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Subaru Forester And Crosstrek Are The Most Satisfying SUVs You Can Buy Under $30,000

The 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Crosstrek are smart choices that make their owners happy. See why owners say they would buy them again.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a compact SUV that will be a smart choice and make you happy. A new survey from Consumer Reports (by subscription) reveals four compact SUVs under $30,000 that most satisfied their owners in its latest Annual Auto Surveys.

When asked, “Would you buy this car again if you had to do it all over again,” owners of the 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman, and 2020 Mazda CX-5 all said they would definitely buy the same car again. These owners were the most satisfied with their compact SUV.

2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

In the same Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey, Subaru was the brand most loved by owners more than any other mainstream automaker. Subaru received similar results in the American Customer Satisfaction Index report.

Why should I buy a Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester (starting at $25,505) scored a 5 out of 5 rating in predicted owner satisfaction and CR says there are six reasons why. The compact SUV “delivers a combination of a roomy interior, excellent visibility, commendable fuel economy, simple controls, a comfortable ride, and responsive handling” for customers. In the road test, it gets a 90 out of a possible 100 points.

Why should I buy a Subaru Crosstrek?

In CR’s annual owner survey, 77 percent of Subaru Crosstrek owners said they would buy the car again. Owners like the Crosstrek’s standard all-wheel-drive, its all-weather go-anywhere capability, multi-purpose utility, fuel mileage, and it’s high on the fun-to-drive meter.

2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Some owners have complained about the Crosstrek’s lack of power and Subaru is bringing a new 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited model with a bigger 2.5-liter engine this summer. If you can wait, it could be an even better subcompact SUV choice.

The Subaru Crosstrek (starting at $23,155) also scored high in CR’s Annual Auto Survey in reliability. They found they have been relatively problem-free as reported by car owners in their survey.

The 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Crosstrek are smart choices under $30,000. Their owners said if they had to do it all over again, they would buy the compact SUV again.

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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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