The 2022 Subaru Forester Dominates Consumer Reports, Again

The Subaru Forester is no stranger to Consumer Reports’ recommended list. Following the 2021 Subaru Forester’s number one position on the Compact SUVs list, the 2022 Subaru Forester follows suit as the new number one. Now that we have come to the 2022 Subaru Forester release date, something tells me the positive reviews are likely to come pouring in for this strong, compact SUV. 

the 2022 Subaru Forester release date has come and Consumer Reports gave it a glowing review.
2022 Subaru Forester | Subaru

When is the 2022 Subaru Forester release date? 

The 2022 Subaru Forester release date was last month. The number-one-rated compact SUV is likely to crush sales estimates after another killer review and rating from Consumer Reports. The 2022 Forester landed the exact same score as the 2021 Subaru Forester, 89/100. With Consumer Reports, a score this high is like the teacher in high school who “never gave 100s;” it’s very good. 

What makes the Forester the best compact SUV? 

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is seen parked in the woods covered in mud
Subaru Forester Wilderness | Subaru

The newest Subaru Forester is another model in a long line of dependable, affordable, all-around adventure-ready SUVs. The Forester has all the major automotive food groups; good fuel economy, reliability, a roomy interior, and tons of standard safety features. 

Consumer Reports will rarely recommend the most exciting cars, but, in a way, this is what helps you to trust in their objectivity. 

What engine does the new Forester have? 

Subaru went with a 2.5-liter boxer again, but this time with a little more power. The little SUV now has 182 hp, but that doesn’t mean it’s any faster. The new Subaru Forester still takes over 9 seconds to hit 60 mph. In case you were wondering, that is very slow. 

Thankfully, I doubt many buyers are expecting speed from the Forrester. I’d argue the allure of the Forester is the opposite of performance; it’s utility. The 2022 Subaru Forester still gets monster gas mileage at 28 mpg on average, even with the little bump in power.  

Consumer Reports calls the Subaru “quite responsive in the corners.” This is a welcomed surprise but not overly hard to believe.  They report little body roll and comfortable steering weight. Although, CR mentions that the Mazda CX-5 and others out-handle the Forester if that is characteristic customers are interested in. 

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness trim deserves a shout out

A blue Subaru Forester Wilderness drives through the forest on a dirt road. It's better than the 2023 Kia Sportage for off-road driving.
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness | Subaru

While the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness trim is a bit of an upsell, it beautifully encompasses the Subaru ethos. The Wilderness trim is basically a Subaru Forester dressed up for camping (meant in the best way possible.) The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness touches on the fun and excitement that many need to drop the cash on a new car with a suspension lift, tough-looking black cladding, a front skid plate, rad new badges, and upgraded lighting. It will likely not serve as a hardcore off-roader, but this trim rounds out the Forester as one of the best SUVs you can buy, period. Across all trims, there is something for everyone, from the newly-licensed teen to the enthusiast; the Subaru Forester is a tough model to beat. 

How much does the Subaru Forester cost? 

From the base model up to the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness and beyond, the Forester will run anywhere from $25,195-$35,295. Considering what is offered from the Forester, this is a reasonable price. From safety and utility to adventure readiness, the Subaru Forester is simply one of the best SUVs on the market.

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