Trucks & SUVs

Subaru Dominates Consumer Reports’ 10 Best SUVs List

Subaru is well known for its high-quality vehicles and is often the SUV of choice for people living in snowy conditions. Subaru has also shown itself to be customer-oriented. From giving merit badges to its loyal customers to offering three months of payment relief for owners who have been laid off due to COVID-19, Subaru is aiming to please.

For anyone who needs proof of this, just check out Consumer Reports’ latest list of 10 Best SUVs You Can Buy Right Now. Four of the listed SUVs are Subarus. The Japanese automaker completely dominated the list, and other automakers are taking notice.

Subaru reigns supreme

With only 10 SUVs to make the list, you know that the ones that did have to be something special. Subaru had the most, with a total of four vehicles. Mazda came in second with the CX-9 and the CX-5. Other SUVs to make the list include the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander, and the Ford Edge.

If there was ever any doubt that Subaru is upping its game, this list is proof that the automaker is on a roll. Subaru has hit a few roadblocks – like when it tried to use eco-friendly wiring and ended up creating an epic feast for rodents – but for the most part, Subaru’s innovation has improved the brand. Most owners are highly satisfied with their purchase and have no regrets.

The 2020 Subaru Outback

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The Outback is probably one of the most well known Subarus, and with good reason. It’s one of the most reliable SUVs on the market, and many owners won’t drive anything else. With a price range from $26,645 to $39,695, most consumers can afford to buy one.

The Outback comes with a lot of great features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen. It also has a ton of safety features. The one major drawback to the Subaru Outback is that there is little to complain about, so when your friends are detailing all the things that have gone wrong with their vehicle, you won’t be able to join in the conversation.

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is another well known Subaru. It has a price range from $22,145 to $35,145, making it one of the most affordable Subarus on the lot. It’s also got the critics divided about whether it’s great or not.

They definitely agree that the Subaru Crosstrek is roomy, has a smooth ride, and isn’t a gas hog. Drivers don’t seem that conflicted, thankfully. It’s a dependable ride that gets owners where they want to go. And for those who want to visit the desert, there’s a lift kit designed specifically with the Crosstrek in mind that can get you there.

The 2020 Forester

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The Subaru Forester was fully redesigned in 2019, and Subaru really stepped up on this one. For owners who need something that’s fuel-efficient, the Forester is it. It can get up to 28 mpg, so you won’t feel the pressure at the pumps. Even better is the fact that Forester isn’t that expensive. It starts at $24,495 and tops out at $34,595.

The 2020 Forester might get only one engine option, but consumers don’t seem to care. Sales are doing just fine for this fierce little SUV, proving that a lack of options will turn consumers away. In fact, some owners are picking the Subaru Forester over the BMW X5. Considering the following that BMW has established over the years, that’s huge. 

The 2020 Ascent

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The 2020 Ascent is one of the most expensive vehicles Subaru offers. It has a price range of $31,100 to $43,265. That’s not surprising, given that the Ascent is a three-row SUV. 

Consumer Reports wasn’t pleased with the way the Ascent jumps when accelerating from a full stop, but overall, they like it. The Ascent comes with lots of standard features and has a smooth, pleasant ride. It tends to fly under the radar, but the 2020 Subaru Ascent is definitely an SUV worth giving a shot.