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The Average 12-Month Repair Costs You'll Spend On Every New Subaru Model

The 2022 Subaru Forester has the lowest average 12-month repair costs in Subaru's all-wheel-drive lineup. See where the other models rank.

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Do Subaru vehicles have high maintenance costs? A new report from Automotive News (by subscription) reveals each new Subaru model's average 12-month repair and service costs. The 2022 Subaru Forester is the least expensive model in the all-wheel-drive lineup to maintain. How do the other models rank?

The new Subaru model year's average 12-month in-service U.S. repair costs per vehicle ranked from best to worst.

Subaru Forester $104
Subaru Impreza $108
Subaru Crosstrek $113
Subaru Legacy $117
Subaru Outback $123
Subaru BRZ $140
Subaru Ascent $179
Subaru WRX $197

2022 Subaru Forester specs, repair costs

What is the Subaru 5-year cost-to-own?

The Subaru Forester has also been rated the lowest 5-year cost-to-own vehicle in the Compact SUV category by Kelly Blue Book and takes the title two years in a row. Autobytel also ranks the Subaru Impreza sedan and 5-Door compact as one of the top-10 lowest cost to own cars in the first three years of ownership.

Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own data for new cars is the initial five-year ownership period. In its research, Subaru vehicles incurred fewer costs than all mainstream automaker's lineups. Costs include fuel, maintenance, repairs, financing, insurance, and one of the most significant factors of all, depreciation. All are factored in a vehicle's total ownership costs.

2022 Subaru Forester specs, repair costs

5-and-10 year maintenance cost data from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports (by subscription) looked at data from 27 car brands by asking car owners how much they paid out of pocket for total maintenance (oil changes, etc.) and repairs over the past 12 months. The average cost for a 5-year-old (2016 model) is $205, and for a 10-year-old (2011 model): $430.

Subaru's average 12-month cost for a five-year-old car is $290, and $480 per year for a ten-year-old vehicle. Consumer Reports says compared with other mainstream car brands, Subaru's average costs per year are less than Jeep, Volkswagen, and Dodge, but more than Mazda, Kia, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.

The Consumer Reports' data does not consider one of the most significant factors, depreciation costs when you buy a 2022 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, or other new Subaru models. Subaru vehicles retain their value better than all other car brands.

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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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Mthokozisi (not verified)    November 9, 2021 - 6:02PM

I am new in the brand. Due to my other financial commitments I bought a used outback 3.0R so far so good but need to change my radiator as it increases temperature a bit high when driving uphill on the highways. The thermostat is new.