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iSeeCars Says A 10-Year-Old Subaru Outback Is Not The Best SUV In Lifespan Performance

What is the Subaru Outback year best for SUV shoppers looking for a used model? Check out the top picks from iSeeCars with the longest remaining lifespan, under $13,000. See if the 2013 Subaru Outback is a top pick for you.


With new car prices at record levels and new models hard to find, what are the best ten-year-old models for SUV shoppers? iSeeCars released its new best-used cars for the money study and said the 2013 Subaru Outback is the second-best used SUV for the money under $13,000 with the longest remaining lifespan. says they identified models with the longest lifespan and then compared them with their current used car values. This allowed to determine the best values for 10-year-old vehicles ranked by the price of their remaining lifespan (the lowest cost per remaining 1,000 miles of lifespan).

2013 Subaru Outback

The 2013 Subaru Outback was the second highest-ranked SUV under $13,000 in the ten-year-old used car category. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was the highest-ranked used SUV, Subaru Outback second, Mazda CX-9 third, and Ford Edge fourth.

iSeeCars says the Subaru Outback is a top pick for shoppers because it comes standard with Symmetrical all-wheel-drive to bolster confidence in cold-weather states.

2013 Subaru Outback

What is the price of the 2013 Subaru Outback?

iSee Cars says the 2013 Outback price per 1,000 miles is $152 and has an average price of $12,782. The remaining lifespan is 84,348 miles (40.5%) and has a potential lifespan of 208,298. How does the Outback compare with the Hyundai Santa Fe?

iSee Cars says the number one ranked Hyundai Santa Fe price per 1,000 miles is $131 and has an average price of $11,981. The remaining lifespan is 91,525 miles (44.3%) and has a potential lifespan of 206,398.

Why is the Outback a good pick for used SUV shoppers? The 2013 Subaru Outback gets top safety scores.

Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive vehicles excel in all-weather driving, but the brand is also known for its exceptional crash protection and safety record. As a result, the 2013 Outback earned the highest Top Safety Pick+ score from the IIHS.

Outback is a good choice because it is fuel efficient. What is the fuel mileage of the Subaru Outback?

The 2013 Subaru Outback with the 2.5-liter engine gets an estimated 24/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg with the automatic transmission and 18/24/20 with the 3.6-liter engine. Consumer Reports says the owner reported fuel mileage is 25 mpg overall.

2013 Outback features and upgrades

The 2013 Outback 2.5-liter engine received upgrades over the 2012 model. The updated models debut a new double-overhead-cam 2.5-liter engine with increased performance and fuel efficiency. The new engine produces 173 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, compared to 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. with the previous engine.

Three 2013 Outback Trim Levels

The 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i models came in three trim levels; Base, Premium, and Limited. 2013 Outback 3.6R models were offered in Base and Limited.

Consumer Reports ranked the 2013 Outback the best ten-year-old used SUV for shoppers to buy now. Consumer Reports says, "The Subaru Outback is a smart alternative to traditional SUVs. Seek models with the camera-based EyeSight safety system." Check out the recent CR report here.

Are you looking for a newer vehicle?

An updated report from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says, of the 10 Best Used all-wheel-drive vehicles, the 2018 Outback is the best model you can buy. They recently scored the 2018 Subaru Outback number one best under $20,000.

KBB says, "Is it a crossover or a wagon? Does it matter when it's this useful? The 2018 Subaru Outback straddles categories to be as versatile as possible. Its standard AWD and high ground clearance make the Outback a perennial favorite of those facing winter weather, dirt roads, or both, and its wagon-like body style gives it 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space."

Midsize SUV shoppers looking for the best-used SUVs under $13,000 only have a few good choices, according to iSeeCars. The 2013 Subaru Outback ranks as the second-best ten-year-old SUV with the longest lifespan. Check out the used Subaru models to avoid.

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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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