Subaru Forester Depreciation

A Subaru Forester will depreciate 48% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $15,323.

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, 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 $2,508 91.48% $26,926 13,500 2021
2 $6,570 77.68% $22,864 27,000 2022
3 $8,495 71.14% $20,939 40,500 2023
4 $11,326 61.52% $18,108 54,000 2024
5 $14,111 52.06% $15,323 67,500 2025
6 $16,277 44.70% $13,157 81,000 2026
7 $18,164 38.29% $11,270 94,500 2027
8 $19,188 34.81% $10,246 108,000 2028
9 $20,351 30.86% $9,083 121,500 2029
10 $21,493 26.98% $7,941 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $2,508 91.48% $26,926
2 $6,570 77.68% $22,864
3 $8,495 71.14% $20,939
4 $11,326 61.52% $18,108
5 $14,111 52.06% $15,323
6 $16,277 44.70% $13,157
7 $18,164 38.29% $11,270
8 $19,188 34.81% $10,246
9 $20,351 30.86% $9,083
10 $21,493 26.98% $7,941

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If you purchase a used Subaru Forester that is 2 years old, then you could save $6,570 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 $7,541. 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 2015 Subaru Forester is our top pick for the best model year value for the Forester. With the 2015, you would only pay, on average, 52% of the price as new, with 58% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2014 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 $26,749 $261 $2,685 9.12% 91.48%
2018 $28,527 $22,503 $342 $4,246 15.87% 77.68% Better
2017 $28,171 $20,507 $466 $1,996 8.87% 71.14% Good
2016 $27,235 $17,304 $548 $3,203 15.62% 61.52% Good
2015 $26,803 $14,667 $713 $2,637 15.24% 52.06% Best
2014 $26,660 $12,933 $1,015 $1,734 11.82% 44.7% Better
2013 $24,885 $10,686 $1,158 $2,247 17.37% 38.29%
2012 $24,493 $9,780 $1,253 $906 8.48% 34.81%
2011 $24,493 $9,001 $1,442 $779 7.97% 30.86%
2010 $24,503 $8,094 $1,484 $907 10.08% 26.98%
2009 $24,936 $7,209 $1,711 $885 10.93% 22.05%
2008 $23,944 $6,164 $2,033 $1,045 14.5% 17.25%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $29,434 100%
2019 $26,749 91.48%
2018 $22,503 77.68% Better
2017 $20,507 71.14% Good
2016 $17,304 61.52% Good
2015 $14,667 52.06% Best
2014 $12,933 44.7% Better
2013 $10,686 38.29%
2012 $9,780 34.81%
2011 $9,001 30.86%
2010 $8,094 26.98%
2009 $7,209 22.05%
2008 $6,164 17.25%
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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 April 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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