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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.

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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 Subaru Impreza 30 Imprezas, 4.6 months of data per Impreza, average 5100 miles17
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 6700 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 59 Imprezas, 9.3 months of data per Impreza, average 14400 miles4
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 81 Civics, 9.6 months of data per Civic, average 26500 miles

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12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Impreza 54 Imprezas, 9.6 months of data per Impreza, average 24200 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year.
16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   15 WRX / STIs, 10.3 months of data per WRX / STI, average 22000 miles

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2011 Honda Civic   23 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 32800 miles

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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 42 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 28200 miles37
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 43300 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 54100 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 64 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 56000 miles11
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 55600 miles50
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 87 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 77300 miles32
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 34 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 71200 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 88200 miles42
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   18 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 77200 miles

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2006 Honda Civic 67 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 110100 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 75000 miles53
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 29 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 102200 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 52 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 100500 miles84
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 133500 miles45
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   21 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.1 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 111800 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 7.0 months of data per Civic, average 124500 miles51
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   14 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 127900 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 48 Civics, 8.3 months of data per Civic, average 138300 miles69
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.0 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 113700 miles75
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 32 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 159400 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 136500 miles50
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 163200 miles55
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
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
excellent
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.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
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
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
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.
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 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.
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
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
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances.
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
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.
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
overall fantastic. rarely but sometimes if parked at the wrong angle(?) takes two trys to start. I think it has to do with the location of the fuel pump.
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Reputation is outstanding
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.