Subaru Outback Depreciation

A Subaru Outback will depreciate 46% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $18,464.

Similar to the Subaru Forester, the Outback's depreciation is slow and steady over time, resulting in relatively less depreciation in the early years, but higher depreciation as the car ages. Perhaps it is Subaru's home turf of New England, and their snowy, salty roads that result in the Outback continuing to lose value as the car ages.

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 $34,225 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 Outback Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $5,473 84.01% $28,752 13,500 2021
2 $9,066 73.51% $25,159 27,000 2022
3 $10,127 70.41% $24,098 40,500 2023
4 $13,160 61.55% $21,065 54,000 2024
5 $15,761 53.95% $18,464 67,500 2025
6 $18,105 47.10% $16,120 81,000 2026
7 $20,716 39.47% $13,509 94,500 2027
8 $22,982 32.85% $11,243 108,000 2028
9 $24,560 28.24% $9,665 121,500 2029
10 $25,487 25.53% $8,738 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $5,473 84.01% $28,752
2 $9,066 73.51% $25,159
3 $10,127 70.41% $24,098
4 $13,160 61.55% $21,065
5 $15,761 53.95% $18,464
6 $18,105 47.10% $16,120
7 $20,716 39.47% $13,509
8 $22,982 32.85% $11,243
9 $24,560 28.24% $9,665
10 $25,487 25.53% $8,738

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If you purchase a used Subaru Outback that is 2 years old, then you could save $9,066 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 $6,695. 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 Outback models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Subaru Outback

The 2018 Subaru Outback is our top pick for the best model year value for the Outback. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 74% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2019 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the Outback, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the Outback'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 Outback models.

Subaru Outback Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $34,225 $34,225 $217 $0 0% 100%
2019 $32,770 $27,792 $261 $6,433 18.8% 84.01% Better
2018 $31,459 $23,466 $342 $4,326 15.57% 73.51% Best
2017 $31,202 $22,436 $466 $1,030 4.39% 70.41% Good
2016 $29,279 $18,569 $548 $3,867 17.24% 61.55% Better
2015 $28,840 $16,273 $713 $2,296 12.36% 53.95% Good
2014 $26,437 $13,468 $1,015 $2,805 17.24% 47.1%
2013 $26,337 $11,554 $1,158 $1,914 14.21% 39.47%
2012 $26,549 $9,974 $1,253 $1,580 13.67% 32.85%
2011 $26,016 $8,788 $1,442 $1,186 11.89% 28.24%
2010 $25,130 $7,900 $1,484 $888 10.1% 25.53%
2009 $23,599 $7,081 $1,711 $819 10.37% 22.76%
2008 $23,855 $6,551 $2,033 $530 7.48% 18.94%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $34,225 100%
2019 $27,792 84.01% Better
2018 $23,466 73.51% Best
2017 $22,436 70.41% Good
2016 $18,569 61.55% Better
2015 $16,273 53.95% Good
2014 $13,468 47.1%
2013 $11,554 39.47%
2012 $9,974 32.85%
2011 $8,788 28.24%
2010 $7,900 25.53%
2009 $7,081 22.76%
2008 $6,551 18.94%
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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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