Even though SUVs and crossovers garner most of the attention these days, the sedan class still remains strong since not all drivers need or want a larger vehicle. For those unconcerned with carrying lots of cargo or seating more than five passengers, sedans represent the just-right solution. On top of that, some drivers may not be interested in all the bells and whistles that jack up the prices of brand-new cars, making used ones more attractive. So, if you're thinking of buying an affordable used sedan that'll last you for the long haul, consider shopping around for a preowned Subaru. With their exceptional reputation and consistently high safety scores, Subaru has proven to be a leader in the auto industry over the years. Still need a little more convincing? Don't worry, we've got you covered: read on.

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Subarus are already affordable even when they're new, but you'll be able to save more if you buy one used. Consider their Impreza model: It's not out of the question to find a 2017 Premium trim level for around $16,000 with low mileage (30,000 to 35,000 miles). If you were to buy this same version of the Impreza brand-new today, you'd be met with a $22,095 MSRP. Then there's the Legacy, which carries an MSRP of $29,745 for the 2020 model year. The same model from 2016 can be found sporting a price tag under $20,000, still with low miles. As you can see, just going just a few model years older can save you significant money.


Certified Pre-Owned

There are used Subarus, and then there are certified pre-owned (CPO) Subarus. The CPOs are held to a higher standard and come with plenty of additional benefits. In order for a Subaru to qualify as CPO, it has to get vetted through a strict 152-point inspection. If there's anything during the examination process that isn't up to code with the automaker's high standards, it will be repaired by a factory-certified technician using genuine Subaru parts that fit and function like new. CPO Subarus get a factory-backed 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a $500 Owner Loyalty Coupon, 24/7 roadside assistance, a complimentary CARFAX vehicle history report, a three-month subscription trial for SiriusXM satellite radio, and a one-year subscription trial for the STARLINK Safety Plus Package.


Safety Over the Years

Over the years, Subaru vehicles have scored high marks where safety is concerned. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both the Legacy and Impreza were awarded five-star safety ratings from 2013 all the way to 2019 (the 2020s had yet to be rated as of this writing). In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Legacy a Top Safety Pick+ for the same model-year period, while the Impreza was named a Top Safety Pick+ from 2015 to 2019 (in 2013 and 2014 it was a Top Safety Pick).