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Lowest Cost To Own - Only One Subaru Outback Trim Wins The Best Midsize SUV Award

What is the lowest cost to own Subaru model? The 2023 Vincentric Best Fleet Value In America winners now include the 2023 Subaru Outback. So what does it mean for new midsize SUV shoppers?

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What is the best 2023 Subaru Outback trim level? SUV shoppers looking for vehicles with low insurance, lowest ownership, and low depreciation costs should check out the 2023 Subaru Outback Base trim. According to the 2023 Vincentric Best Fleet Value In America awards, the Outback Base is now the lowest cost to own in the Midsize SUV category. The Outback also won the award in 2022.

What does it mean for new car shoppers?

The Vincentric Best Fleet Value In America awards measure cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. In addition, Vincentric evaluated each vehicle in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., using 28 different ownership/mileage scenarios.

2023 Subaru Outback Base

Winners were identified by determining which vehicles had the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in most scenarios for their segment.

For the fifth time, the 2023 Subaru Outback wins the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award in the Midsize SUV/Crossover segment. Vincentric says the Outback Base trim level wins due to its lowest fuel, insurance, and operating costs in its class.

The contributing factors for the one Outback trim level getting the top award in its category are winning 16 of 28 measured lifecycle cost scenarios. Outback has the lowest depreciation and the lowest insurance cost in its class, and Outback outperformed 190 competitor trims.

2023 Subaru Outback Base

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Outback?

The 2023 Outback comes in nine trim levels for U.S. customers; the Base trim is priced from $29,620, Premium ($31,920), new Onyx Edition with a 2.5-liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520), Touring ($41,070), Outback Wilderness ($39,670), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820), Limited XT ($40,920), and Touring XT ($43,520). Pricing includes $1,225 destination and delivery fees.

Why does Vincentric only pick the Outback Base trim?

What is the 2023 Outback Base fuel mileage?

The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/32 mpg city/highway and 28 combined mpg.

How much does it cost to insure the Subaru Outback?

Forbes Advisor says the 2023 Outback is among the top twenty-five least expensive new cars to insure. Forbes says the 2023 Subaru Outback 2.4-liter engine Limited XT trim level is $1,789 annually to insure. The Base trim will cost less to insure.

Base trim level features

The 2023 Outback Base trim comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, X-Mode for severe weather capability, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. In addition, it's loaded with features like EyeSight safety technology, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED steering responsive headlights, LED fog lights, and a rear vision camera.

The Base also has a USB-A input/charge port and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input jack in the front center console. In addition, the standard security system includes remote keyless entry, and the 2023 model dome and cargo area lights have been upgraded to LED.

In addition, the Outback Base is equipped with the Starlink dual 7.0-inch center information display with improved on-screen controls. For example, Subaru says the upper 7-inch touchscreen operates audio controls while the lower 7-inch screen controls climate, EyeSight, X-Mode, and other vehicle systems.

The multimedia system also offers AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, and SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free Platinum subscription).

The 2023 Subaru Outback Base trim level is packed with features, and Vincentric says it's the best midsize SUV in its category. Midsize SUV shoppers looking for vehicles with low insurance, the lowest ownership, and low depreciation costs should check out the 2023 Subaru Outback Base. The video below shows additional 2023 Outback Base features.

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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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anthony b lano (not verified)    April 19, 2023 - 3:12PM

how on earth did subrau become a reliable car,,,,So far even the dealers can fix it ,,,,,it just will not start ,sometimes ,,,,what is my wife to do in winter ,,,somebody ,should be able to answer ?????? B.

William D Smith (not verified)    April 19, 2023 - 3:56PM

I bought a Subaru Outback seven months ago, and I absolutely love everything about it. These guys have thought of everything. I can afford to buy just about anything I want, but the Outback is all I need. No reason to even look at anything else..

ImprezaOwner (not verified)    April 20, 2023 - 9:57PM

This cost to own metric is game-able and could become a detriment to car buyers.

In an effort to win the cost to own battle, car companies may be tempted to reduce or eliminate recommended maintenance guidelines to give the appearance of a lower cost to own.