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5 Lowest Cost To Own Compact SUVs - New Subaru Forester Scores The Best

Is the 2021 Subaru Forester expensive to maintain? Check out the top five compact SUVs and the 5-year lowest cost-to-own.

Which five compact SUVs are the lowest cost-to-own? Kelly Blue Book analysis reveals that the 2021 Subaru Forester is the lowest cost-to-own in the competitive compact SUV segment and the best in class.

How much does it cost to maintain a 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 5-year cost to own is the total amount of vehicle-related costs you will likely have to pay for during the first five years of owning a car. The analysis includes out-of-pocket expenses like fuel, insurance, financing, maintenance, repairs, and vehicle depreciation (loss in value and resale value).

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

The 2021 Subaru five-year cost to own is $35,638 (including the purchase price). The Forester has the lowest depreciation of any compact SUV. All Subaru models hold their value better than other vehicles.

How does the Forester compare to the top compact SUVs?

In comparison, the Honda CR-V has a five-year cost to own of $37,255. The Hyundai Tucson is $37,512, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid; $39,190, and the Toyota RAV4; $39,341.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Forester comes in five trim levels, and the base trim has an MSRP of $25,845, Premium ($28,845), Sport ($30,445), Limited ($32,445), and Touring ($35,945). Pricing includes $1,050 destination.

What is the fuel mileage of the Forester?

The 2021 Subaru Forester, with standard all-wheel-drive, gets 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine and coupled with a CVT automatic transmission.

What Forester trim level offers the best value?

The 2021 Subaru Forester Premium trim hits the sweet spot and is a good option for most compact SUV shoppers. It comes with the features most buyers are looking for with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer for those who live in cold climates.

The Premium also brings a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, roof rails for carrying extra cargo, dark tint privacy glass to keep it cool in the summer, and a panoramic power moonroof.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs
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The 2021 Forester Sport is best for outdoor enthusiasts

The Sport trim is the best option for Forester buyers who lead active lifestyles. The 2021 Subaru Forester Sport adds features that offer the lineup's best value for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the Premium trim's features, Sport adds safety technology and increased all-weather capability.

One of the best features in the Forester lineup available on the Sport trims is dual-function X-Mode that adds deep snow and mud settings. The Sport trim brings the most features for outdoor enthusiasts who use the compact SUV to get farther off the beaten path for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, or ski trips.

The 2021 Subaru Forester scores the best in class for a five-year cost to own. Forester is the least expensive to maintain in the compact SUV class.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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