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Top-10 Cars With The Best Resale Value - Subaru Scores 3 New Model Awards

Do Subaru vehicles retain their value better than other automakers? Subaru picks up three new individual segment awards from KBB. Check out the three new Subaru models that score the highest.


As soon as you drive your new car off a dealer's lot, it drops in value. And some automakers' vehicles depreciate more than others. Which models retain their value the best? According to Kelly Blue Book's (KBB) 2022 Best Resale Value Awards, Subaru earned three individual segment honors.

Subaru's three new segment winners in 2022 are Subaru of America's top three selling SUVs. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek scores the best Subcompact SUV, the 2022 Subaru Forester wins the Compact SUV segment, and the 2022 Subaru Outback takes home the best Midsize SUV 2-row award. Last year, the 2021 Impreza won Best Compact Car but lost to the Honda Civic in 2022.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

Subaru has won the Best Brand award four times before in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2020. Toyota wins the Best Brand award for the second year in a row.

KBB's Top-10 Best Resale Value winners

Listed alphabetically, they are the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford F-Series, Ford Maverick, Ford Ranger, GMC Sierra, Jeep Gladiator, Tesla Model X, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota Tundra.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

What does it mean for new car shoppers?

KBB's Best Resale Value Awards recognize 2022 model-year vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period. These latest KBB accolades for Subaru let consumers know that they retain their value better than other models. This can make the most significant difference when you trade in your vehicle after 3-5 years. You'll get more for your trade-in than other automakers' vehicles.

If you plan on keeping your new car for 3-5 years, depreciation (loss of value) is typically your primary expense during ownership. It shows shoppers which vehicle will be the best in resale value.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

A good example is the value of a one-to-two-year-old lightly used Subaru Crosstrek will now cost buyers more than a new one. You know this is true if you've tried to purchase a previously owned Crosstrek. This is especially true if you live in the Northeast, Rocky Mountains, or Pacific Northwest, where the brand is most popular.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim is priced from $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery fees that increase +$75 ($1,125).

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

For the 2022 model change Forester 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).

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback?

The 2022 Outback comes in eight trim levels; the base trim is priced from $27,845, Premium ($30,270), Limited ($34,720), Touring ($38,620), Onyx Edition XT ($36,270), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,120), Limited XT ($39,120), and Touring XT ($41,070). Pricing includes $1,125 destination and delivery fees.

The 2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, and 2022 Crosstrek may be hard to find right now, but they score the top models in Kelly Blue Book's 2022 Best Resale Value Awards.

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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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