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Honda Civic vs. Subaru Impreza Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2012 - 2016 Subaru Impreza / WRX
16.8571428571% Best 67% Worst
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2016 Honda Civic
49.4285714286% Best 124% Worst
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2013 - 2015 Honda Civic
1.42857142857% Best 40% Worst
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2012 Honda Civic
3.71428571429% Best 44% Worst
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2006 - 2011 Honda Civic
23.7142857143% Best 79% Worst
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2008 - 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
44.8571428571% Best 116% Worst
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2002 - 2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
44.2857142857% Best 115% Worst
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2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
25.4285714286% Best 82% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2013 The 2012 Honda Civic wasn't pretty. It wasn't fun to drive. It didn't ride well. It outsold all other compact sedans last year anyway. Why? Because it's a safe choice. It was "good enough," and Civics have almost always been highly reliable. Even with the changes for 2013, many of the car's parts remain similar if not identical to those used in the 2006 Civic, so there's no reason to expect this to change. The Dodge Dart might eventually prove to be reliable, but in its first model year, and based on a FIAT, it's currently a gamble. full 2013 Honda Civic review
2013 Judging from responses to our Car Reliability Survey, Volkswagens have become more reliable. But risk-averse car enthusiasts will continue to pick the Civic Si over the Jetta GLI. Though the averages aren't as far apart as they once were, and perceptions likely lag reality, the Civic has been reliable more consistently over the years. Your odds of getting a lemon aren't high with either car, but they're higher with with VW. We haven't crunched any numbers on the percentage of repairs that are not successful, but my sense is that VWs are also more likely to be difficult to fix if and when they do have problems. Then horror stories appear on the Internet, maintaining the widespread (if not entirely deserved) impression that recent Volkswagens are troublesome. full 2013 Honda Civic review
 

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

Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
The only problem we ever had with this car was a bad front wheel hub and front pads at 42,000 miles. Everything else on this car was sturdy and worked well. full 2011 Honda Civic review
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability. full 2011 Honda Civic review
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems full 2011 Honda Civic review
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability full 2010 Honda Civic review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable car. full 2009 Honda Civic review
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. full 2009 Honda Civic review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent full 2009 Honda Civic review
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Over 180K on the odometer, and I've had only one non-wear item to need repair. That being said, that one problem could have been a huge issue -- it was adefective engine block that suddenly developed a small crack that leaked coolant. Fortunately, it was 100% covered by Honda as an extended warranty item on my 7-year old car -- they literally replaced the engine block including labor. full 2008 Honda Civic review
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. full 2008 Honda Civic review
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. full 2008 Honda Civic review
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 full 2008 Honda Civic review
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong full 2007 Honda Civic review
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. full 2007 Honda Civic review
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. full 2007 Honda Civic review
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 full 2006 Honda Civic review
Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have had few to no reliability issues. There are regular wear items that when driven hard will wear out faster, but otherwise, these are relatively bullet-proof. Honda's engineers really know what they're doing. I have never had an issue where something broke and I said, "Why wasn't that component made strong enough?" It's always something like, "Ooh. The brakes are pulsing really badly. Welp... I guess that's what happens when you use cheap, aftermarket brake hardware in heavy traffic." Just be sure to check your oil level every 500 miles or so if you're driving it hard on shorter, around-town trips. It'll drink some oil in that case. Long trips aren't a concern, though. full 2009 Honda Civic review
 

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. full 2013 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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). full 2012 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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. full 2011 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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. full 2010 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Reputation is outstanding full 2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review
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. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport review