With Subaru’s plant shutdown in the U.S. through May 2, it may be harder to find a 2021 Subaru Outback or 2022 Outback model this summer. Subaru will lose approximately 15,000 vehicles to the production shutdown affecting SUV shoppers this spring and summer. The microchip shortage is affecting new Subaru models, and it’s raising used car prices.
A new study from Consumer Reports reveals that demand for used cars is pushing prices up with the shortage of new vehicles. The average cost of a used car jumped 12.5 percent over the past year, from $21,020 to $23,643, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.
As of this writing, Torque News reached out to a source close to Subaru and found 2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Outback, and 2021 Crosstrek inventory is holding up well right now. The source told us they are out of 2021 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family haulers completely.
If you cannot buy a new model now, which is the best year if you shop for a previously owned Subaru Outback? Consumer Reports ranked the most reliable three-year-old midsize SUVs, and the 2018 Subaru Outback scores one of the eight best used SUV choices. You can also check Subaru’s Certified Pre-Owned inventory in your area here.
The best three-year-old midsize SUVs
In addition to the 2018 Subaru Outback, the other seven models Consumer Reports ranks high are, listed alphabetically, the 2018 Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Murano, and Toyota…