2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
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Subaru Crosstrek And Forester - The Most Reliable And Fuel-Stingy SUVs Under $30,000

Are the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Crosstrek reliable vehicles? How fuel-efficient are they? A report by Consumers Reports says they are best in class.
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With all the compact SUVs available, which ones are the most reliable and most fuel-efficient? Consumer Reports says two Subaru models, the 2020 Forester and 2020 Crosstrek, are reliable, and the most fuel-stingy under $30,000. The Forester received a full remodel in 2019, and Crosstrek was all-new in 2018.

Consumer Reports (by subscription) compiled the list of small SUVs that scored well in their road tests, have average-or-better predicted reliability ratings, and get 28 mpg overall. CR says the highly-awarded Forester is one of the best in the compact SUV category, and the Crosstrek scores highest.

2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The top five Consumer Reports' most reliable and fuel-efficient compact SUVs under $30,000 are the Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-3. The Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid also made the CR list. Lexus UX and Lexus NX make a top seven list, but both are over $30,000.

According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru models should be on your shopping list. The 2020 Crosstrek subcompact SUV and 2020 Forester compact SUV score high in five areas; reliability, fuel mileage, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction.

How fuel efficient are the Crosstrek and Forester?

2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

In Consumer Reports testing, the Subaru Crosstrek non-hybrid model returned 29 mpg overall, and says it "delivers impressive ride comfort and competent and enjoyable handling."

The Crosstrek's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 28/33 city/highway and 30 combined mpg. The new 2021 Crosstrek with the 2.5-liter engine gets an estimated 27/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

In Consumer Reports testing, the Subaru Forester with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder CVT returned 28 mpg overall in their tests, "among the best in class." The EPA estimates for the 2021 Subaru Forester are 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.

Are the Subaru Forester and Crosstrek reliable vehicles?

The Subaru Crosstrek scores a 5/5 in predicted reliability since its complete remodel in 2018. The Subaru Forester scored a 3/5 in predicted reliability since the makeover in 2019. According to the CarProblems 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.

Overall, Consumer Reports scores the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek number one among twelve subcompact sport-utility vehicles in reliability, fuel mileage, performance, safety, and owner satisfaction. CR ranks the 2020 Subaru Forester number one among sixteen compact SUVs. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Subaru Forester arrive now with multiple improvements.

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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 and the founder of 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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