Subaru Forester and Outback take home 2022 ozroamer car of the year awards

Friday, 1st April 2022


In a double victory, the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback have been awarded winners of OzRoamer’s 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) awards!

Subaru Forester* has been crowned OzRoamer’s 2022 AWD SUV under $45,000 and the Subaru Outback has been named OzRoamer’s 2022 AWD SUV $45,000 - $60,000.

OzRoamer’s annual COTY awards are widely regarded as the industry’s most comprehensive and independent review of the 4WD and AWD SUVs in the Australian market.

Built with advanced technology, safety, comfort and off-road confidence, the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback continue to stand apart in their respective segment and win the hearts of many consumers across Australia.

Commenting on the wins, OzRoamer Editor, Rob Fraser, said: “In a world of mid-size AWD SUVs the Subaru Forester stands alone with its Symmetrical AWD system and Boxer engine. The level of responsiveness while providing a smooth and quiet ride is class leading.

"Forester is the best AWD SUV in its segment and offers buyers a true adventure ability along with excellent ride handling and a premium interior.


"In a crowded segment the Outback stands apart. Driver ergonomics are excellent, and it has best in class AWD capability, towing capacity, comfort and safety all for a stunning price. Smooth and quiet on the road, turn off the main roads to explore and the Outback is ready for whatever adventures you want."

Previously, Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium was named AWD SUV $45,000 - $60,000 in OzRoamer’s 2016 COTY awards and in 2019, the Forester 2.5i-S won the award for the best AWD SUV $40,000 - $50,000.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Blair Read, said: “We’re thrilled that two Subaru SUVs have been presented top honours at the OzRoamer 2022 Car of the Year awards!

"Forester and Outback deliver an outstanding package, combining a suite of advanced safety features, all round capability and driver comfort that continue to appeal to a broad range of Australian customers.

"These awards are again testament to Subaru’s permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as best in class and we acknowledge the fine workmanship from the Subaru engineers to develop two excellent SUVs."

*The OzRoamer 2022 AWD SUV under $45,000 is applicable for naturally aspirated variants in the range, excluding hybrid variants.