These 2021 Subaru Models Are Both Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’

Consumer Reports released its Top Picks of 2021 list. As always, some brands made out better than others in terms of models afforded the honor. This year, two 2021 Subaru models made the cut as Consumer Reports Top Picks. 

a subaru logo on a grille with water droplets
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Subaru is not the only brand with more than one model on the list. In fact, Toyota has four among the 10––if you include the 2021 Lexus RX which has a spot as the best midsize SUV priced from $45,000-$55,000. The other Toyota models on the list are the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Camry, and the Toyota Corolla. 

Which Subaru models are Consumer Reports’ Top Picks of 2021?

a red 2021 Subaru Forester driving on a scenic wooded road
2021 Subaru Forester | Subaru

The first model that you’ll see on the list as you scroll down the Consumer Reports page of winners is the 2021 Subaru Forester. This model earns its place as the favorite small SUV in the $25,000-$35,000 price bracket. The Subaru Forester has been a Top Pick for 8 years, Consumer Reports says. 

The next 2021 Subaru model that made it on the list is the 2021 Subaru Outback. Consumer Reports lists the 2021 Subaru Outback as the best SUV/wagon for a price between $35,000-$45,000. It’s a great vehicle for those that want a balance between SUV-like capability and car-like handling. 

Is the 2021 Subaru Forester is the No. 1 compact SUV? 

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Subaru Forester is the No. 1 Compact SUV. It’s won a spot as a Top Pick for eight years because it is a quality compact SUV. It’s a solid crossover with good safety ratings and appealing features. Plus, the 2021 Subaru Forester starts in an accessible price bracket. 

The 2021 Subaru Forester gets 20 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, with an average of 28 MPG. This compact SUV has fantastic outward visibility. Plus, it’s easy to get in and out of. Consumer Reports says, “the Forester stands out by being so easy to live with.”

The 2021 Subaru Outback has ‘hiking-boot styling’

a green subaru outback with bikes on top climbing a forested hill
Subaru Outback | Subaru

This is a wagon that’s aimed at a demographic that likes to go places. In the words of Consumer Reports, “The Outback deftly balances carlike driving manners and efficiency with SUV-like functionality.” Overall, this is just a good SUV that brings the best of both worlds together in one package. 

The 2021 Subaru Outback can handle intercity commuting and then hit the backcountry on the weekend. It features good safety ratings, a spacious cabin, and a good amount of cargo space. It’s Consumer Reports’ choice for the best-in-class midsize SUV. The 2021 Outback gets 16 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and an average MPG of 24. 

These 2021 Subaru models are some of the best SUVs you can buy

Considering these high-standing placements on one of the largest review websites out there, it’s safe to say that the 2021 Subaru Forester and the 2021 Subaru Outback are some of the best SUVs you can buy. If these two are in your budget, you might want to add them to your list of vehicles to take a look at. 

These 2021 Subaru models give the brand a nice presence among Consumer Reports’ Top Picks of 2021. They are both highly acclaimed SUVs in addition to being durable and safe (both achieved IIHS Top Safety Pick + status).

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