50 Cars That are Plummeting in Value


#24 – Subaru Legacy

Class: Compact Car (1989-1994), Midsize Car (1995-Present)
Production: 1989-Present
Starting Price: $22,195
Depreciation Rate: 24.4%

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One of the most desirable cars on the market is the Subaru Legacy, which was first introduced in 1989. Offering a powerful and economic engine and a standard all-wheel drive that meets the demands of any driving condition, the Legacy is Subaru’s flagship car and has served as a competitive alternative to compact executive cars like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. It’s also one of the most affordable on the Subaru Lineup with 2018 models priced at $22,195.

As a midsize car, the Legacy holds steady when it comes to value and only depreciates by 24.4% after the first year, which puts a 2018 model valued at $16,779 after a year on the road. Because of Subaru’s reputation for safety and reliability, Legacy owners aren’t quick to sell or trade-in their cars with a true cost to own of $34,231 over the first five years. Today, pre-owned Subaru models are one of the top commodities on the market with low-mileage models in good condition going for anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000.