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Subaru has a good history of producing reliable cars. This high-level reliability is beneficial in multiple ways, including fewer hassles, better performance and safety, longevity, and less money spent on repairs. And the most reliable Subaru model of all is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV. The Crosstrek also tops CR’s list of best small SUVs. 

2023 Subaru Crosstrek is the most reliable Subaru model

Front angle view of red 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, most reliable Subaru model and best small SUV, says Consumer Reports
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Consumer Reports named the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek the most reliable Subaru model. Per USA Today, each year, the organization puts out a list of the most reliable new cars — following the annual Auto Reliability Survey. And for the most recent one, the Crosstrek is the only Subaru model to earn a spot on the list. 

Here is the Consumer Reports top 10 list of most reliable new cars:

  1. 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
  2. 2023 Lexus GX
  3. 2023 MINI Cooper 
  4. 2022 Toyota Prius
  5. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  6. 2023 Lincoln Corsair 
  7. 2023 Toyota Corolla
  8. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek 
  9. 2023 BMW 3 Series
  10. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime

The Crosstrek is also the only subcompact SUV — as well as the only non-luxury SUV model to make the list. Furthermore, Consumer Reports isn’t alone in highlighting the reliability of the Crosstrek. RepairPal gave it an “excellent” reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is the best for all of the small SUVs that the automotive site evaluated. 

Subaru Crosstrek tops the list of best small SUVs

Dashboard in 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, most reliable Subaru model and best small SUV, says Consumer Reports
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

In addition to being the most reliable Subaru model, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek tops the Consumer Reports list of the best small SUVs. It beats out other popular subcompact SUVs, such as the Toyota Corolla Cross, Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Chevy Trailblazer.

Along with high-level reliability, there are a number of factors that make the Crosstrek a great choice for a small SUV. With its standard all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and protective exterior cladding, it provides off-road capabilities. These attributes are also beneficial for driving in the snow and other adverse weather conditions.

Plus, with its high-quality suspension, well-balanced steering, and composed ride, the Crosstrek provides good handling. It handles more like a sedan than an SUV

Additionally, the Crosstrek is a safe vehicle — evidenced by its IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Also, it offers an array of safety-enhancing driving assistance technologies, such as lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, high beam assist, and blind-spot detection. 

Furthermore, there’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model, which enables you to drive with electric-only power for short distances. Also, the PHEV is very efficient, with an estimated fuel economy of up to 90 MPGe in electric mode and 35 mpg in hybrid mode. 

New Special Edition model 

The 2023 Crosstrek is a carryover model — for Subaru didn’t make any major modifications to the small SUV in advance of the redesigned 2024 model. The only addition in 2023 is the Special Edition trim. It has a distinctive Desert Khaki exterior paint color and Dark Gray 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The Special Edition also features a Crystal Black Silica front bar grille, door handles, antenna, and side mirrors. Plus, inside the cabin, there is red and black upholstery.

2023 Crosstrek: Best small SUV — and most reliable Subaru vehicle

For fans of the Subaru brand that want a reliable subcompact SUV, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is a great choice. It’s the most reliable Subaru model — and the best small SUV.

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