Does Subaru Outback Hold Its Value?

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 07/10/22 •  3 min read

A Subaru Outback that is purchased and resold after five years will depreciate by 45%, and its 5 year resale value will be a little over $9,000. This is based on the price that new cars are supposedly valued at around $34,000.

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The downtime of the Outback is similar to that of the Subaru Forester, but the downtime of the Outback is more rapid and steady. The result is that less downtime is experienced in the beginning and a higher depreciation as the car ages. Subaru’s home turf is New England, and the roads are snowy and salty. So it is possible that Subaru’s Outback keeps losing value as the car ages.

Should You Buy a Subaru Outback New or Used?

If you buy an older Subaru Outback that is already two years old, you will save $6,788 compared to buying a new model. This still leaves you with a model that hasn’t had much wear and tear. If you are planning to keep the vehicle for three years, you would also have to subtract the cost of depreciation on the car from $9,021. Look for places that have depreciation sweet spots where the cost of these items is lowest. It is in your best interest to get one that is at least two years old. If this is too new of a model to be possible, it may be better to wait or look for other options.

Which Model Year of the Subaru Outback Should You Buy?

The 2018 Subaru Outback is our best pick for best value when it comes to model year value. You can expect to pay just 70% of its original price if you purchase the 2018 year model. Even so, this model year can be expected to retain above %70 of its life. There are also two other model years, 2020 and 2016, that are good options to look into.

How Long Can a Subaru Last?

Subarus consistently last 200,000+ miles, which is 13+ years. This is achievable as long as you keep your Subarus up-to-date with routine maintenance, care, and in an overall ideal condition. The brand is well-known for being reliable and long lasting, with a low cost of ownership. They are also known for their very high value, ranking them as one of the top vehicles of all time when it comes to their value.

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How to Make a Subaru Outback Last?

If you want to make your Subaru last as long as possible, there are a few things you can do. First of all, buy a Subaru that is two years old or older. This is because they have less miles on them, which means they will be less likely to break down. The more miles they have on them, the more likely they are to break down.

Second of all, don’t drive it hard and expect it to last forever. Drive it gently and properly, so that it doesn’t break down too soon. Lastly, do regular maintenance so that the car lasts longer and runs well for a longer period of time.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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