Subaru Scores 3 Of The 10 Best SUVs You Can Buy Right Now
Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2022 Outback midsize SUV, and 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV make up 30 percent of the ten best SUVs of any size you can buy today. The high-scoring models score well in performance, reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction.
CR’s ten best SUVs (by subscription) listed below are ranked from first to 10th. The Kia Telluride scores number one with a score of 97. The Hyundai Tucson is number two (93 points), followed by the 2022 Subaru Forester (90), Toyota RAV4 Prime (88), Toyota Highlander (88), Hyundai Palisade (87), 2022 Subaru Crosstrek (86), 2022 Subaru Outback (85), Mazda CX-9 (84), and Chevrolet Traverse (83).
The 2022 Forester is ranked #1 of twenty-five compact SUVs.
CR says the Forester “boasts a roomy interior, great fuel economy, and plenty of standard equipment. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a continuously variable transmission yields an excellent 28 mpg overall. The cabin has plenty of space, with a particularly generous rear seat for a small SUV, along with easy access. The controls are simple to use, including an infotainment system that’s compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.”
Where does the Forester need improvement?
“Acceleration from the 182 horsepower engine isn’t exactly exhilarating, though, and it gets loud when pushed’ said the new report.
The 2022 Crosstrek is ranked #1 of fifteen subcompact SUVs.
CR says, “The Crosstrek is an appealing option for buyers who want a small, versatile SUV. It delivers good fuel economy, 29 mpg overall, from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. All Crosstreks deliver impressive ride comfort along with competent and enjoyable handling on curvy roads. The infotainment system is also easy to use.”
Where does the Crosstrek need improvement?
“The Crosstrek isn’t very quick, though, and when drivers mash the throttle to accelerate, the engine gets loud. A more powerful 2.5-liter is a newly available option. There’s also a plug-in hybrid version, but while its 33 mpg overall fuel economy is quite good, the high purchase price hurts its value, “ the report says.
The 2022 Subaru Outback is ranked #1 of eleven midsize SUVs.
CR says, “The Outback looks more like a raised wagon than a traditional compact or midsized SUV, yet it’s a formidable competitor for either. It has a solid feel, with a very comfortable ride that outshines even some luxury SUVs. The high ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive help make the Outback ready to tackle light off-road duties. We were impressed with its handling agility in our accident-avoidance maneuver, which simulates swerving around a vehicle or an obstacle in the road. The uplevel 260-hp, turbocharged engine (denoted as XT in trim names) grants the Outback effortless punch and a quieter demeanor.”
Where does the Outback need improvement?
“The standard four-cylinder engine gets good fuel economy but becomes loud when pushed,” the report says.
The latest Consumer Reports’ ranking says the 2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, And 2022 Crosstrek are three of the best new SUVs you can buy right now and should be on your shopping list.
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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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