Originally Posted by banyan
^^^ You have to use transaction prices for a fair comparison. Edge gets discounted heavily and Outback not so much (at least in my region). Crosstour had a lot of incentives last time I checked since it is not selling well. I have been cross shopping these vehicles for a while. I made the mistake of showing Subaru AWD (comparison) video to my wife. She doesn't want to buy any other brand AWD/4WD vehicle. So we will be probably getting an Outback. I am leery of getting a 2013 because of the new engine and second generation CVT. Might wait for 2014MY so that all the kinks will be worked out by then.
I looked up the KBB "Fair Purchase Price" for the lowest trim AWD/Auto available for each (except Outback... I chose Premium rather than Base). Outback $24.7k, Venza $27.9k, Edge $31.8k, Crosstour $32.3k.
The 2013 will probably be fine, but I suppose the 2014 would be an even safer bet. Sometimes toward the end of runs, though, I think the cost-cutters find ways to shave expenses by cutting corners. But then again, Subaru usually keeps adding value by upping the feature content, too, such as via a Special Edition package. *shrug* Lots of things to weigh.