Subaru Forester Gets Overlooked 12 Straight Years At The Texas Truck Rodeo
The 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the best compact SUVs for off-road use but gets passed over again at the 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo. The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) announced the rodeo winners, and Subaru Forester gets overlooked for the twelfth straight year.
In October, TAWA members traveled to Star Hill Ranch outside Austin, Texas, to evaluate 39 trucks and SUVs on a new off-roading course designed for the event. Drivers also had the opportunity to drive the vehicles on-road as well.
This year, the fifth-generation Subaru Forester loses to the 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim, which took home the Compact Utility Vehicle of Texas title for a second consecutive year.
2008 was the last time the Subaru Forester won the best Compact SUV award from the Texas Truck Rodeo. In 2006, the Forester compact SUV came in second place to the Toyota Matrix. 2009 was the last time Subaru got an award from the TAWA. The Texas association named the Subaru Outback Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle eleven years ago.
Since the Forester won the award in 2008, the compact SUV had seen two major model changes; one in 2014 and the newest-generation model in 2019.
Subaru redesigned the Forester for the 2019 model year with a new Sport trim that features a new dual-function X-Mode off-road hardware that improves off-pavement performance. You can read about the all-new feature here.
Torque News tested both Forester Sport and Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road and came up with our pick for the best dirt road warrior. We chose the Forester for its superior off-road ability due to one feature; dual-function X-Mode.
Subaru made the upgrade to the Forester in 2019 for improved off-road ability. The new dual-function X-Mode has settings for snow, dirt, and mud and is the latest addition to the fifth-generation Forester.
The 2021 Subaru Forester Sport could be the best compact SUV for off-road use. The TAWA doesn’t say which Forester trim level they brought to the 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo, but the compact SUV gets overlooked now for the twelfth straight year.
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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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