One of the worst things when you buy a new car is that it needs to go in for repairs in the first two or three years you own it. Consumer Reports has tested all new cars under $30,000 and found the top new cars that score highest in reliability.
One is the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek compact SUV, the other is the Subaru BRZ sport coupe. Both Subaru models were high-scoring cars in CR’s Annual Auto Surveys and found they have been relatively problem-free as reported by car owners in their survey.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek scored second best among the top 15 models chosen by Consumer Reports with an overall score of 85. The top model was the Mazda Miata MX-5 sport coupe (86). CR also ranked Crosstrek high for its good fuel economy, ride comfort, handling, and the easy-to-use infotainment system.
The 2020 Subaru BRZ two-door sport coupe scored fourth best with a score of 83. In addition to its reliability, the rear-drive sports car is praised for its responsive handling, agility, and quick steering.
The 2020 Toyota 86 sports coupe developed with Subaru, is made at the Subaru plant in Japan and is essentially the same car as the BRZ. It also scores high with an overall score of 81 points. The main differences between the 86 and BRZ are minor design, exhaust notes, and suspension tuning. The Toyota 86 also has a higher price tag.
Other cars that scored high in the CR tests were the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Kia Soul, Toyota Prius Prime, Toyota Prius, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Elantra GT, Nissan Altima, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Mazda CX-5. All come in under $30,000.
Consumer Reports also rated all subcompact models and compared with others in the category, it’s one of the best. Crosstrek scores a 5/5 for predicted reliability, the only model scoring higher is the Mazda CX-3 with a score of 89 points. The Honda HR-V comes in at 69 points.
If you buy a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek or BRZ, you shouldn’t be spending extra on unscheduled repairs.
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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