Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 41% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $17,635.

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 $3,549 88.04% $26,125 12,000 2022
2 $5,588 81.17% $24,086 24,000 2023
3 $7,074 76.16% $22,600 36,000 2024
4 $9,125 69.25% $20,549 48,000 2025
5 $12,039 59.43% $17,635 60,000 2026
6 $14,407 51.45% $15,267 72,000 2027
7 $16,454 44.55% $13,220 84,000 2028
8 $18,238 38.54% $11,436 96,000 2029
9 $19,107 35.61% $10,567 108,000 2030
10 $19,980 32.67% $9,694 120,000 2031

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $3,549 88.04% $26,125
2 $5,588 81.17% $24,086
3 $7,074 76.16% $22,600
4 $9,125 69.25% $20,549
5 $12,039 59.43% $17,635
6 $14,407 51.45% $15,267
7 $16,454 44.55% $13,220
8 $18,238 38.54% $11,436
9 $19,107 35.61% $10,567
10 $19,980 32.67% $9,694

Buying a Subaru Forester New vs Used

If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $5,588 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 $6,451. 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 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, 88% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2019 and 2016 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 $276 $0 0% 100%
2020 $29,434 $26,234 $320 $3,440 11.59% 88.04% Best
2019 $28,955 $23,906 $402 $2,328 8.87% 81.17% Better
2018 $28,527 $22,252 $526 $1,654 6.92% 76.16% Good
2017 $28,171 $20,116 $607 $2,136 9.6% 69.25%
2016 $27,235 $16,959 $773 $3,157 15.69% 59.43% Better
2015 $26,803 $14,864 $1,075 $2,095 12.35% 51.45% Good
2014 $26,660 $13,096 $1,218 $1,768 11.89% 44.55%
2013 $24,885 $10,903 $1,313 $2,193 16.75% 38.54%
2012 $24,493 $10,225 $1,502 $678 6.22% 35.61%
2011 $24,493 $9,545 $1,543 $680 6.65% 32.67%
2010 $24,503 $8,563 $1,770 $982 10.29% 27.72%
2009 $24,936 $7,579 $2,092 $984 11.49% 22%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $29,674 100%
2020 $26,234 88.04% Best
2019 $23,906 81.17% Better
2018 $22,252 76.16% Good
2017 $20,116 69.25%
2016 $16,959 59.43% Better
2015 $14,864 51.45% Good
2014 $13,096 44.55%
2013 $10,903 38.54%
2012 $10,225 35.61%
2011 $9,545 32.67%
2010 $8,563 27.72%
2009 $7,579 22%

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: