Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 47% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $15,529.

The Subaru Forester does slightly above average when it comes to overall depreciation. Unlike most vehicles whose value falls fast when new, and then levels off, the Forester's declining value is slow and steady, with no obvious entry points on what is a good model year to buy. Whereas the Forester holds its value reasonably well in the first few years, consider a 2-year or 3-year lease, where residual values will be higher, and your lease payments lower as a result.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year, and assumes a purchase price of $29,434 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $3,391 88.48% $26,043 13,500 2021
2 $6,361 78.39% $23,073 27,000 2022
3 $8,436 71.34% $20,998 40,500 2023
4 $11,653 60.41% $17,781 54,000 2024
5 $13,905 52.76% $15,529 67,500 2025
6 $16,077 45.38% $13,357 81,000 2026
7 $17,899 39.19% $11,535 94,500 2027
8 $18,776 36.21% $10,658 108,000 2028
9 $19,524 33.67% $9,910 121,500 2029
10 $20,780 29.40% $8,654 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,391 88.48% $26,043
2 $6,361 78.39% $23,073
3 $8,436 71.34% $20,998
4 $11,653 60.41% $17,781
5 $13,905 52.76% $15,529
6 $16,077 45.38% $13,357
7 $17,899 39.19% $11,535
8 $18,776 36.21% $10,658
9 $19,524 33.67% $9,910
10 $20,780 29.40% $8,654

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If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $6,361 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $7,544. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used Forester models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Subaru Forester

The 2016 Subaru Forester is our top pick for the best model year value for the Forester. With the 2016, you would only pay, on average, 60% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2015 and 2018 model years are also attractive years for the Forester, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the Forester's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Subaru Forester models.

Subaru Forester Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $29,434 $29,434 $217 $0 0% 100%
2019 $28,955 $25,879 $261 $3,555 12.08% 88.48%
2018 $28,527 $22,704 $342 $3,175 12.27% 78.39% Better
2017 $28,171 $20,563 $466 $2,141 9.43% 71.34% Good
2016 $27,235 $17,001 $548 $3,562 17.32% 60.41% Best
2015 $26,803 $14,853 $713 $2,148 12.63% 52.76% Better
2014 $26,660 $13,114 $1,015 $1,739 11.71% 45.38% Good
2013 $24,885 $10,911 $1,158 $2,203 16.8% 39.19%
2012 $24,493 $10,123 $1,253 $788 7.22% 36.21%
2011 $24,493 $9,690 $1,442 $433 4.28% 33.67%
2010 $24,503 $8,687 $1,484 $1,003 10.35% 29.4%
2009 $24,936 $7,631 $1,711 $1,056 12.16% 23.74%
2008 $23,944 $6,885 $2,033 $746 9.78% 20.26%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $29,434 100%
2019 $25,879 88.48%
2018 $22,704 78.39% Better
2017 $20,563 71.34% Good
2016 $17,001 60.41% Best
2015 $14,853 52.76% Better
2014 $13,114 45.38% Good
2013 $10,911 39.19%
2012 $10,123 36.21%
2011 $9,690 33.67%
2010 $8,687 29.4%
2009 $7,631 23.74%
2008 $6,885 20.26%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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