The 2022 compact SUV Subaru Forester, the 2022 mid-sized SUV Outback and the Legacy sedan are the best new vehicles for everyday use. What does that mean for SUV and car buyers? According to a new study from Consumer Reports, the three Subaru models and the six models below are the easiest to drive every day with comfortable seats, easy controls and good visibility.
CR .’s nine easiest to drive new vehicles
The Volkswagen Jetta wins the small sedan category, the Subaru Legacy and Kia K5 in 2022 rank best among the midsize sedans, Toyota Camry is the best hybrid sedan, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 Prime are the best small SUVs2022 Subaru Outback scores best 2-row SUV, Chevrolet Traverse is the best mid-size 3-row SUV and the Honda Odyssey is the best minivan.
What were Consumer Reports’ criteria in choosing the top models?
CR says: “We looked for vehicles with the highest scores on nine variables. The nine new models offer smooth rides, easy access, uncomplicated infotainment systems and unobstructed views. They have quick-to-read gauges, a quiet interior and a nice driver. high reliability, owner satisfaction and road test scores.
2022 Subaru Forester
Consumer Reports says: “As in years past, the Forester is a no-nonsense practical vehicle with a spacious interior, a smooth ride and good fuel economy. Large doorways provide easy access. An upright driving position and high windows provide an easy view out.”
What is the Forester’s best trim level?
Unlike other Subaru models, the Forester has a simple infotainment system, with physical buttons and buttons that make the climate control easier to use. CR says the Premium trim offers one-zone automatic climate control, and the All-Weather package adds heated front seats and side mirrors. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assistand adaptive cruise control are standard on all trim levels,” says CR.
2022 Subaru Outback
Consumer Reports says: “With its slightly elevated ride height and upright driving position, the Outback has most of the benefits of an SUV in an easier-to-manage, not quite SUV package. It outperforms comparable SUVs in handling, but offers strong off-road capability for light use. Visibility to the outside is excellent and the interior is spacious, with plenty of cargo space, especially with the rear seats folded down.”
What is the Outback’s best trim level?
CR says, like the Forester, the Outback Premium trim comes standard with Subaru’s safety technology, and automatic rear braking is optional. “Both front and rear doors provide good access to the seats, which are smooth and supportive. The Outback has a quieter cab than the taller, slightly smaller Forester, and the roof rack crossbars can easily be swiveled to the side when not in use. used to reduce wind noise at highway speeds,” says CR.
2022 Subaru Legacy
Consumer Reports says, “The Legacy sedan is a perennial favorite among CR testers, in no small part because it offers the kind of smooth ride, quiet cabin and desirable features often seen in luxury cars that cost a lot more money. Legacy also delivers the best ride comfort of any of the mid-sized sedans we tested, eclipsing even much more expensive sedans, such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus LS, in the ride comfort category.”
What is the Legacy’s best trim level?
CR says the Premium trim includes supportive leather seats and a power driver’s seat, and with the more basic cloth seats on offer, the lower trims are comfortable too. Heated and ventilated front seats are available and add a little extra comfort in inclement weather.
“Smart roof pillars provide excellent outward visibility and the Legacy’s driver’s seat can accommodate people of different heights. Regardless of equipment, generously padded armrests contribute to driver comfort,” says CR.
Consumer Reports says they conducted the survey to find the easiest-to-drive new vehicles after hearing Nancy Williams, a retired public school administrative assistant, talk about her 2018 Subaru Forester.
Until Williams leased her first Subaru Forester, with its large windows, comfortable seats and easy handling, she always thought of her vehicle as “just a way to get me from here to there.”
“It’s a perfect size,” says the 74-year-old, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky. “The GPS screen is large and easy to follow, and you can take a few kids in it.”
Along with the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, Consumer Reports says the 2022 Outback midsize SUV and Legacy sedan are the best in their category for everyday use.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Checking out Subaru Report where he handles all models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
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