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New Subaru Forester Is The Only SUV Under $26,000 Rated To Last At Least 15 Years

Is the Subaru Forester reliable? A new study shows the 2021 Subaru Forester is the best Compact SUV under $26,000 for value and reliability.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is now rated the Compact SUV category's best value under $26,000 to last at least 15 years. A new study from iSeeCars says that Forester earns the most likely to reach 200,000 miles and the only compact SUV under $26,000 in its longest-lasting car rankings. The next two models are the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe, both more than $26,000.

What is the price of the new Forester?

The 2021 Subaru Forester MSRP, including destination and delivery, has a starting MSRP of $25,845. The 2020 Honda CR-V starts at $26,270with destination and delivery. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe has a starting MSRP of $27,450, including destination and delivery.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

While these prices are for base trims, most buyers will opt for the Premium or Sport trims when choosing the Forester. The well equipped Premium starts at $3000 more ($28,845) still under $30,000. The Sport trim pictured above starts at 30,445.

How is the Forester reliability?

In Consumer Reports testing, the 2020 Subaru Forester scored a 3/5 in predicted reliability since its complete makeover in 2019. According to the Car Problems website, the Forester's total number of problems decreased by 75 percent in the 2020 model year. The biggest complaint for the 2019 model year was cracked windshields. New models typically improve in reliability in years after a complete redesign.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

According to Consumer Reports, the Forester should be on your shopping list. Overall, Consumer Reports ranks the 2020 Subaru Forester the number one model among sixteen compact SUVs. Forester scored high in five areas; reliability, fuel mileage, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction.

Forbes recently compiled a list of the top 10 cars most likely to run over 250,000 miles. It's not a surprise the Subaru Forester made the top 5 vehicles list that is most-reliable and able to pile up the miles.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is value-priced, and it's a vehicle to buy if you plan on keeping it for years. The new study by iSeeCars, says it's the best new car under $26,000 in the compact SUV segment.

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Joe Newman (not verified)    October 1, 2020 - 5:54AM

Could you please address the cost of a new CVT in a Forester? If you are unfamiliar, it is close to $10,000. Would you risk owning a vehicle whose transmission had that kind of price tag?

Patrickj (not verified)    October 1, 2020 - 11:13AM

In reply to by Joe Newman (not verified)

The lack of aftermarket rebuilds for CVTs is a problem for long-term ownership. I have a CVT Subaru with 130K miles, and struggling with the idea of spending money on things that are not immediately necessary, but would be needed if I were to keep the car for another 30-50K.

Vhh (not verified)    October 1, 2020 - 10:31AM

How does anyone know whether a newly redesigned model car will go over 200k miles until it actually does in 5+ years? More than a few new models have been less reliable than their predecessors, including the Forester. This article is pure paid hype. For shame.

J kirk (not verified)    October 2, 2020 - 11:39AM

Lies. The cvt will stop working. I mean just stop working then your stuck with a big rock. subaru does not stand behind their vehicles. Trade in values are a joke even when your looking at another subaru. Dont buy subaru go elsewhere