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How Many Miles Will a Subaru Last?

There are plenty of reasons to buy a Subaru when shopping for your next car. According to Kelley Blue Book, Subaru is a three-time Best Overall Brand winner, which is definitely nothing to scoff at. Subaru is well-known for its commitment to safety and gets some decent reliability ratings too. But how many miles will a new Subaru actually last? Let’s find out.

The 2021 Subaru Outback driving
2021 Subaru Outback | Subaru

Which Subaru is the most reliable?

Unfortunately, not all models among this year’s new lineup earned high-reliability ratings. The 2021 Subaru Outback, for instance, ranks near the top of its segment but only earned a three out of five predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports. It’s the same story for the Impreza and the Legacy, both of which earned a three out of five reliability rating from Consumer Reports. And the Subaru Ascent? Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a disappointing one out of five predicted reliability rating.

For the most reliable Subaru models? You’re going to want to stick with the Forester or the Crosstrek. The Subaru Forester earned a four out of five predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports, which is also the same score that Consumer Reports gave this year’s new Crosstrek.

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How many miles you can expect a Subaru to last

But how many miles can you actually expect a Subaru model to last? After all, according to Subaru, 97% of the vehicles it sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. Well, according to iSee Cars, which analyzed 15.8 million cars sold in 2019 to determine the brands with the most vehicles that are likely to reach 200,000-miles, 0.6% of models sold in 2019 reached 200,000-miles and beyond. Unfortunately, iSee Cars reports that the average for all models sold in 2019 is 1.0%, meaning that the automaker’s numbers fell well below the average.

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How well do Subarus hold their value?

But if you’re after a vehicle that holds its value, you really can’t go wrong with a new Subaru. Because, according to CarEdge, the brand reigns supreme when it comes to retained value after three, five, and seven years of ownership. CarEdge added that Subarus have consistently held their value better than other car brands over the years, too, making them the perfect pick for car shoppers in the market for a vehicle that offers long-term value. 

But let’s talk about which model holds its value the best. According to CarEdge, that honor goes to the BRZ, which CarEdge reports will depreciate 38% after five years and have a five-year resale value of $20,026. Following closely behind is the Crosstrek, which according to CarEdge, will depreciate 42% after five years and have a five-year resale value of $16,147. 

And if neither of those vehicles is really your style? The Impreza is also known for holding its value and, according to CarEdge, will depreciate 43% after five years and have a five-year resale value of $13,383.

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Choosing the right model for satisfying your daily driving needs

If you’re in the market for a reliable car that holds its value and has the potential to last for more than 200,000-miles, then buying a Subaru is an easy choice to make. But when it comes to choosing the best model for satisfying your daily driving needs? Well, that’s going to take a test drive.