If you want to buy a compact SUV, consider the Subaru Forester. The easy handling, comprehensive safety features, and the sleek, sporty, and utilitarian traits of the Forester make it a prime choice for both city driving and even the occasional off-roading.
The question is: should you buy it new or used? Will there be great differences between a new Forester and a pre-owned unit, especially when it comes to costs and performance? Which suits you better? Here are some points to consider:
AffordabilityGenerally, the base price of a used car would be cheaper than its new counterpart, since factors like mileage depreciate its value. However, you have to consider other costs as well. For instance, new cars (and car models) may be more fuel efficient than pre-owned or extensively used vehicles. The latter may also have expired warranties and need repairs or maintenance work sooner. Factor in the initial and the maintenance costs (together with your financing options) upon deciding.
FeaturesYou can bet that newer Forester models look sleeker, have roomier interiors, and have more advanced equipment or technologies, but older ones are pretty capable and efficient, too. You can enjoy these features in both new and used cars. Make sure to shop from reputable car dealerships, so even if you get a used model, you can make sure that the quality of its features are still intact or professionally maintained.