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Subaru Forester And Outback Score The Best Of 14 Small SUVs In 3 Key Areas

Are the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Outback the safest small SUVs? Check out a new report that says they score number one and two best of fourteen top models in safety and two other key areas.

How safe are the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Outback? A new report from iSeeCars says the Forester is the safest small SUV and the Outback a close second out of the top fourteen models. They also scored the best in value retention and reliability.

The 2022 Forester and 2022 Outback score a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both Subaru models earn the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback safety, reliability, value retention

The Subaru Forester and Outback are the only small SUVs to achieve a perfect NHTSA five-star rating.

The 2022 Forester compact SUV and 2022 Outback midsize SUV also scored highest in iSeeCars’ Quality Score for each model. They combined the small SUV’s safety scores (derived directly from its NHTSA ratings) with its reliability rating and value retention score.

The 2022 Forester and 2022 Outback earned an iSeeCars score of 8.7, the highest of all fourteen small SUVs. The Toyota RAV4 is #3 on the iSeeCars safest small SUV ranking, followed by the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Kim Sportage, Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet, Equinox, BMC Terrain, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Outback safety, reliability, value retention

The best resale value

In value retention, the Subaru Outback and Forester score highest in Kelly Blue Book’s 2021 Best Resale Value Awards. The 2021 Subaru Forester wins the Compact SUV category, and the 2021 Subaru Outback takes home the best Midsize SUV 2-row award. Read the complete study from Subaru Report here.

Long-term reliability

The Subaru Outback and Forester are ranked high by Consumer Reports in predicted reliability. In Consumer Reports Top-10 Picks of 2021, the 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2021 Outback midsize SUV make the list. They are picked exceptional performance models in safety, reliability, and owner satisfaction. Both Forester and Outback have overall scores among the highest in the Small SUV and midsize SUV categories. Read the complete report here.

If safety, value, and reliability are high on your list, the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Outback are top picks for shoppers looking for a small SUV. They get the highest scores of fourteen models for long-term reliability, value retention, and safety.

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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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