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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Hyundai Santa Fe or Subaru Outback reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Subaru Outback truly differ in 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 Subaru Outback 42 Outbacks, 3.9 months of data per Outback, average 4000 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 48 Santa Fes, 8.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 9900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most of the sample is Santa Fe Sports. Improved from initially high repair frequency.
32
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Outback 105 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 12800 miles23
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 25 Santa Fes, 9.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 21500 miles27
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Outback 111 Outbacks, 10.4 months of data per Outback, average 25300 miles18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 29 Santa Fes, 9.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 31000 miles18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Outback 147 Outbacks, 10.0 months of data per Outback, average 38000 miles29
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 34 Santa Fes, 8.2 months of data per Santa Fe, average 37200 miles43
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Outback 117 Outbacks, 9.2 months of data per Outback, average 49400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 44 Santa Fes, 8.9 months of data per Santa Fe, average 47100 miles34
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Outback 55 Outbacks, 9.2 months of data per Outback, average 58300 miles40
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 35 Santa Fes, 10.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 54000 miles58
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Outback 68 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 72600 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
66
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 42 Santa Fes, 9.8 months of data per Santa Fe, average 73100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
49
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Outback 48 Outbacks, 10.0 months of data per Outback, average 74200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Outback 70 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 90200 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
88
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Outback 100 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 100100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
95
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   19 Santa Fes, 8.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 110600 miles

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2004 Subaru Outback 25 Outbacks, 8.6 months of data per Outback, average 122700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
89
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe   10 Santa Fes, 9.4 months of data per Santa Fe, average 110600 miles

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2003 Subaru Outback 27 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 135300 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Outback   21 Outbacks, 7.5 months of data per Outback, average 146000 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback 32 Outbacks, 8.6 months of data per Outback, average 162900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
109
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Outback   21 Outbacks, 8.4 months of data per Outback, average 157300 miles

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1999 Subaru Outback   15 Outbacks, 7.5 months of data per Outback, average 151200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Hyundai Santa Fe

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What Our Members Are Saying about Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Santa Fe: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Car feels well put together, and everything works!
2009 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
time will tell it is is durable
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
seems to run ok so far! has gotten many great reviews, consumer report best buy for 2008 for a midsize SUV
2008 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Hyundai warranty; Motor Trend and Customer Reports recommendation; built in Alabama (USA facility); built at same factory as Sonata; great word of mouth about Hyundai and catching up to Japanese companies; continues to impress with new cars like Genesis
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reviews, great warrantee
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Never left me on the road, warranty covers almost everything
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Hyundai has been constantly improving and the quality we found in the Santa Fe, after having driven all of the competition vehicles, by far surpassed the others.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far the car has had only minor issues all covered under the 5 year warranty.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
From past experience with the Hyundai products, I felt that if this vehicle came close to the previous one, I would be very happy. All professional auto critics praise the Santa Fe.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No shop visits required in two years
Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Santa Fe: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We purchased this vehicle new and paid over 26k for it - until this week, we have been generally OK with the purchase (not excited, just OK). Well, it didn't start early this week, stranding my wife at night, in a vacant parking lot. No fun - we eventually got her, and left the Santa Fe. We called to have it towed to the local Hyundai dealership (North Park in Covington) - after all it only has 62k highway miles it and has been greatly taken care of, and it does have the 100k warranty, right? They led me to believe the warranty would cover repairs, but then they said the Starter was bad (we had owned many vehicles in 50 or so years - never a starter failure). Anyway, 100k coverage should take care of their (they said 580 bucks for a Starter - can you believe it) repair on this vehicle. We had it towed to the dealer specifically because of the warranty coverage. Well, the starter is now NOT part of a powertrain (have you ever seen a powertrain operate without a STARTER)? DISGUSTING to say the least - Our family has purchased multiple new Hyundai's from THIS exact dealer, and they cannot cover the STARTER? This sucks. Then later that day I found a TSB from Hyundai on a "cheap" fix for these Starter issues (less than 10 bucks for the part), but OF COURSE this doesn't apply to our repair - we need a NEW one. THEN, they don't have any starters in stock - WOW - NONE, and wanted me to pay extra to ship it faster, or I'd have to wait all week. THEN, I called Hyundai National Customer Service, and they did NOTHING for me. HYUNDAI, you SUCK.
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lower mileage warranty, at least here in Canada.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far not impress, no major problems, but several issues that seem to take a long time to be fix, but dealerships.

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