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Honda Civic vs. Subaru Impreza / Outback Sport Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Honda Civic 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Civics, 6.9 months of data per Civic, average 6500 miles
2015 Subaru Impreza 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Imprezas, 6.9 months of data per Impreza, average 6700 miles

 

2014 Honda Civic 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 10500 miles
2014 Subaru Impreza 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Imprezas, 10.0 months of data per Impreza, average 19200 miles

 

2013 Honda Civic 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 22800 miles
2013 Subaru Impreza 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Imprezas, 8.7 months of data per Impreza, average 30900 miles
2013 Subaru WRX / STI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 WRX / STIs, 9.5 months of data per WRX / STI, average 33000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2012 Honda Civic 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 44100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2012 Subaru Impreza 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Imprezas, 10.6 months of data per Impreza, average 46300 miles

Impreza redesigned for this model year. Some reports of excessive oil consumption in the Impreza.
2012 Subaru WRX / STI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 WRX / STIs, 9.3 months of data per WRX / STI, average 37900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Honda Civic 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 52600 miles
2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.7 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 40700 miles

 

2010 Honda Civic 15
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 63900 miles
2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 67500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Honda Civic 27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 76800 miles
2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 64
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 66300 miles

 

2008 Honda Civic 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 89400 miles
2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 59
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 89000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2007 Honda Civic 26
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 108400 miles
2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 97200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Honda Civic 43
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 124100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 76
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.8 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 87300 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Honda Civic 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 126600 miles
2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 75
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 119800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Civics, 7.6 months of data per Civic, average 137100 miles
2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.2 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 124600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 135900 miles
2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 153800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Honda Civic 61
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 126100 miles
2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 10.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 120000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Honda Civic 92
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 161600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2000 Honda Civic   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Civics, 4.4 months of data per Civic, average 148800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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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 manual FWD
Reliable car.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
It is immensely reliable, especially for a sports car. It always starts right up, never runs hot or rough, has never shown a single leak of any kind, whether fluids leaking from the engine or wind/water leaks inside. It's my trusty steed that never disappoints for security and performance, no matter what the world throws at it. Yes, I've abused it by accodent a few times--foot slipped and popped the clutch, backed up with the hand break on, the long nose and ground effects are very susceptible to high curbs. But all in all, this vehicle has been a solid 9.5. I'd give it a 10, but the stupid "hill assist" that you can't turn off caused me to lose the clutch at 23,000 miles. It's ironic that the people who lose their clutches early on these WRXs are the ones with the most experience--quicker feet than the cutoff on the "hill assist", which wears out the clutch PDQ but with no sign of trouble until it totally fails way too early. It's a very stupid, incredibly annoying feature on a hot sports car that only comes as a stick shift. I understand that this feature can be turned off on the STI, but not the WRX. Grrr.
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.
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.