now the hot model in Subaru of America's all-wheel-drive lineup.

2023 Subaru Forester

The Edmunds ten most researched new vehicles by new car shoppers from first to last are the Honda CR-V, Genesis GV80, Honda Passport, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Crosstrek, and Mazda CX-30.

They will be hard to find this winter because of the ongoing new car shortages and supply chain issues, although Subaru says inventory levels are improving. Check out the latest report here.

Subaru has two more hot models. The Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler is number thirty on the most researched list, and the Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback is thirty-eight.

2023 Subaru Outback

Why are the Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek among the ten most popular picks with new car shoppers?

There are four reasons. Number one, they are affordable when many automakers charge more than the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for their popular models, while Subaru keeps its Love Promise. Read more here. Check each model's pricing below.

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Forester?

All 2023 Forester trim levels increased by $550 in price, including destination and delivery. 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 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 $1,225 destination and delivery fees.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

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. The 2023 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).

The second reason is that the 2023 Subaru Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek are fuel-efficient SUVs. You can have an all-wheel-drive SUV and still get good fuel efficiency. Check each model's fuel efficiency.

What is the 2023 Subaru Forester's gas mileage?

The Subaru Forester 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 2023 Subaru Outback's gas 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 2023 Subaru Crosstrek's gas mileage?

The Subaru Crosstrek uses direct injection on its new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine and gets 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. 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 third reason is that the Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather and all-terrain performance. And it doesn't hurt fuel efficiency.

The three models also come with X-Mode for additional all-weather capability, and some trim levels feature dual-function X-Mode for added deep snow and mud mode for all-terrain power.

The fourth reason is safety technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the 2023 Forester, 2023 Outback, and 2023 Ascent were named 2022 Top Safety Pick+ winners by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2033 Crosstrek and 2023 Impreza are Top Safety Pick winners.

What should customers do if they want a 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Outback, or 2023 Crosstrek?

First, check out each model's configurator and build your new Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek online with the features, options, and color before you visit a Subaru retailer. Go into the Subaru retailer prepared with the price and financing, and you'll be armed to negotiate the best price and terms.

Affordability, fuel mileage, all-weather, all-terrain capability, and safety are four reasons why the 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Subaru Outback, and the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek are among the ten most popular new models this winter.

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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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Francis Collins (not verified)    December 8, 2022 - 3:42PM

Hey Denis,
It has been widely stated that there are no changes in the construction of 2022–2023 Subaru Forrester models.
Would you please look into the new groves in the roof line parallel to the rack posts.