Is the 2022 Subaru Forester Good on Gas?

Gizmo Highlights:

Does the 2022 Subaru Forester get good gas mileage?

The fuel economy of this Forester model is:

  • Great compared to all other cars.
  • Excellent compared to other non-hybrid cars.
  • Good compared to other non-luxury cars.
  • Great compared to other compact SUVs.
  • Decent compared to other 4-cylinder cars.

The 2022 Forester has a great fuel economy, with a combined gas mileage of 29 MPG (26 MPG city – 33 MPG highway). In comparison, the average car in 2022 has a gas mileage of 23.95 MPG (not including fully electric vehicles).

The 2022 Forester is 21% more fuel-efficient than the average vehicle and is in the 80th percentile of fuel economy for all cars.

  • (base) AWD SUV – 26/33 MPG (29 MPG Combined)
  • Limited AWD SUV – 26/33 MPG (29 MPG Combined)
  • Touring AWD SUV – 26/33 MPG (29 MPG Combined)
  • Sport AWD SUV – 26/33 MPG (29 MPG Combined)
  • Premium AWD SUV – 26/33 MPG (29 MPG Combined)
  • Wilderness AWD SUV – 25/28 MPG (26 MPG Combined)

The 50th percentile or median gas mileage for all cars in 2022 is 23 MPG. You can generally gauge how good a car’s fuel economy is by looking at which percentile of gas mileage it falls under.

If your gas mileage is above the median, you are better than the majority. If your gas mileage falls below the 50 percentile, then most people have a better gas mileage than you.

Consider the 0-35th percentiles as bad, the 40th-60th percentiles as acceptable, and the 65th-100th percentiles as good.

Cost of Fuel

The 2022 Subaru Forester takes regular unleaded, the price of which will vary depending on where you live.

At $3.5 per gallon of regular unleaded, driving this SUV will cost you:

  • 1-mile trip: $0.12
  • 5-mile trip: $0.6
  • 15-mile trip: $1.81
  • 10000 miles per year: $1206.9
  • 12500 miles per year: $1508.62
  • 15000 miles per year: $1810.34

When driving 15000 miles per year, the average and median cost of fuel for all cars is $2676.92 and $2550 respectively (in 2022).

The 2022 Forester is 32.4% less costly to drive than the average vehicle in 2022. It is in the 15th percentile of fuel costs for all cars, meaning it’s less expensive to drive than most vehicles.


The 2022 Subaru Forester can go 481.4 miles on a full tank of gas.

Compared to other cars, the range of the Forester fares very well. The average range for all vehicles, in 2022, is 417 miles. Its range falls into the 82nd percentile, above the median of 414 MPG.

By Vehicle Category

The 2022 Subaru Forester is classified as a compact SUV. The average and median fuel economy for this segment is 26.2 MPG and 25 MPG, respectively. This puts it in the 79th percentile of the gas mileage for compact SUVs.

The 2022 Forester is a non-luxury vehicle. Non-luxury cars are, on average, 20.8% more fuel-efficient than their luxury counterparts.

The average gas mileage for non-luxury cars is 26.52 MPG.

The average SUV has a gas mileage of 23.41 MPG. The 2022 Forester is 23.88% more fuel-efficient than the average SUV.

By PowerTrain

The 2022 Subaru Forester is a gas car. This means that the car is powered by a gasoline engine, which takes gasoline as a fuel source.

The average combined gas mileage for a gas car is 22.75 MPG. At 29 MPG, the 2022 Forester is 27.47% more fuel-efficient than the average gas vehicle. It is in the 85th percentile of gas mileage for the segment, putting it above the median of 22 MPG.

The 2022 Subaru Forester is fitted with a 4-cylinder engine. The average and median fuel economy for a 4-cylinder car is 28.67 MPG and 27 MPG respectively.

Horsepower-Gas Mileage Multiple

The 2022 Subaru Forester has a gas mileage-horsepower multiple of 5278 MPG.HP. The average compact SUV has an MPG-HP multiple of 6899. The higher the number, the better.

The gas mileage-horsepower multiple is an easy-to-understand indicator of how efficiently the powertrain moves the vehicle, relative to its power.

Heavier vehicles and cars with undersized engines will typically have lower scores. Sports cars and hybrids typically score higher. It’s best to compare scores with cars that are in the same vehicle category.

Vs. Other Subaru Cars

2022 Subaru cars have an average fuel economy of 28.17 MPG. The median (50th percentile) is 29 MPG. With a gas mileage of 29 MPG, the Forester is placed in the middle of its brand’s lineup in terms of fuel economy for 2022.

There are 12 2022 Subaru models and trims (by per engine spec) sold in the United States. The Forester ranks 6 by fuel economy, tied with the 2022 Outback.

Carbon Emissions

The 2022 Forester emits 10133 pounds of carbon per year.

The average 2022 automobile, driving 15000 miles, burns roughly 13149 pounds of carbon per year.

Gizmo Score

We score the fuel economy of the 2022 Subaru Forester based on how well it fares when compared to other vehicles of its year. An average or standard score is 50.

Many factors are considered, such as the vehicle’s category, power, weight, and engine size (relative to other vehicles). For example, if a full-size pickup truck and a small sedan both do 25 MPG, the full-size pickup truck will typically have the higher score. This is because 25 MPG is considered excellent gas mileage for a pickup truck, but bad gas mileage for a small sedan.

All factors are not weighed equally, however. Most points go towards the fuel economy relative to all vehicles.

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