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How much should you pay for a used 2016 Subaru Forester?

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It can be hard to choose between the many great small SUVs on offer these days, but one that stands out from the rest is the Subaru Forester. It is one of the most capable off-road vehicles around with standard four-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and a powerful optional turbocharged engine that can take you over nearly any terrain you need it to.

When you combine that with the ample cargo and seating space, good fuel economy, excellent reliability rating, well-equipped interior, and generous slew of safety features, you have an all-around vehicle that can suit any of your needs.

And you can get a great SUV with almost all of the features of a new one at a fraction of the price by purchasing a used model, like the 2016 Subaru Forester. CoPilot is here to help you decide if the 2016 Forester is right for you and how much you should pay for one.

How Much Does the Average Used 2016 Subaru Forester Cost?                            

Certified Pre-Owned: $18,032

Savings vs. New: $15,382

An average 2016 Subaru Forester with Subaru’s certified pre-owned warranty coverage costs just over $18,000 on average, saving you over $15,000 compared to the price of a new Forester.

Non-Certified Pre-owned: $16,625

Savings vs. New: $16,789

If you don’t need the reassurance of Subaru’s certified pre-owned program, you can save even more money. The average non-CPO 2016 Subaru Forester costs less than half of what it did when it was new. 


CoPilot searches your area and lets you know if there’s a better deal on a similar vehicle nearby, so you’re always certain you got the best deal possible. The CoPilot app is the smartest way to buy a car. 

What’s the Average Mileage for Used 2016 Subaru Foresters?

Average Certified Pre-Owned Mileage: 48,820

Average Uncertified Mileage: 69,395

What factors affect used prices the most?

Certified/Non-certified status

The certified pre-owned status of the 2016 Subaru Forester adds $1,407 on average to the pre-owned price. For that added cost, you know that your new Forester has passed a 152-point inspection from Subaru and gains a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, complete with an allowance for service rentals, trip interruption services, and 247 roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty. 

Trim levels & features

The 2016 Subaru Forester comes in six trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium, and 2.0XT Touring.

2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i

The base model Forester 2.5i comes with all-wheel drive, 17-inch steel wheels (which give it a great 7.9 inches of ground clearance), a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth smartphone integration, a four-speaker sound system, HD Radio, CD player, and USB/aux audio integration. The average 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i costs about $13,800.

2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

The 2.5i Premium trim adds roof rails, alloy wheels, privacy glass, power-adjustable driver seat and reclining rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, a larger 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a premium sound system. These upgrades add almost $2,400 to the base price at an average listing price of $16,187.


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2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

The 2.5i Limited trim adds heated side mirrors, heated leather seats, a spoiler, automatic headlights, hill descent control, upgraded instruments, and a power liftgate. This trim adds over $1,000 to the Premium trim at an average price of $17,296.

2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring

The 2.5i Touring trim upgrades the wheels to 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You can expect to pay around $18,742 for this trim.

2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium

The 2.0XT Premium replaces the stock 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharged 2.0L one, upgrading from 170 horsepower to 250 horsepower. It also adds a sport-tuned suspension to the features of the 2.5i Premium. This performance model comes at an average price of $17,416.

2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

As the highest available trim, the Subaru Forester offers all you could need in a crossover SUV designed to work well on and off-road. With the performance features of the 2.0XT Premium and the convenience and luxury of the 2.5i Touring, this trim gives you the best of both worlds. And for all this, you can still expect to pay under twenty grand, with an average listing going for $19,643.


One of the most important factors in the price of a given used car is its mileage. With an average savings of $15,382 compared to buying a new Forester, and an average of 48,820 miles on the odometer, you can expect to save about $3,150 for every 10,000 miles your certified pre-owned 2016 Forester has been driven. For non-CPO models, you can expect to save $2,419 for every 10,000 miles.


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The Easiest Way to Find Reliable 2016 Foresters in Your Area

Want to see the math behind which year model of Subaru Forester you should buy? Check out CoPilot Compare, the search engine for nearly-new cars. We’ll break down your savings for each used year model of Subaru Forester and search all the dealerships in your area for the best deals.

The best part? CoPilot is built using the same software that dealerships use, so you’ll get access to data you can’t get elsewhere, like how long a car has been on the lot or if there are better-priced alternatives nearby.

Also, CoPilot doesn’t work with dealerships, so there are no ‘promoted’ or ‘sponsored’ listings - just the best cars in your area. Learn more about how CoPilot works on our About Us page.