2022 Subaru Forester Continues the Small SUV’s 9-Year Winning Streak on Consumer Reports’ Top 10

It’s not unusual to see the Subaru Forester on a best compact SUV list, so it doesn’t surprise us that Consumer Reports recommends it as well. This year’s model has a few new pieces to add to its appeal, making Subaru‘s offering quite impressive. Still, what makes it even more astounding is that the 2022 Subaru Forester makes this the ninth year the model has made CR’s best list.

What are the best cars for 2022 according to Consumer Reports?

A 2022 Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV with a green paint color driving through snow near a forest
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For the 2022 model year, Consumer Reports lists what it feels are some of the best models in their respective categories. When it comes to compact cars, the Nissan Sentra is affordably priced. It falls within the range of approximately $19,000 to $22,000, plus you get a decent amount of safety features as standard. 

In the subcompact SUV category, we see Nissan again with the Rogue Sport. This model offers plenty of standard safety and driver’s assistance features, all for a price range of $24,000 to $30,000. 

Honda also has two models on the list. One is the Accord, which is rated #3 for midsize cars. The Ridgeline is the other, and it takes first place for the compact pickup truck category. 

Toyota has a few models as well. For the compact car category, the Prius and Prius Prime were in the #3 and #4 spots within this class. The Prius offers 52 mpg overall in fuel economy, while the Prius Prime gets you a 590-mile driving range with its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. 

For the compact SUV list, Toyota’s RAV4 Prime model, which is its hybrid version, came in at #3. CR recommends it due to its reliability and other standard features. However, the Lexus RX is slated as the best in the category when it comes to the luxury midsize SUV.

According to Consumer Reports, the luxury compact SUV recommendation is the Ford Mustang Mach-E, one of the company’s electric models. Drivers can get a range of 266 to 480 horsepower depending on the choice of an electric powertrain. Meanwhile, the midsize three-row SUV category goes to the Kia Telluride, priced at $33,000 for its base trim. 

How many times has the Subaru Forester made a Consumer Reports best list?

The Subaru Forester is no newbie to Consumer Reports’ best lists. Consumer Reports have recommended this SUV for the last nine years. The key to its success has been its stylish design, roominess, efficiency, and its fuel economy ratings. The Subaru Forester is a must-see from Consumer Report’s best cars of 2022 list. While there are others recommended by CR, the Forester has impressed the reviewers for nine years and counting. 

For its 2022 model year lineup, Subaru added a Wilderness trim to its lineup, which adds just the right elements for off-roading capabilities. Pricing for the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness begins at around $33,020, according to Subaru.

What makes the Subaru Forester so special?

In the compact SUV category, the Subaru Forester easily made the list. This model was the #1 vehicle in its category and offers plenty of standard features for the average buyer. Consumer Reports gave it an overall score of 90 out of a possible 100 points. The road test score alone was 90 points, and that was due to its improved ride and handling as well as its impressive 28 mpg overall fuel economy. Subaru’s price, which ranges from $25,000 to $35,000, gets you a lot of value. 

For instance, the Forester offers plenty of space for storage and elbow room for the driver and passenger. The suspension is also spot on since it absorbs just about any type of rough road surface. Steering is responsive, and there is not much body lean on curves. 

Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which isn’t exactly the quickest in the class, but it’s enough to pass and merge when you need it. This engine option is paired with a continuously variable transmission and, according to Consumer Reports, the acceleration time for a 0 to 60 mph run is 9.2 seconds.

The Forester received a four out of five rating for reliability, since it hasn’t had too many major problems in the last few years. As far as safety, it earned five stars in almost every crash test from NHTSA, and the IIHS gave it all good ratings. 

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