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The New Subaru Forester And All-New WRX Still Retain Their Value Best In 2022

The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2022 Subaru WRX sports car are still two cars with the lowest depreciation. See where Subaru ranks with other automakers.


Are Subaru vehicles a good value in 2022? As soon as you drive them off the dealer's lot, all cars depreciate, but some models drop in value much more than others. An updated iSeeCars study reveals which 2022 model year cars hold their value best, and the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester and the all-new 2022 Subaru WRX make the list.

The 2022 Forester is one of the lowest depreciating SUVs, and the 2022 Subaru WRX is a top-ten vehicle with the lowest depreciation.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru WRX

Why are Subaru vehicles a good value?

"While the average new vehicle loses almost half of its value after five years, there are vehicles that retain more of their value and depreciate less than average," said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. "For car owners who purchase new vehicles and plan to sell them in the first five years of ownership, choosing a model that retains the most value is a smart economic decision, especially when you consider depreciation is the single large 'cost' to owning a vehicle."

Why is the 2022 Forester a good value for compact SUV shoppers?

The Subaru Forester is the brand's top-selling model and a good value for compact SUV shoppers. The iSeeCars study reveals Forester is the eighth-best SUV with a 5-year depreciation of 51.1 percent. The Toyota RAV4 (45.7%) and Honda CR-V (45.8%) depreciate less, but the Forester offers standard all-wheel-drive, and customers pay extra for the all-weather feature on RAV4 and CR-V compact SUVs.

What is the price of the 2022 Forester?

The 2022 Subaru Forester gets a modest price increase and comes in six trim levels; The base Forester starts at $26,320, Premium ($29,320), Sport ($30,890), Limited ($33,000), new Wilderness ($33,945), and Touring ($36,420). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru WRX

Why is the 2022 WRX a good value for sports car shoppers?

The next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX is an even better value for sports car shoppers with a 5-year depreciation of 39.8 percent and the second-best model behind the Porsche 911 at 36.0 percent. The average depreciation of all vehicles is 49.1 percent after five years.

The Subaru WRX is a smart buy for sports car shoppers and a top-10 car with the lowest depreciation of all vehicles. The WRX is the lowest depreciating vehicle in Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC, with a five-year depreciation of only 17.7 percent. The WRX is also the number three best vehicle overall under $35,000.

Top 10 vehicles with the lowest depreciation

The top-10 cars are the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (30.9%), Toyota Tacoma (32.4%), Jeep Wrangler (32.8%), Porsche 911 (36.0%), Toyota Tundra (37.0%), Toyota 4Runner (38.5%), Subaru WRX/STI (39.8%), Dodge Challenger (40.6%), GMC Canyon (41.2%), and Nissan Frontier (43.5%).

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru WRX?

The current price of the 2021 WRX is $28,420, including the destination fee. Subaru has not announced 2022 model year pricing, but the next-generation WRX will likely get a significant bump in price. The base model will still be less than $30,000, making it a good performance value.

Are other Subaru vehicles a good value? The study reveals that Subaru is the sixth lowest depreciating car brand at 48.5 percent while 49.1 percent. Toyota is number one at 42.1 percent, followed by Porsche (45.7%). Chevrolet (46.3%), Jeep (48.0%), Dodge (48.4%), Subaru 48.5%), Honda (48.5%), Tesla (48.6%), GMC (48.9%), and Ram (49.3%).

More best resale value awards

The 2022 Subaru Forester and WRX are segment winners in the 2022 U.S. ALG residual value awards. The two all-wheel-drive models project to retain the highest percentage of their value after three years. The WRX and WRX STI also won their segments last year.

The latest accolades for the two Subaru models let consumers know that the Japanese automaker's vehicles keep their value better than most top car brands. According to ALG, the Forester compact SUV and WRX/STI sports cars retain their value best. ALG's Residual Value Awards recognize 2022 model-year vehicles for their projected retained value through the first three years of ownership.

Forester is one of the lowest depreciating SUVs, and the Subaru WRX is a top-ten vehicle and sports car with the lowest depreciation. All Subaru models hold their value well over the first five years. The latest iSeeCars study says the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester and the all-new next-generation 2022 WRX are the best models in their category.

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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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Eric Scholtz (not verified)    January 19, 2022 - 1:02PM

I am slightly confused as to how you can determine the depreciation on a 2022 vehicle without knowing its actual value in 5 years time?