You aren't alone if you can't find a new 2023 Subaru Forester or 2023 Subaru Crosstrek. With the new model scarcity, a used Forester or Crosstrek is a good option for compact SUV shoppers. With higher gas prices, fuel efficiency is essential, and reliability ranks high on car buyers' lists.
Which previously owned 5-year-old compact SUVs are the most reliable and fuel-efficient? An updated Consumer Reports study (by subscription) says the 2018 Forester and 2018 Crosstrek are among the top-ranked models for fuel efficiency and reliability. They also come with standard safety features with the highest crash scores.
Consumer Reports compiled the list of used compact SUVs that also scored well in their road tests, and each returned 25 mpg or better in their tests. Consumer Reports says the nine models listed below are ranked in order of their fuel economy results from CR's tests when they were new.
The 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Used Compact SUVs
The top nine Consumer Reports' most reliable and fuel-efficient five-year-old compact SUVs are the Toyota RAV4, Honda HR-V, Lexus NX, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-3, BMW X1, Nissan Rogue Sport, Subaru Crosstrek, and Subaru Forester.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
How fuel-efficient is the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek?
CR says the owner reported fuel mileage is 29 mpg. The EPA estimates for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek are 27/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg with the CVT automatic transmission.
Is the Subaru Crosstrek a reliable vehicle?
The Subaru Crosstrek scored a 5/5 in predicted reliability, a 4/5 in owner satisfaction, and a 4/5 in fuel economy.
What is the price of the Crosstrek?
CR says a used 2018 Crosstrek price range is $18,700 - $22,175. With new 2022 Crosstrek models scarce, prices may be higher as retailers raise the price of low-mileage Crosstrek SUVs.
Crosstrek safety scores
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek earned Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and has a five-star rating with the NHTSA.
What did Consumer Reports say about the Crosstrek?
CR says, "The Crosstrek is an Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height, added body cladding, and large wheels intended to give it a more rugged look. In our tests, we got 26 mpg overall from the 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, making it among the most fuel-efficient subcompact SUVs of the time."
2018 Subaru Forester
How fuel-efficient is the 2018 Subaru Forester?
CR says the owner's predicted fuel mileage is 28 mpg. The EPA estimates for the 2018 Subaru Forester are 26/32 city/highway mpg and 28 combined mpg with the 2.5-liter engine and CVT automatic transmission.
Is the Subaru Forester a reliable vehicle?
The Subaru Forester scored a 4/5 in predicted reliability, a 4/5 in owner satisfaction, and a 4/5 in fuel economy. CR says a used 2018 Forester price range is $18,375 - $25,175. With new 2022 Forester models scarce, prices may be higher as retailers raise the price of a low-mileage Forester SUV.
Forester safety scores
What did Consumer Reports say about the Forester?
Consumer Reports says, "The logical Forester's boxy styling, big windows, and thin roof pillars supply excellent visibility, while large doors deliver easy access. Rear-seat room is spacious, and there's plenty of cargo space. We got an excellent 26 mpg overall from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission."
What type of gasoline do the Subaru Crosstrek and Forester require?
The Subaru Crosstrek and Forester engines are designed to run on 87-octane or regular unleaded gasoline. You don't need to pay for the more expensive mid-grade or premium fuel.
What makes the Crosstrek and Forester a good choice for used SUV shoppers this winter?
The Crosstrek and Forester come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7 inches of snow-clearing ground clearance, and X-Mode for additional all-weather and all-terrain winter driving performance.
With the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2023 Subaru Forester model shortages, Consumer Reports says a five-year-old Crosstrek and Forester are among the nine best compact SUVs. They are fuel-efficient, reliable, and safe compact SUVs and should be on your shopping list this winter.
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.
Subaru Report - We’ve got you covered! Check back tomorrow for more unique, informative SUBARU news, reviews, and previews you can trust.
Leave your comments below, share the article with friends and tweet it out to your followers!
Photo credit: Subaru