Which new vehicles will be the hardest to find for new car shoppers this spring? An updated Kelley Blue Book (KBB) report reveals the five hardest-to-find vehicles. They now include two Subaru SUVs, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2023 Subaru Forester.
The 5 Cars That Are The Hardest To Find
KBB and Cox Automotive data show the best-selling vehicles for the 30 days that ended March 27, and they are in the shortest supply. The models with the lowest inventory are the Kia Telluride, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Forester. Unfortunately, these models will be the hardest for new car shoppers to find this spring.
Why are the two Subaru SUVs popular with new car shoppers?
There are three reasons; number one, they are affordable. As new car prices and interest rates rise, Crosstrek and Forester are Subaru of America’s most affordable SUVs. Check each model’s pricing below.
What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek?
The 2023 Crosstrek comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium ($26,020), Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720), and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38.070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).
What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Forester?
The 2023 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,620, Premium ($30,620), Sport ($32,190), Limited ($34,300), Wilderness ($35,245), and Touring ($37,720). Pricing includes dealer fees ($1,225).
The second reason is that the Crosstrek and Forester are fuel efficient. According to AAA data, gas prices are up this spring, with the average cost now $3.69 per gallon for regular unleaded.
What is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek’s gas mileage?
The Subaru Crosstrek uses direct injection on its new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine and gets 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2.0-liter engine gets 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, contributing to better mileage.
What is the 2023 Subaru Forester’s gas mileage?
The Subaru Forester comes with standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA-estimated 29 combined mpg and 26/33 city/highway mpg. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine powers the Forester.
The third reason is that the Crosstrek and Forester come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather and all-terrain performance. And it doesn’t hurt fuel efficiency.
Affordability, fuel mileage, and all-weather, all-terrain capability are why the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2023 Subaru Forester are among the five hardest-to-find new models this spring.
If you can’t find a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, you can order the new 2024 model. Here is the latest configurator website to see which trim is best for you and the option packages. Pricing is listed below.
For 2024, the Crosstrek will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Wilderness trim levels and has a starting price of $26,290 (the same MSRP as the 2023 Base model equipped with the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission).
The 2024 Crosstrek Premium has a starting price of $27,440, Sport ($30,290), Limited ($32,190), and Wilderness ($33,290). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225, $1,295 for Wilderness).
The 2024 Crosstrek Base and Premium trim levels will arrive this spring for U.S. customers. The 2024 Crosstrek Sport and Limited will be available this summer. The 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness comes this fall for North American customers.
What is the Crosstrek and Forester inventory outlook?
We expect the 2024 Crosstrek inventory to improve as the Sport, Limited, and Wilderness trim levels are now manufactured at the plant in Lafayette, Indiana. In addition, the new Forester inventory should also improve as Subaru has increased production space on its assembly lines in Gunma, Japan.
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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 Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker’s models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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