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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 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 3.3 months of data per Civic, average 2600 miles

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2014 Subaru Impreza 37 Imprezas, 6.2 months of data per Impreza, average 6700 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 8900 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Impreza 56 Imprezas, 10.2 months of data per Impreza, average 17200 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 90 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 29600 miles

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12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Impreza 55 Imprezas, 9.9 months of data per Impreza, average 29300 miles

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18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru WRX / STI   16 WRX / STIs, 9.6 months of data per WRX / STI, average 24300 miles

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2011 Honda Civic   24 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 34700 miles

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2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 40 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 30100 miles41
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 48700 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 26 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 57400 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 57 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 58600 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 28 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.9 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 57500 miles60
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 79 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 80700 miles26
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 35 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.5 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 73900 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 89500 miles27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   19 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 82500 miles

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2006 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 114900 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 27 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 76000 miles60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 109300 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 52 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.6 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 104600 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 137300 miles49
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   18 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 8.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 113900 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 38 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 128800 miles56
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport   12 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 9.3 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 134700 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 137200 miles57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport 28 Impreza / WRX / Outback Sports, 7.4 months of data per Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport, average 115900 miles92
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 31 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 160300 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 135600 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 7.1 months of data per Civic, average 162800 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
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 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 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".
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
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).
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.
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 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.
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 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub has a great track record for both its reliability and durability.
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.