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Subaru Forester Picked Over Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 As 2017 Best Small SUV

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The 2017 Subaru Forester SUV has made it into Consumer Reports’ list of “Best Cars of the Year.” The Subaru managed to beat the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 in its ranking, despite the brand dropping in its overall rating.

Subaru fell in Consumer Reports’ annual analysis of auto brands but it still remains in the top five of all automakers. This was because Subaru’s stable of AWD models are still capable of high-level performance across their whole series, revealed CR.

According to CR, Subaru saw a slight drop from second to fifth place as “the previously very reliable” Legacy sedan and Outback models have fell to only average levels. Even the WRX and WRX STI fell below average. However, the Forester still manages to say on top. It received high reliability ratings as well as owner satisfaction ratings.

When tested on the road, the Forester managed to score an impressive 85 points. These evaluations include instrumented track tests as well as assessments of comfort and convenience.

CR adds that the Forester nabs the top Small SUV segment as it comes with “relatively roomy packaging, fuel efficiency, solid reliability and easy access.”

1 Comment

  1. Lee

    March 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Subaru permanently alienated many, many, owners when a a class action suit was necessary to force the manufacturer to take responsibility for a design defect in one of their supplier’s piston rings. The defect caused affected Outbacks and Foresters to use as much as a quart of oil per 500 miles. Every manufacturer can have a problem but only the best manufacturers will acknowledge the problem promptly and make it right. Subaru was a huge disappointment. It remains to be seen how the long-term consequences shake out for Subaru’s bottom line.