Subaru has been known for its models that depreciate less or hold their value better than other car brands. Which Subaru models retain their value the best, and which is the worst at keeping its value? According to Kelly Blue Book's (KBB) 2022 Best Resale Value Awards, Subaru earned three individual segment honors. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Forester, and 2022 Subaru Outback won their segment as best.
The KBB winners and a recent Car Edge report reveal Subaru vehicles consistently hold their value better than virtually all other car brands over the years and are a clear choice for new car shoppers looking for long-term value. Combine that with their top safety and strong reliability records, and you can't go wrong buying an all-wheel-drive Subaru model, new or used.
Subaru Crosstrek is number one at retaining its value
The Subaru brand ranks first in retained value after three, five, and seven years of ownership. Subaru earns this high ranking with great performances from two of its models; the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Subaru Impreza car lines that depreciate less than 20 percent after five years. We will break down the best, and worst Subaru models from a recent report from Car Edge showing the best and worst Subaru retained value by model.
The best and worst Subaru models
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is the best performing Subaru of America nameplate and will depreciate 18 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $27,601. The Crosstrek performs best, ranking in the top twenty percent of all vehicles at three, five, and seven years.
The 2022 Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback is the next best-performing Subaru nameplate and will depreciate 19 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $21,688.
The 2022 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler is third best in the all-wheel-drive lineup and will depreciate 21 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $35,384.
The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV is the fourth best Subaru model and will depreciate 22 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $27,481.
The 2022 Subaru WRX sport-tuned performance sports car will depreciate 22 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $28,452.
The 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV's depreciation is slow and steady over time, resulting in relatively less depreciation in the early years but higher depreciation as the car ages. The Outback will depreciate 24 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $29,212.
The 2022 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan is similar to the Outback and will depreciate 24 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $25,340.
It's not a surprise Subaru's rear-drive sports car is the worst-performing model. The 2022 Subaru BRZ sports coupe will depreciate 25 percent after five years and have a five-year resale value of $24,257.
Overall, Subaru vehicles are a good value for new and used car shoppers. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is Subaru of America's winner in retaining its value, with the 2022 Subaru Impreza compact car a close second. The 2022 Ascent 3-Row SUV and 2022 Forester compact SUV also perform very well in Subaru of America's all-wheel-drive lineup. The 2022 Outback midsize SUV retains its value best in the first few years.
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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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