Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 47% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $15,465.

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. It also assumes a selling price of $29,434 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.

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $3,453 88.27% $25,981 13,500 2021
2 $6,422 78.18% $23,012 27,000 2022
3 $8,498 71.13% $20,936 40,500 2023
4 $11,718 60.19% $17,716 54,000 2024
5 $13,969 52.54% $15,465 67,500 2025
6 $16,142 45.16% $13,292 81,000 2026
7 $17,967 38.96% $11,467 94,500 2027
8 $18,847 35.97% $10,587 108,000 2028
9 $19,594 33.43% $9,840 121,500 2029
10 $20,851 29.16% $8,583 135,000 2030

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,453 88.27% $25,981
2 $6,422 78.18% $23,012
3 $8,498 71.13% $20,936
4 $11,718 60.19% $17,716
5 $13,969 52.54% $15,465
6 $16,142 45.16% $13,292
7 $17,967 38.96% $11,467
8 $18,847 35.97% $10,587
9 $19,594 33.43% $9,840
10 $20,851 29.16% $8,583

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If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $6,422 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 $7,547. 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 $276 $0 0% 100%
2019 $28,955 $25,879 $319 $3,555 12.08% 88.27%
2018 $28,527 $22,704 $401 $3,175 12.27% 78.18% Better
2017 $28,171 $20,563 $525 $2,141 9.43% 71.13% Good
2016 $27,235 $17,001 $607 $3,562 17.32% 60.19% Best
2015 $26,803 $14,853 $772 $2,148 12.63% 52.54% Better
2014 $26,660 $13,114 $1,074 $1,739 11.71% 45.16% Good
2013 $24,885 $10,911 $1,217 $2,203 16.8% 38.96%
2012 $24,493 $10,123 $1,312 $788 7.22% 35.97%
2011 $24,493 $9,690 $1,501 $433 4.28% 33.43%
2010 $24,503 $8,687 $1,543 $1,003 10.35% 29.16%
2009 $24,936 $7,631 $1,770 $1,056 12.16% 23.5%
2008 $23,944 $6,885 $2,092 $746 9.78% 20.02%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $29,434 100%
2019 $25,879 88.27%
2018 $22,704 78.18% Better
2017 $20,563 71.13% Good
2016 $17,001 60.19% Best
2015 $14,853 52.54% Better
2014 $13,114 45.16% Good
2013 $10,911 38.96%
2012 $10,123 35.97%
2011 $9,690 33.43%
2010 $8,687 29.16%
2009 $7,631 23.5%
2008 $6,885 20.02%

Considering financing? Try our Subaru Forester Loan Calculator, which will steer you away from unattractive loan structures that put you in a bad financial position relative to the value of your vehicle. Customize a loan that is right for you, or try some basic options, No Money Down, 10% Down and 20% Down.

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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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