Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 22% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $27,481.

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 $35,200 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 $341 99.03% $34,859 12,000 2022
2 $1,267 96.40% $33,933 24,000 2023
3 $2,908 91.74% $32,292 36,000 2024
4 $4,544 87.09% $30,656 48,000 2025
5 $7,719 78.07% $27,481 60,000 2026
6 $10,754 69.45% $24,446 72,000 2027
7 $12,859 63.47% $22,341 84,000 2028
8 $16,167 54.07% $19,033 96,000 2029
9 $17,871 49.23% $17,329 108,000 2030
10 $19,124 45.67% $16,076 120,000 2031

Subaru Forester Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $341 99.03% $34,859
2 $1,267 96.40% $33,933
3 $2,908 91.74% $32,292
4 $4,544 87.09% $30,656
5 $7,719 78.07% $27,481
6 $10,754 69.45% $24,446
7 $12,859 63.47% $22,341
8 $16,167 54.07% $19,033
9 $17,871 49.23% $17,329
10 $19,124 45.67% $16,076

Buying a Subaru Forester New vs Used

If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $1,267 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 $6,452. 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 $1,471 per year. This adds up to around $7,355 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 2021 Subaru Forester is our top pick for the best model year value for the Forester. With the 2021, you would only pay, on average, 99% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2020 and 2019 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
2022 $35,200 $35,200 $279 $0 0% 100%
2021 $35,144 $35,128 $325 $72 0.2% 99.03% Best
2020 $29,434 $28,774 $400 $6,354 18.09% 96.4% Better
2019 $28,955 $27,081 $518 $1,693 5.88% 91.74% Better
2018 $28,527 $25,461 $617 $1,620 5.98% 87.09%
2017 $28,171 $22,765 $772 $2,696 10.59% 78.07% Good
2016 $27,235 $20,002 $1,087 $2,763 12.14% 69.45% Good
2015 $26,803 $18,225 $1,213 $1,777 8.88% 63.47%
2014 $26,660 $15,744 $1,329 $2,481 13.61% 54.07%
2013 $24,885 $13,752 $1,502 $1,992 12.65% 49.23%
2012 $24,493 $12,709 $1,524 $1,043 7.58% 45.67%
2011 $24,493 $11,420 $1,709 $1,289 10.14% 39.65%
2010 $24,503 $10,073 $1,978 $1,347 11.8% 33.04%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2022 $35,200 100%
2021 $35,128 99.03% Best
2020 $28,774 96.4% Better
2019 $27,081 91.74% Better
2018 $25,461 87.09%
2017 $22,765 78.07% Good
2016 $20,002 69.45% Good
2015 $18,225 63.47%
2014 $15,744 54.07%
2013 $13,752 49.23%
2012 $12,709 45.67%
2011 $11,420 39.65%
2010 $10,073 33.04%

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: