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Reliability - The 3 Best Subaru Forester Models And 4 Years You Should Avoid

Is the 2022 Subaru Forester the automaker’s best vehicle? Consumer Reports says the 2022 Forester is the highest-rated compact SUV. See which used models are the best and which years to avoid.

Is the 2022 Subaru Forester a reliable vehicle? An updated ranking by vehicle segment from Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Forester is the highest-rated vehicle in the compact SUV segment. Are all Subaru Forester model years reliable? Check out the used Forester years you should avoid.

Consumer Reports (CR) says the Forester is the number one rated compact SUV overall with 90 points. It outscores the Hyundai Tucson (89 points), Toyota RAV4 Prime (88), Honda CR-V (84), Ford Bronco Sport (82), and Mazda CX-5 (82).

2022 Subaru Forester features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage
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CR’s overall scores are based on road tests, reliability, safety scores, and owner satisfaction.

Is the 2022 Subaru Forester reliable?

Consumer Reports says, “We expect the 2022 Forester will be more reliable than the average new car.” This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020, and 2021 models. CR data comes from its latest owner surveys on how vehicles hold up in seventeen potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

2022 Subaru Forester features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage
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The best used Forester years

If you are looking for a used Forester, Consumer Reports says the 2020 and 2021 Subaru Forester have the best overall reliability rankings. The 2019 model year is rated slightly lower.

What used Forester years should you avoid?

Consumer Reports says some Forester models are worse than others for reliability. CR says 2006-2010 Forester models have the worst reliability. 2017, 2014, 2013, and 2012 Forester are model years that could have reliability issues.

Affordability is important to new SUV shoppers.

What is the price of the 2022 Forester?

The 2022 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), new Wilderness ($34,695), and Touring ($37,170). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,175).

What is the Forester fuel mileage?

The average AAA U.S. gas price is close to $4.65 per gallon, so fuel efficiency is also essential for new SUV shoppers.

The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. The Forester comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine.

Which Subaru model is the best all-wheel-drive vehicle? Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Forester is the highest-rated compact SUV and is a good pick for new vehicle shoppers. The 2020 and 2021 Forester are good picks for used SUV shoppers.

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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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Alfredo de Leon (not verified)    December 17, 2022 - 8:06AM

Please quote a Forester variant which has these specs as much as possible: sunroof, awd, 7 seater, etc,