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New Subaru Forester Could Save You Thousands In The First 6.5 Years Over Other SUVs

Subaru Forester is ranked best mid-size SUV when it comes to saving you money.


Automotive Science Group (ASG) has an interesting study benefiting consumers looking to buy a car. They just awarded the Subaru Forester the Best Economic Performance Award in class. What does it mean for consumers looking for a compact SUV? According to ASG, the Subaru Forester will cost you less to purchase than other SUVs, and it will cost 35 percent less for their owners to operate in the first 6.5 years of its life-cycle compared to the average vehicle in the mid-size SUV class.

ASG says their all-around performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic, environmental and social performance indicators across a vehicle’s life-cycle, and in relative comparison to all competitive vehicles in the market.

The Subaru Forester lead notable competitors including the Dodge Journey with a 6 percent advantage, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport by 8 percent and the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge by 20 percent and 21 percent respectively. ASG says Forester is the best mid-size SUV for saving you the most money over the typical life-cycle owners will keep the vehicle.

Outback wins too

Automotive Science Group gave an award to another Subaru vehicle. The Outback gets best in class in the wagon category. Most consider it an SUV/Crossover, but it still fits in the wagon segment in some automotive groups. Subaru Outback beats the more expensive Volvo V60 and the 2018 Fiat 500L to take home the honors from ASG.

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ASG’s annual study found the Subaru Outback to offer the best all-around performance in class, earning the distinguished “Best All-Around Performance Award. ASG says the Outback outperformed all models in its competitive segment to take the top honor, outperforming the average vehicle in its class by nine percentage points. 

The Subaru Outback is a big hit with customers who are buying the aging Outback quick before the new 2020 models arrive later this summer. Strong sales are a combination of zero percent financing, extra incentives from dealers to move the old models before the new ones arrive, and customers snatching up the last of the discontinued 3.6R six-cylinder models.

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ASG says customers looking for a mid-size SUV or a wagon should check out the Subaru Forester and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles to get the best value for your money. The 2019 Forester has been completely redesigned and the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback arrives this summer.

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Eric (not verified)    June 9, 2019 - 7:15AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

I have a 2014 Forester that i am getting close to 6.5 years on. First Subaru, and the main lesson i have learned? At 100k, you will be replacing a bearing or axle every other month it seems. I have so many new parts on mine that I need to keep it longer to recoup the costs.

Eric (not verified)    June 10, 2019 - 2:15PM

In reply to by Oregon Earl (not verified)

My engine burns oil like it is gas. Trip from NY to CO last year and I added 6 quarts if oil. An entire oil change volume in one road trip. I keep up on it though, so no blown engine here.

Rick (not verified)    June 10, 2019 - 3:55AM

Sadly I will not buy another Subaru in my town because I caught the dealer in a scheme to run up there bills in unsuspecting customers. Terrible stuff involving thousands of dollars in scams. Makes Subaru look like they are in a systematic plan to cheat their customers. I'm not the only one. Others who go to the dealership for service have also complained about being ripped off.

Dan (not verified)    June 10, 2019 - 11:50AM

Hmmm. NA engine keeps maintenance costs down, however one blown CVT and/or engine will more than erase any savings. If they put a 6MT back in the Forester, you could save even more money on both purchase price AND maintenance.

Jeff (not verified)    June 10, 2019 - 12:36PM

Just traded in my wife’s 2017 Forester XT Touring for a 2019 Forester Touring — what a great upgrade! Smoother, plenty of power, much less body roll, and way more comfortable seats.