The SUV and crossover classes have taken the auto market by storm. Favored for their plentiful accommodations and impressive handling, they are the perfect vehicles for those on the go. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel of one of these models brand-new can be costly, which is why those in the market for an SUV or crossover should search within the used segment. Oftentimes you can find similarly equipped versions for a better price depending on the model year, which gives people a better chance of enjoying what these popular vehicles have to offer.


If this is the case, consider what Subaru has to offer for you. As one of the first manufacturers to initiate the crossover revolution, they have a favorable reputation and expert knowledge of how these types of vehicles should perform. For more information, take a look below.


Used vs. New Price Differences

The reason you can get a fairly new SUV or crossover for a great price is because the greatest depreciation hit has already taken place when it was driven off the lot for the first time, which in-turn lowers its resale value. With that in mind, consider a used Crosstrek crossover to one that is brand-new. If you were to purchase the latest 2019 version of the Crosstrek in its top-tier Limited form, you'd be met with a starting MSRP of $27,195. On the other hand, a used version from 2016 with approximately 30,000 miles on the odometer can run you somewhere in the ballpark of $20,000, a nearly $7,000 difference in just three years.


When it comes to Subaru's full-on SUVs, you'll find similar pricing advantages when shopping used. For example, the latest 2020 Outback Limited features a starting MSRP of $33,445, but the same configuration from 2017 can be found with a price-tag near $25,000 if it has an approximate 40,000-mile odometer reading. As you can see, in just a couple of years the pricing of these similarly equipped vehicles is more digestible when they're used, even for those that are just a few years old.


Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Program

If you're looking to have the utmost sense of security with your used SUV or crossover, consider Subaru's impressive Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. With this, you'll have the reassurance of knowing that your used Subaru is only of the highest quality standard since every used model must go through a rigorous 152-point inspection process conducted by Subaru-trained technicians who examine the mechanical and body elements of a particular vehicle. If it passes this, then it will officially be registered as CPO.


All CPO Subaru's are provided with factory-backed 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage along with a $0 deductible (additional coverage is available for a fee). Owners of a CPO Subaru will also be provided with 24-hour roadside assistance, a comprehensive Carfax Vehicle History Report, a $500 Loyalty Coupon, a three-month trial for SiriusXM radio, as well as a one-year trial subscription to the STARLINK Safety Plus Package with Automatic Collision Notification.