Subaru Forester vs. Ford Bronco Sport – CR Says There’s a Clear Winner

Will the 2022 Subaru Forester or the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport perform better, and which compact SUV is better? Which has more interior space, and which model is easier to use? Those are the questions owners answered in a Consumer Reports owner survey.

Consumer Reports (with subscription) takes an in-depth look at the Forester and Bronco Sport to dive deeper into where the new compact SUV came out on top.

What Consumer Reports love about the Subaru Forester

According to Consumer Reports, the best attributes of the 2022 Forester are excellent outdoor visibility, headroom, front and rear seat comfort, fuel economy, ride dynamics, ride quality, direct control, 36.5 cubic feet of cargo space, safety technology and top safety score. CR says Forester also ranks above average for predictable reliability and owner satisfaction, based on data from the Annual Automated Owner Survey.

CR says the Forester needs a bit more power, the automatic CVT “has a clear buzz during acceleration,” and it falls short of cabin refinement. Finally, CR says, “blind spot warning is not available on the base Forester. It’s optional on the Premium trim and standard on the Sport, Wilderness, Limited and Touring trims. We think this important safety feature should come standard.”

Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Subaru Forester at number one out of twenty-three compact SUVs with an overall score of 90 points.

What Consumer Reports like about the Ford Bronco Sport

Overall, CR says, “The Bronco Sport is a fun vehicle that’s fairly easy to use. It’s based on the same platform as the Ford Escape but has an adventurous look. It can handle some gravel and slightly damaged trails, but not for climbing. hardcore cliff.”

CR says Ford has made progress in its standard safety offerings. Like Forester, it is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and lane guard assistance are standard.

What Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the Ford Bronco Sport

CR says the standard 181 horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder “is not an example of power, refinement or efficiency. The Bronco Sport is fine cruising around town during revs above 1,500 rpm. But the engine vibrates annoyingly if you dip in below it, like traveling at about 40 to 50 mph on a two-lane secondary road. There is also a noticeable vibration when the stop/start system restarts the engine.”

The Bronco Sport’s 25 mpg overall fuel economy in our tests was three mpg below the Subaru Forester. The Sport also gives the Forester an overall length of 9 inches (173 inches vs. 182 inches) even though they share the same 105-inch wheelbase. The shorter length is visible in the available cargo space. We can only measure 30.5 cubic feet of usable cargo space on the Ford, whereas the Subaru can fit 36.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport number seven out of twenty-three compact SUVs with an overall score of 82 points.

2022 Subaru Forester


Consumer Reports says the Forester scores better and has above-average reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. The Bronco Sport’s road test scores are good but nowhere near the Forester, says CR, and “it has above-average predictable reliability and owner satisfaction, plus standard BSW, which gives the overall score a bit of a bulge.”

CR says, “Forester is a rational choice, given its excellent visibility, easy cab access, spacious rear seats, good-sized cargo area and strong fuel economy. Lack of standard blind spot warning is the only drawback.”

How much will the 2022 Subaru Forester cost?

Forester 2022 comes in six trim levels; Base Forester starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), New Wilderness ($34,695) and Touring ($37,170). Prices include destination and shipping costs ($1,175).

Consumer Report Forester mover report

What is Forester’s fuel mileage?

Owning an all-wheel-drive SUV usually means sacrificing fuel economy, but that’s not the case with the new Forester. Subaru uses direct injection in its four-cylinder Boxer engine for efficiency. The automaker is also using the automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), contributing to better mileage.

The updated 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine powers the Forester. It gets an EPA estimate of 29 mpg combined and 26/33 mpg city/highway. In CR testing, the Forester achieved an Overall 28 mpg / City 20 / and Highway 38 mpg.

The bottom line is: Overall, Consumer Reports thinks the 2022 Subaru Forester is the best compact SUV against the Ford Bronco Sport and says, “The limitations of the Bronco Sport are reflected in its lower road test score; it just doesn’t ‘unmatch the Forester in comfort’.” and convenience.”

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out the Subaru Report where it covers all the models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on Subaru’s Torque News page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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