Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

4 of 7
Subaru Forester
Rank: 5
Subaru pulled off an amazing feat last year. It was the only mass-market automaker to manage a sales increase, albeit a modest one. A strong performance by the redesigned Forester crossover SUV was a big factor in that.

The Forester ranked as the fifth most successful new vehicle launch despite mediocre scores for quality and owner satisfaction in J.D. Power surveys. But it was the right product at the right time and Subaru gauged the market correctly. The Forester was priced right and Subaru didn't make the mistake of flooding the market too soon.

The competing Dodge Journey crossover, which ranked 24th out of 27 new vehicle launches last year, performed very poorly in J.D. Power's initial quality surveys. Owner satisfaction was about mid-grade, like the Forester. On the business side, the Journey was about average, according to J.D. Power. Although it didn't make huge profits for Chrysler and its dealers, it wasn't a flame-out either.

NEXT: Ford Flex

Last updated July 22 2009: 5:42 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
Black Friday 2015 in pictures Shoppers around the country braved the crowds to get their hands on the best Black Friday deals. More
Driving the ultimate in '50s Mercedes-Benz style The SC was the car that re-introduced Mercedes-Benz as a global luxury car icon. More
Driving the world's first car Driving a replica of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first internal combustion automobile. More

Special Offer