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The New Subaru Forester SUV And Outback Wagon Just Scored Best Buy Awards

The 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback get Best Buy awards. See what it means for SUV shoppers.


What are the best compact SUVs and mid-size SUVs? According to Consumer Guide, the 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback are the best in their respective segments. CG tested more than 150 new vehicles to find the top models in each class to help consumers determine the best model to fit their needs.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is selected best compact SUV because it "stands out as one of the most practical, spacious, versatile, off-road-capable, and easy-to-see-out-of vehicles in its class." CG singles out the new Forester Sport trim as the right choice for consumers.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback

CG says the Forester offers high value because of its excellent fuel mileage and top safety and technology features. They say, "The airy, spacious cabin and extra-wide rear cargo opening are key advantages as well."

What's new for the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Subaru Forester gets optional features that are now standard, and Subaru improves visibility on the new model. All 2021 Forester trims come standard with steering responsive LED headlights, high beam assist, and rear seatbelt reminder. You can read about pricing and a detailed look at every trim level here.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Outback is selected best because it offers the "best of both worlds" as it offers a car-like ride and has an SUV versatility. CG says, "What's more, it's solidly built and offers an excellent range of comfort and safety features."

CG says the Outback offers high value because of its cargo room, on-road driving dynamics, all-weather off-pavement capabilities, and luxury. The report says the Onyx Edition XT trim comes with a new turbocharged engine, but they say it "exhibits a bit of "turbo lag," a delay in power delivery before the turbo spools up.

Torque News drove the new model and did not experience any issues with the 2.4-liter engine. You can read our full report here.

What's new for the 2021 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is redesigned for the 2020 model year and comes with a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine option. The 2021 Subaru Outback gets new cabin upgrades, standard safety features, adaptive LED headlights, a front- and rear-passenger seatbelt reminder, and a rear-seat reminder, letting the driver know anything they left behind. You can read about pricing and a detailed look at every trim level here.

Consumer Guide says the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Outback are the best buys for consumers in the compact SUV and mid-size car segments.

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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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