Subaru Outback Depreciation

A Subaru Outback will depreciate 45% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $18,902.

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 year, 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 $5,609 83.61% $28,616 13,500 2021
2 $8,491 75.19% $25,734 27,000 2022
3 $10,137 70.38% $24,088 40,500 2023
4 $13,392 60.87% $20,833 54,000 2024
5 $15,323 55.23% $18,902 67,500 2025
6 $18,163 46.93% $16,062 81,000 2026
7 $20,176 41.05% $14,049 94,500 2027
8 $22,229 35.05% $11,996 108,000 2028
9 $23,526 31.26% $10,699 121,500 2029
10 $24,895 27.26% $9,330 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $5,609 83.61% $28,616
2 $8,491 75.19% $25,734
3 $10,137 70.38% $24,088
4 $13,392 60.87% $20,833
5 $15,323 55.23% $18,902
6 $18,163 46.93% $16,062
7 $20,176 41.05% $14,049
8 $22,229 35.05% $11,996
9 $23,526 31.26% $10,699
10 $24,895 27.26% $9,330

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If you purchase a used Subaru Outback that is 2 years old, then you could save $8,491 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 $6,832. 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, 75% 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 $27,659 $261 $6,566 19.18% 83.61% Better
2018 $31,459 $23,997 $342 $3,662 13.24% 75.19% Best
2017 $31,202 $22,425 $466 $1,572 6.55% 70.38% Good
2016 $29,279 $18,370 $548 $4,055 18.08% 60.87% Better
2015 $28,840 $16,642 $713 $1,728 9.41% 55.23% Good
2014 $26,437 $13,421 $1,015 $3,221 19.35% 46.93%
2013 $26,337 $11,970 $1,158 $1,451 10.81% 41.05%
2012 $26,549 $10,558 $1,253 $1,412 11.8% 35.05%
2011 $26,016 $9,575 $1,442 $983 9.31% 31.26%
2010 $25,130 $8,334 $1,484 $1,241 12.96% 27.26%
2009 $23,599 $7,793 $1,711 $541 6.49% 25.77%
2008 $23,855 $7,063 $2,033 $730 9.37% 21.09%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $34,225 100%
2019 $27,659 83.61% Better
2018 $23,997 75.19% Best
2017 $22,425 70.38% Good
2016 $18,370 60.87% Better
2015 $16,642 55.23% Good
2014 $13,421 46.93%
2013 $11,970 41.05%
2012 $10,558 35.05%
2011 $9,575 31.26%
2010 $8,334 27.26%
2009 $7,793 25.77%
2008 $7,063 21.09%
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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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