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Honda Civic vs. Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Civic or Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport have been recently.

Honda Civic Reliability vs. Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability: Honda Civic Reliability vs. Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability:
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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 4.8 months of data per Civic, average 3400 miles0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Impreza 40 Imprezas, 7.5 months of data per Impreza, average 8200 miles8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Civic 50 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 11200 miles7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 55 Imprezas, 10.7 months of data per Impreza, average 19900 miles12
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 84 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 32100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Impreza 53 Imprezas, 9.5 months of data per Impreza, average 32400 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year. Some reports of excessive oil consumption in the Impreza.
12
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   15 WRX / STIs, 9.4 months of data per WRX / STI, average 27000 miles

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2011 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 9.6 months of data per Civic, average 36900 miles10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 40 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.4 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 31500 miles35
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 53000 miles23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.7 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 59400 miles16
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 67 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 61900 miles27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 28 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 57400 miles47
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 78 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 83700 miles25
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 32 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 77100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
43
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 71 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 92300 miles33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 92700 miles

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2006 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 119100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 79000 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 32 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 110300 miles43
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 47 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 108100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
53
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 138400 miles43
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   16 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 116300 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 35 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 126600 miles52
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   12 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.7 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 136700 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 133300 miles58
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   23 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 119900 miles

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2001 Honda Civic 33 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 160400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 135600 miles55
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic   18 Civics, 5.7 months of data per Civic, average 163500 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable car.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are many good cars in this regard, but Honda is again one of the leaders, as well as having the least expensive parts for maintenance and repair, according to a CAA Survey a couple of years ago.
2008 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
It is a low maintenance, low cost to own, and long lasting small vehicle that can be driven "worry free".
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport

Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru is legendary for the durability & craftsmanship of the engine, powertrain, and vehicle frame. The interior may not be luxury, but that's fine by me.
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I do not trust this car on any kind of extended trip. The owner's manual calls for oil changes every 7,500 miles. A synthetic oil is used that makes oil changes expensive. Normally about 3,500 miles after an oil change, your oil light comes on and you have to add oil. On 3 trips of more than 100 miles, this has happened to me. Then you have to locate a Subaru dealer to get the oil they are using. My dealer has given me oil to keep in the car but this is not satisfactory to me. I do not feel the car is reliable and am looking to trade it on something else.
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Ultimately it was Subaru's predicted reliability past 50,000 miles that had us make our final decision between this car and a Volkswagen (Jetta or Passat).
2011 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have had zero issues with this car, it performs well for me day in and day out without fail. I love it and I am proud to say I own a Subaru.
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I have a lot of friends with Subarus who say nothing but good things. Word-of-mouth is a huge deciding factor here.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
No problems so far (I bought the Impreza). This is more based on word of mouth than experience - I know friends who have 200,000+ miles, so durability is certainly achievable in this car.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc.
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Basic maintence is all that needs to be done for the most part. Subaru is an extremely reliable vehicle.
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand.
Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub had some issues with the 08 tune for the sti. They where prone to cracking the piston rings in sustained high rpm use. This is not a good thing !! They have since done a service recall to fix this issue.