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CR’s 11 Best Used Cars and SUVs Under $5K – You Won’t Find Subaru Models

CR's 11 Best Used Cars and SUVs Under $5K - You Won't Find Subaru Models

Consumer Reports says there are none used 2005 Subaru ForesterUnder $5,000 Outback, Impreza, or Legacy Models That Make the latest list of best used models. Is it because they are unreliable or dangerous? To make the list of consumer reports, models have medium reliability, have “a safety system that saves lives,” and can be purchased for less than $5,000.

CR’s list of eleven cars and SUVs includes the 2005 Toyota Corolla, 2005 Toyota Prius, 2005 Pontiac Vibe, 2005 Toyota Matrix, 2004 Honda Accord, 2003 Lexus ES, 2004 Toyota Avalon, 2004 Toyota Camry, 2005 Honda Pilot, and 2004 Toyota RAV4.

You won’t find the 2005 Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza or Legacy model on the list. It’s not because they are unreliable or dangerous. You won’t find good used Subaru models for sale at this price as they are in high demand and will cost over $5,000.

It won’t be cheap if you can find someone willing to sell a 2005 Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza and Legacy. Subaru owners hold onto their vehicles or pass them on to family members. If they cost less than $5,000, they are likely to be high mileage vehicles and in need of expensive engine repairs.

2005 Subaru Outback

Subaru all-wheel drive

That doesn’t mean you can’t find a used 2005 Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza or Legacy in good condition for sale. You’ll have to pay a little more as they all come standard with four-wheel drive for all-weather performance. Most of the models listed above do not have four-wheel drive and some were an expensive option.

Safety Scores

The 2005 Subaru models also get the highest crash ratings “Good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with the exception of the Outback, which received a slightly lower “Acceptable” rating.

Fuel consumption

The 2005 Subaru Forester gets an estimated EPA 20/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg with the five-speed manual transmission. Automatic models get 20/26 mpg city/highway and 22 combined mpg.

The 2005 Subaru Outback gets an estimated EPA 20/26 city/highway mpg and 22 combined mpg with 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The 2005 Subaru Legacy gets an estimated EPA 20/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg with 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The 2005 Subaru Impreza gets an estimated EPA 20/27 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg with the five-speed manual transmission. Automatic models get 20/26 mpg city/highway and 22 combined mpg.

Are the older Subaru models reliable?

Consumer Reports identified Subaru models and years with the potential to need an expensive engine overhaul. CR says the 2001-2009 Subaru Forester, 2001-2009 Subaru Outback, 2006-2008 Subaru Impreza, and the 2006 Subaru Baja may need to replace the head gaskets if not properly maintained and maintained.

You can find a well-used 2005 Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza, or Legacy model, but you’ll pay well over $5,000. If you buy one of these models and years, check if the head gaskets have been replaced. It is always a good idea to have a certified mechanic check a used vehicle before purchasing it.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Checking out Subaru Report where he handles all models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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