3 Subaru Models Win in KBB’s 2017 Resale Value Awards! Every year KBB released their Resale Value Awards, naming the best overall brand, the top 10 vehicles, and the best vehicles in their class. The winners are chosen based on resale value projections that utilize current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book’s team of market and pricing analysts. The models that retain the most of their value over the first five months of new-vehicle ownership are distinguished from the rest by this award.
The editors at KBB explain the importance of the awards, “Over the first five years of new-car ownership, depreciation is the typical car owner’s biggest transportation expense. It’s bigger than the cost of fuel, the cost of maintenance or the cost of insurance. That loss in the value of your car will cost you thousands of dollars during your ownership period, but if you choose a vehicle with a strong resale value story, that cost will be much lower than if you pick a vehicle that plummets in value like a stone kicked off a cliff.”
Subaru topped the list in three categories and even had one model named in the Top Ten Vehicles for Resale Value. The first model, the 2017 Subaru Legacy, was named the best resale value in the Mid-Size Car segment. The editors share, “The Subaru Legacy grabs best resale value honors in the Midsize Car category for its third consecutive year, and adds a new Legacy Sport model that adds its own unique visual distinction. Along with Subaru’s signature boxer-style engines, all versions boast standard all-wheel drive that adds an extra measure of all-weather confidence to the mix. Complementing its solid reputation for long-term durability, the Subaru Legacy also offers an outstanding cost-to-benefit ratio. Pricing for the 2.5i starts under $23,000, which undercuts both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry while the primo 3.6R Limited opens at $32,460.”
In the compact car category, the 2017 Subaru Impreza took the top honor, with the experts explaining, “Completely revamped for 2017, the Subaru Impreza returns in sedan and hatchback form in a svelte new suit. Beyond a fresh exterior that signals Subaru’s latest design language, the 2017 Impreza is slightly larger than the outgoing model, which translates to more interior room. What hasn’t changed is its status as resale champion among compact cars, now marking its fourth year in a row. Starting at $19,215, the Impreza remains the least expensive car you can buy with all-wheel drive. Combined with its class-leading way of fighting depreciation, the latest Impreza can again add “excellent value” to its list of virtues.”
Also named in the Top Ten Vehicles for Resale Value, the 2017 Subaru WRX won in the sporty compact car category. KBB writes, “As a racier expression of Subaru’s compact Impreza sedan the 2017 Subaru WRX blends rally-inspired performance with pragmatic design and class-leading resale values. If you’re muddling through your work week, a roomy, secure trunk and accommodating interior are handy features. But when the weekend arrives the WRX happily shifts roles, putting its sporting suspension and high-traction powertrain to good use. A base Subaru WRX runs about $27,500 and features an impressive equipment roster including automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, a backup camera and touchscreen infotainment. That sum also includes aggressive fender flares, an equally aggressive front fascia, and a rear wing that can only be described as.aggressive. It looks the part. It plays the part. The Subaru WRX really is the total package.”