The redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester earned a solid second-place finish overall in our recent test to find the best compact SUV of 2019, where we gathered seven popular models for a week of testing. The Forester competed against the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Our testing included a fuel economy drive where we took the SUVs on a 200-plus-mile route consisting of suburban streets, interstates and country roads to simulate a short road trip.
At the end of our drive, our Forester Touring’s observed fuel economy was 27.9 mpg. That was good enough for third best in our test, but it’s less than the SUV’s 29 mpg EPA combined rating and well below its 33 mpg highway rating even though our route favored highway-type driving.
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