Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 40% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $17,698.

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 12,000 miles per year. It also assumes a selling price of $29,674 when new. Enter your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated miles driven annually. Our depreciation calculator will predict an expected resale value for the Subaru Forester.

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Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $4,326 85.42% $25,348 12,000 2022
2 $5,519 81.40% $24,155 24,000 2023
3 $8,172 72.46% $21,502 36,000 2024
4 $10,718 63.88% $18,956 48,000 2025
5 $11,976 59.64% $17,698 60,000 2026
6 $15,312 48.40% $14,362 72,000 2027
7 $17,709 40.32% $11,965 84,000 2028
8 $18,060 39.14% $11,614 96,000 2029
9 $18,932 36.20% $10,742 108,000 2030
10 $20,956 29.38% $8,718 120,000 2031

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $4,326 85.42% $25,348
2 $5,519 81.40% $24,155
3 $8,172 72.46% $21,502
4 $10,718 63.88% $18,956
5 $11,976 59.64% $17,698
6 $15,312 48.40% $14,362
7 $17,709 40.32% $11,965
8 $18,060 39.14% $11,614
9 $18,932 36.20% $10,742
10 $20,956 29.38% $8,718

Buying a Subaru Forester New vs Used

If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $5,519 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 $6,457. 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.

What About Subaru Forester Insurance Costs?

The average cost to insure a Subaru Forester is about $1,442 per year. This adds up to around $7,210 after 5 years of vehicle ownership. Unlike depreciation, this expense can often be lowered by shopping around for lower insurance premiums. Comparing quotes will ensure that you are not overpaying if you already own a Subaru Forester. Or, if you are just researching, then it would be money-wise to know this cost before buying. Try our Competitive Quote Tool or the form below to get free quotes. Advertising Disclosure

The Best Model Years to Buy a Subaru Forester

The 2020 Subaru Forester is our top pick for the best model year value for the Forester. With the 2020, you would only pay, on average, 85% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2017 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
2021 $29,674 $29,674 $268 $0 0% 100%
2020 $29,434 $25,456 $314 $4,218 14.21% 85.42% Best
2019 $28,955 $23,959 $389 $1,497 5.88% 81.4% Good
2018 $28,527 $21,179 $507 $2,780 11.6% 72.46% Better
2017 $28,171 $18,601 $606 $2,578 12.17% 63.88% Better
2016 $27,235 $17,004 $761 $1,597 8.59% 59.64%
2015 $26,803 $14,049 $1,076 $2,955 17.38% 48.4% Good
2014 $26,660 $11,951 $1,201 $2,098 14.93% 40.32%
2013 $24,885 $11,058 $1,318 $893 7.47% 39.14%
2012 $24,493 $10,358 $1,491 $700 6.33% 36.2%
2011 $24,493 $8,709 $1,513 $1,649 15.92% 29.38%
2010 $24,503 $7,506 $1,698 $1,203 13.81% 23.7%
2009 $24,936 $6,844 $1,967 $662 8.82% 19.56%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $29,674 100%
2020 $25,456 85.42% Best
2019 $23,959 81.4% Good
2018 $21,179 72.46% Better
2017 $18,601 63.88% Better
2016 $17,004 59.64%
2015 $14,049 48.4% Good
2014 $11,951 40.32%
2013 $11,058 39.14%
2012 $10,358 36.2%
2011 $8,709 29.38%
2010 $7,506 23.7%
2009 $6,844 19.56%

Subaru Forester Depreciation Rankings

Depreciation Rankings

We've ranked over 200 models from best to worst for Depreciation. See where the Subaru Forester ranks for Depreciation compared to other vehicles. Also check out how the Forester stacks up in our rankings for Maintenance, Insurance and Overall Costs.

Depreciation Rankings

Other Subaru Forester Costs of Ownership

Finding a car or truck that saves on depreciation costs is important. But, it's also imperative to view all major Subaru Forester costs. This will ensure that you are finding the vehicle that provides you the best value, at the lowest cost. We've created tools that will also help you to save on the following ownership expenses: