I've had a love affair with subaru hatchbacks for a while now. I've never owned one but I'm hoping to change that. I'm looking to get a 2009-2011 hatch. It seems like a lot of the the used ones that I'm interested in are practically the same price as a new one. Is this normal or can it also be attributed to inflation of prices of whats available because of the setback Japanese automakers have suffered from the earthquake? I told myself I'd never buy a new car again (currently own a 2010 Kia Forte SX) but I'm starting to reconsider. Personal inputs on new vs. used?
Also I'd love to hear any suggestions on which years you prefer. I love the looks of the 2011, I don't think there is much mechanical difference between the 09-11's. If that's wrong, feel free to correct me.
I was also looking at the "high mileage club" thread. Seems like most of the people on there are like 04-06's or so. Can we expect the newer model years to last for that many miles on mostly stock internals as well as long as it isn't abused? Thank you so much.