2023 Subaru Forester

Starting MSRP 

$28,320

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Key Spec of 2023 Subaru Forester
fuel economy

26/29/33

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Standard AWD system

Low-powered engine

No prominent updates for the 2023 Subaru Forester

Ample amount of cargo space

Sluggish acceleration

Part of the fifth gene introduced in 2019

Enhanced off-road capabilities

Low towing capacity

Smooth ride

Impressive driver-assistive features as standard

Comfortable two-row layout

2023 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 19, 2022

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One of the most successful models in the lineup of Subaru, the Forester has built solid recognition in the US market. A practical compact crossover with a standard all-wheel-drive system and good ground clearance has made it an infamous choice among its rivals. With a truck-like exterior, it also ensures an airy and comfortable interior. With the ruggedness to climb light off-road trials, it is also good for carrying cargo. The SUV possesses ample off-roading capability and features that some of its key rivals do not offer. However, it stays behind due to its lower power output than some of the competitors in the segment.

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Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#3 in Compact Suv

#11 in Suv


Pictures & Videos



Trims

Base$28,320 Est. onwards


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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Wilderness 4dr Crossover (2.5L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$33,995
Est. $461/mo
Good deal
$3,669 Below market
RMV: $37,664
Mooresville, NC
MSRP $33,995
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2022 Subaru Forester Sport

Sport 4dr Crossover AWD (2.5L 4cyl 7CVT)

Dealer Price
$30,940
Est. $420/mo
Good deal
$3,280 Below market
RMV: $34,220
Washington, PA
MSRP $30,940
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2022 Subaru Forester Limited

Limited 4dr Crossover AWD (2.5L 4cyl 7CVT)

Dealer Price
$33,082
Est. $449/mo
Good deal
$3,494 Below market
RMV: $36,576
Fresno, CA
MSRP $33,082
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2022 Subaru Forester Limited

Limited 4dr Crossover AWD (2.5L 4cyl 7CVT)

Dealer Price
$33,050
Est. $448/mo
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$3,526 Below market
RMV: $36,576
Cary, NC
MSRP $33,050
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2022 Subaru Forester Limited

Limited 4dr Crossover AWD (2.5L 4cyl 7CVT)

Dealer Price
$33,132
Est. $449/mo
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$3,444 Below market
RMV: $36,576
Surprise, AZ
MSRP $33,132
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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Wilderness 4dr Crossover (2.5L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$34,195
Est. $464/mo
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$3,469 Below market
RMV: $37,664
Cary, NC
MSRP $34,195
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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Wilderness 4dr Crossover (2.5L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$34,195
Est. $464/mo
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$3,469 Below market
RMV: $37,664
Grapevine, TX
MSRP $34,195
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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Wilderness 4dr Crossover (2.5L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$34,195
Est. $464/mo
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$3,469 Below market
RMV: $37,664
Bakersfield, CA
MSRP $34,195
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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Wilderness 4dr Crossover (2.5L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$34,195
Est. $464/mo
Good deal
$3,469 Below market
RMV: $37,664
Seattle, WA
MSRP $34,195
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Colors and Styles

Build Car
Magnetite Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In the 2023 generation of the Subaru Forester, we are not expecting any significant updates, as the company has worked out a lot with yesteryear’s Forester. However, it is rumored that the company can elevate feature availability with this new generation. It will be carrying last year's introduced Wilderness variant, which offers more ground clearance than the regular trims. Its all-terrain tires and high cargo carrying capacity impressed us. The single I4 engine is nice and it delivers a balanced acceleration, but there are many options featuring more power and torque. In the segment, it will be playing against the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Jeep Compass.


Features

The whole lineup of the Forester is split up into 6 different trim levels- the base, the Premium, the Sport, the Limited, last year introduced the Wilderness and the most expensive the Touring. Each model cumulates extra features and functions with the increasing price bracket. All the variants run on the only available 2.5L I4 engine and offer a standard AWD system.

Trims 

2023 Subaru Forester 

Base

2023 Subaru Forester 

Premium

2023 Subaru Forester 

Sport

2023 Subaru Forester 

Limited

2023 Subaru Forester 

Wilderness

2023 Subaru Forester 

Touring

MSRP 

$ 27,070

$ 30,070

$ 31,640

$ 33,750

$ 34,695

$ 37,170

Key Features 

17-inch alloys

17-inch alloys

18-inch alloys

18-inch alloys

Exclusive 17-inch alloys

18-inch alloys

 

CVT 

Raised roof rails

CVT

Dual-zone automatic climate control

All-terrain tires

More adjustments and memory seating for driver seat

 

LED headlights

Foglights 

Black and orange interior 

Leather upholstery

LED fog lights

Heated steering wheel

 

6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen

Tinted rear windows

Black and orange exterior ascents

Power Liftgate

Front skid plate

Heated rear outboard seats 

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect

Keyless entry and push button start

Blind-spot monitoring 

8-inch touchscreen display

Roof rack

Harmon Kardon audio system

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Power adjustable driver seats

Rear Cross-traffic alert

 

Water-resistant seating surfaces

Standard driver monitoring system

 

Automatic Climate Control

Multiple drive modes

Evasive steering assist

 

Anti-glare matt black hood decal

Integrated navigation system

 

Lane departure warning

     

Enhanced maximum towing capacity

 
 

Lane Keeping assist

         

Along with the features furnished in the Subaru Forester, it offers additional packages–

All-weather package in Premium Trim

  • Heated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Windshield wiper de-icer

Interior options

  • Cargo net
  • All-weather floor liners
  • Cargo cover
  • Rear seat back protector
  • Auto-dimming mirrors with compass and Homelink
  • Footwear illumination kit
  • Sunshades
  • USB charging port

Exterior options

  • Rear bumper cover
  • Sport grille
  • Alloy wheel locks
  • Fog light kit
  • Body side moldings 
  • Door edge guard
  • Splash guard

We Recommend

The Premium model delivers the best value for your money if the Limited and the Touring models are surpassing pocket limits. It provides the best mix of features and available options. CARHP recommends this vehicle. 17-inch alloys, and an option to upgrade the comfort and handling experience of the driver. A 10-way power adjustable driver seat with the sunroof adorns the interior of the Premium trim.

 

Release Date 

It is expected to be launched in late 2022.

Engine and Performance

Given AWD as a standard feature, the Subaru Forester is equipped with only one 2.5L I4 engine option across all the trim levels. No other engine option is available. The Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) reacts quickly to bring you revs up but the power delivery is rubbery. The engine pumps out 182 hp, other options offer more power output.

Full throttle acceleration produces a reasonable get-up and enables the car to make 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds. The vehicle offers a mileage figure of – 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highways, and 29 mpg combined. It delivers a range of — 431.6 miles in the city, 547.8 miles while running on the highways, and 481.4 miles when running on both terrains.

Models 

2023 

Subaru Forester

2023 

Honda 

CR-V

2023

Toyota 

RAV4

2023 

Jeep

Compass

MSRP

$ 27,070

$ 28,045

$ 28,310

$ 28,380

Engine 

2.5L I4

1.5L Turbo I4

2.5L I4

2.4L I4

Drivetrain 

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT automatic

CVT automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

177 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

172 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

9.3 seconds

8.2 seconds

9.1 seconds

9.3 seconds 

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.3 seconds

16.1 seconds

16.6 seconds

16.3 seconds

Top speed 

115 mph

103 mph

119 mph

117 mph

The 2023 Forester is the most affordable car in the segment and it proposes a standard AWD system, whereas all the remaining rivals are composed of FWD as standard. The Turbo engine on the Honda HR-v steers the car more furiously than others and with a gap of one second, it catches the speed fastest. With the 8-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota RAV4 delivers the highest top speed and power output. The Subaru Forester and the Jeep Compass achieve speed at the same time. The newest Compass from the Jeep comes with 6-speed automatic transmission, while the 2023 HR-V from the Honda has the lowest top speed.

2023 Subaru Forester Ride and Handling

Every Forester gets the Subaru’s symmetrical AWD system that has active torque vectoring and it adjusts how much power goes to each wheel. The AWD system with its tall ground clearance combo offers a better ride and handling experience.6 way manual adjustable driver seat is good for better position and visibility. The deep dirt and deep snow mode help you to rely on the Forester when you are really in a thick driving place. Besides its truck-like look, the seats are comfortable to go on a long drive. Its Sport model offers a go-anywhere kind of attitude. The bumpy roads of the forest do not shake the car too much and it absorbs the ruts and helps provide a soothing ride experience. The casual driving feels quite smooth and it takes the turn easily without having such a big body roll. The engine makes a noise that enters the cabin and that can be disturbing sometimes. On the Base trim, you are offered comfy cloth seats, but the Wilderness model consists of a waterproof faux-leather upholstery. The Base, the Premium, and the Wilderness trims carry a tire size of P225/60HR17, while the Sport, the Touring, and the Limited variants are equipped with P225/55HR18 tires. 

The SUV has a turning diameter of 35.4 ft. It uses Strut suspension for the front and Double wishbone suspensions for the rear. Lane Departure Prevention makes long drives stress-free by helping you stay in your lane. Recognizing lane markings, and assisting with steering wheel operation, helps keep the vehicle in the lane. The lower center of gravity design, enhanced suspension system, and rigidity improvements provide a vehicle that responds immediately to driver input, helping avoid hazards on the roads.

2023 Subaru Forester Braking System

The newest Forester comes with a 4-wheel disc brake system. Along with that, it furnishes many safety features like an Electronic Parking brake and Pre-collision braking. One of its kind Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, can watch the road and help protect you from unpredictable collisions. In an emergency when Eyesight senses an obstacle ahead, Pre-collision braking can alert you and automatically apply the brakes. It can bring to a full stop, if necessary. 

When Pre-collision Braking Assist isn’t enough, Autonomous Emergency Steering uses the stereo camera and read radar to detect lane markings to assess if there is enough space to safely avoid a collision with an object ahead. Reverse Automatic Braking — four sensors on the rear bumper to detect obstructions behind the vehicle while reversing.

MODEL

2023 

Subaru Forester

2023 

Honda 

CR-V

2023

Toyota 

RAV4

2023 

Jeep 

Compass

 

Brake rotors

(front) (in)

11.6 inches

 

11.1 inches

 

12 inches

 

12 inches

 

Brake Rotors 

(back) (in)

11.2 inches

 

10.2 inches

 

11.2 inches

 

11 inches

Curb weight

(lbs)

 

3454 lbs

 

3337 lbs

 

3370 lbs.

 

3184 lbs.

 

60-0 (- ft.)

118 ft.

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Subaru’s newest Forester has the highest curb weight among all the rivals. An educated guess would suggest that all three cars are more refined at faster stopping than the Forester as they are lighter than it. The Toyota RAV4 has the biggest brake calipers in the segment. The new Compass is the lightest car among its competitors.

Fuel Economy

The Subaru offers only one 2.5L I4 engine that pairs with the CVT automatic transmission and provides mileage figures of – 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highways, and 29 mpg combined, which are decent numbers in the segment. With a fuel capacity of 16.6 gallons, it ensures a range of – 431.6 miles in the city, 547.8 miles while running on the highways, and 481.4 miles when running on both terrains

Model 

2023 

Subaru

Forester 

2023 

Honda

CR-V

2023

Toyota 

RAV4

2023 

Jeep

Compass

MPG (city)

26 mpg

28 mpg

27 mpg

22 mpg

MPG (highway)

33 mpg

34 mpg

35 mpg

31 mpg

MPG (combined)

29 mpg

30 mpg

30 mpg

25 mpg

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.6 gallons

14 gallons

14.5 gallons

13.5

Range (City, highways, combined in miles)

431.6/547.8/481.4 miles

392/476/420 miles

391.5/507.5/435 miles

297/418.5/337.5 miles

Thanks to its good mileage figures and the highest fuel capacity, the new 2023 Subaru Forester delivers the best range in the segment. The Toyota RAV4 achieves extra range numbers while managing competitive mileage figures with the newest Honda CR-V. The fuel economy figures of the 2023 Compass are dullest among all the competitors in the comparison. It also delivers the lowest range.

Interior

The interior of the Forester is straightforward. All the ports and buttons are easily accessible and clearly labeled. The elements on the dashboard are practical and function well. The available 8-inch infotainment touchscreen can be easily operated and it is handy to use. Getting in and out is very convenient. The textured plastic trim on the dashboard feels solid and is made up of high-quality material. The interior is spacious enough to accommodate 4 passengers, possibly it can adopt an extra person. Wide range of standard adjustments for the driver seat, and the experience increases with an optional all-weather package on the Premium trim. The Limited trims bring this package as standard.

The front row passenger seat is also 4-way manually adjustable as standard. The steering column is sufficiently telescopic to elevate the convenience of the driver. Well-padded front seats with the help of good suspensions absorb the bumps of the road and enrich the ride quality. The rear row seats are also plenty spacious and can provide a good room for the adults. The road noise feels minimum, but the accelerating engine speaks a lot, and that noise enters the cabin. The interior does provide proper visibility. The buttons are correctly placed, and the climate can be easily controlled without taking off the eyes from the road. The sound from a four-speaker on the usual trims is not complaining, but the premium Harman Kardon audio on the Touring provides a soothing and enjoyable sound.

Model

2023 

Subaru 

Forester

2023 

Honda 

CR-V

2023

Toyota 

RAV4

2023 

Jeep

Compass

Passenger Capacity

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom

 

41.2/58.1/43.3 inches


 
 

40.1/57.9/41.3 inches

 

39.5/57.8/41 inches

 

39.2/56.7/41.8 inches

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

 

39.6/57.2/39.4 inches

 

39.2/55.6/40.4 inches

 

39.5/56.4/37.8 inches

 

38.5/55.1/38.3 inches

Cargo Capacity behind first row (cu.-ft)

 

74.2 cu.-ft

 

75.8 cu.-ft

 

69.8 cu.-ft

 

59.8 cu.-ft

Cargo capacity behind the second row (cu,-ft)

 

28.9 cu.-ft

 

39.2 cu.-ft

 

37.2 cu.-ft

 

27.2 cu.-ft

For front-row passengers, the all-new Forester delivers the best roomy interior. In the second row context, the 2023 Honda competes with the Subaru. Both the Jeep Compass and the Toyota RAV4 have spacious interiors with mere numbers up and down, but the Compass has the least cargo space behind the first and the second row. Behind the first row, the Subaru and the Honda provide equal space, however, the all-new RAV4 has the largest cargo capacity behind its second row.

Highlights of the interior features of the Subaru Forester include —

  • Power rear windows
  • Front cupholder
  • Rear cupholder
  • Valet Function
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Driver footrest
  • Locking glove box
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Cargo space light
  • Cargo floor trim
  • The fully digital instrument panel
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Three 12V charging socket
  • Air filtration
  • Front armrest
  • Rear armrest
  • Manually adjustable rear head restraints
  • System Monitor

How intuitive is 2023 Subaru Forester’s Infotainment system?

The first three models of the Subaru Forester are composed of a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, but the higher variants offer an 8-inch touchscreen. The infotainment screen of all the models is furnished with the updated Starlink interface. The screen is easy to navigate and has features that anyone would appreciate. It has good visibility and touch response and is in favor of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The car has at least 3 USB ports to charge your phone. Except for the base, all the other models have standard 4G Wi-Fi support. The Subaru Eyesight system works well. The lane centering assist helps the vehicle while drifting out from the lane.

More impressive infotainment features include–

  • Radio data system
  • Speed compensated volume control
  • Bluetooth handsfree text messaging connectivity
  • 4 speaker audio system on the ordinary trims
  • Harman Kardon sound system on the premium trim
  • Steering wheel controls
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Exterior

The exterior look of the Forester gives it a truck-like impression. The base, Premium, and Sport variants offer 5 different exterior color options while the rest of the three trims give a wide range of 9 colors to choose from. The headlight cluster in the new Forester looks way different than its previous generations. The standard black grille with piano black elements looks promising. The 3D textured finish on the bottom of the front end gives it a bit of a rugged sort of adventure vibe. Full LED headlights come with LED daytime lights.

The 17-inch alloys on the standard trims look decent with a diamond cut finish from the outside and a piano black finish from the inside. Even the 18-inch alloys are pretty modest in the Forester, as some of its key rivals offer 19 and 20-inch wheels. It does provide over 200 mm of ground clearance which is higher than most of the competitors. The satin finish on the wing mirror with the built-in indicator lends a gentle appeal. Chrome elements around the doors are offered on the higher trims, but it does carry roof rails with them.

In the back end, even the top model does not provide LED tail lights, instead, Subaru offers incandescent globes. The shark fin aerial and Forester wrote on the back along with a reminder of AWD trying to give it a more modest appearance than its old generations.

Model

2023 

Subaru

Forester

2023 

Honda

CR-V

2023

Toyota 

RAV4

2023 

Jeep

Compass

Curb Weight (lbs)

 

3454 lbs.

 

3337 lbs

 

3370 lbs.

 

3184 lbs.

Length (in.)

182.7 inches

182.1 inches

180.9 inches

173.4 inches

Width (in.)

71.5 inches

73 inches

73 inches

73.8 inches

Height (in.)

67.5 inches

66.1 inches

67 inches

64.6 inches

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7 inches

7.8 inches

8.4 inches

7.7 inches

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1 inches

104.8 inches

105.9 inches

103.8 inches

The Toyota RAV4 has the longest wheelbase, while the new Forester is the longest car in the segment. The Compass is the widest car among the four vehicles, but it does not offer that much airy interior. A few centimeters less, the Forester is also fitted with the comparative wheelbase. Honda CR-V and the Compass offer almost the same amount of ground clearance, whereas the Subaru Forester offers the highest ground clearance.

Highlights of the exterior features —

  • Body-colored front bumper
  • Body-colored rear bumper
  • Black grille
  • Black power side mirrors
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Liftgate rear cargo access 
  • LED brake lights 
  • Power door locks
  • Headlights with automatic high beams
Safety

The 2022 Subaru Forester scored 4 out of the 5-star ratings in the rollover crash test. It scored a 5-star in overall safety ratings. Along with that, it comes with Adaptive Cruise control, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation, and much more impressive safety features.

These features on the Forester add to the safety –

  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Side impact beams
  • Collision mitigation front and rear
  • Dual stage driver and passenger airbags
  • Airbag occupancy sensors
  • Rear child safety locks 
  • Driver’s knee airbag
Competition

2023 Subaru Forester vs. 2023 Honda CR-V

With an extra $1000, the CR-V offers a little more power and performance. The Forester comes standard with an AWD system, but the CR-V offers an FWD system as basic. Both the SUVs offer a competitive roomy cabin, but the Forester has a little longer wheelbase. The CR-V comes with a lesser top speed but it secures more cargo space behind its second-row seats. The exterior design of the CR-V gives a simple and sober appearance, whereas the Forester proposes a ruggedness in its style.

2023 Subaru forester vs. 2023 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 does provide a great power output than the Forester, but it does not cope with the fuel economy figures. It carries less curb weight than the Forester but takes the same amount of time to catch the speed. Carrying the dimensions equivalent to the RAV4, the Forester delivers a more airy interior. The Toyota RAV4 provides the highest in the segment cargo space behind its second row. Side profiles of both the cars somewhere match each other.

2023 Subaru Forester vs. 2023 Jeep Compass

Though the Jeep Compass is way shorter in length compared to the Forester, and it comes up with the lowest curb weight. The Forester provides more space for the passengers to accommodate, but it also delivers a comparatively larger cargo capacity. With a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Compass offers more top speed. The Forester provides more ground clearance and a longer wheelbase. The exterior of the Jeep feels more polished and updated, while the Forester carries a look of an off-roading vehicle.

Final Verdict

You can consider it over the other vehicles in the segment. Its standard symmetrical AWD system works well, and some of its rivals offer it as an option. The engine feels a little tepid, but it offers good comfortable seats and an interior. The various standard safety features make it a choice above the others. Suspensions are well-tuned and help provide a smoother ride quality in the not-so-good terrains. It is a good value for your money.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$28320

body style

dr Crossover

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

176 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

dimensions
length

182.1 in

wheelbase

105.1 in

width

71.5 in

curb weight

3449 lbs

Height

67.5 in

Ground Clearance

8.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

111.9 cu ft

cargo volume

76.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

highway range

547.80 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.


Subaru Forester 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,845
5 Year Cost To Own
$41,043
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,043
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,166$1,905$1,807$2,112$2,093$11,083
Insurance$1,160$1,204$1,326$1,347$1,369$6,406
Fuel$1,671$1,737$1,788$1,829$1,886$8,911
Maintenance$482$930$648$2,348$1,188$5,596
Repairs$-46$-5$152$301$504$906
Financing Interest$1,730$1,368$1,010$638$196$4,942
Taxes and Fees$2,393$189$243$154$220$3,199
Total Cost-To-Own$10,556$7,328$6,974$8,729$7,456$41,043
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