Consumer Reports Rates the 2021 Subaru Forester as the Best For City Driving

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Subaru makes some of the best cars on the market today, and it’s not unusual for a Subaru to get a great review. As such, it’s no surprise that the 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the best cars for city driving. Here’s a look at exactly why critics think that’s the case.

What’s necessary for the city

While many cars can and do drive around in the city, other cars are simply better equipped for the task. That’s because, like Consumer Reports said, a couple of factors matter more for city cars than they do for cars that are more common in rural areas. One of the most important considerations, for example, is a car’s size in all manner of speaking. 

If a car’s too big, then it’s probably going to have a tough time parking anywhere or even navigating through rush hour. If a car’s too small, then you’re not going to be able to do much shopping while in the city.

And then of course there are the ride considerations. If a car has an uncomfortable ride, then you are going to feel every single pothole. And if a car has a terrible city MPG, then you’re going to blow a lot of money being stuck in traffic. 

Safety’s also a concern, but namely for others. Cars that come with an automatic emergency braking system and a pedestrian detection system are great for city driving, according to Consumer Reports. With all of these factors in mind, it’s clear why the 2021 Subaru Forester is being recognized.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is the best SUV for city driving

As far as SUVs go, Consumer Reports rated the Subaru Forester as the best of them all. The Forester, which starts at under $25,000 MSRP, has everything that Consumer Reports wants in a car for city driving. It’s not the smallest SUV, nor does it have the smallest turning radius, but it strikes a great balance between those factors and having a roomy interior and more cargo capacity.

On top of that, the Forester gets a respectable 20 MPG in the city, and there’s also a PHEV option for those who want to pump those numbers up some more. Additionally, it has a very comfortable ride, and automatic emergency braking with a pedestrian detection system is also standard.

All those things make it a great car for city driving, but the Forester excels in other areas too. For example, Consumer Reports praised its controls, its handling, as well as its reliability. Overall, Consumer Reports gave the Subaru Forester a score of 89 out of 100, which made it the best compact SUV of the year.

There are other good options for city driving too

The 2021 Subaru Forester | Zhe Ji/Getty Images

Although the Subaru Forester may be the best option, it’s not the only good option for city driving, at least as far as SUVs go. Consumer Reports recommends two other SUVs that are great for city driving, and they’re both compact SUVs as well. 

The first is the Honda CR-V, which is similar to the Forester in many ways. The CR-V has good gas mileage, a great balance between size and space, as well as the standard safety features that are necessary for city driving. With that being said, the CR-V does have some issues, according to Consumer Reports. Namely, its owner satisfaction rating is about average, and as a result, its overall score is 81 out of 100.

A second option is the Toyota RAV4. As with the other two SUVs, the RAV4 meets the criteria for city driving that Consumer Reports wants. It has a good turning radius, a fair balance between size and space, and automatic emergency braking with a pedestrian detection system. That said, its ride is a bit stiff, and its reliability and satisfaction ratings are about average. Overall, Consumer Reports only gave the RAV4 a score of 72 out of 100.

You can’t go wrong with any of these options, but you can definitely go right with the Subaru Forester.

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