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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Subaru Outback Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Santa Fes, 6.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 5600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2016 Subaru Outback 10
4.54545454545% 4.54545454545% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  144 Outbacks, 5.8 months of data per Outback, average 5000 miles

 

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Santa Fes, 9.9 months of data per Santa Fe, average 10300 miles
2015 Subaru Outback 36
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  152 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 13600 miles

Redesigned. Common problems with wind noise around the front side windows and the fuel door release.

 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 26
38% 38% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Santa Fes, 9.8 months of data per Santa Fe, average 21100 miles
2014 Subaru Outback 24
33.4285714286% 33.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  81 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 27600 miles

 

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 30
37.684729064% 37.684729064% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Santa Fes, 8.9 months of data per Santa Fe, average 34400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most of the sample is Santa Fe Sports.
2013 Subaru Outback 21
19.9507389163% 19.9507389163% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  120 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 42600 miles

 

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Santa Fes, 8.3 months of data per Santa Fe, average 48000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Subaru Outback 23
20.9677419355% 20.9677419355% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  99 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 52000 miles

 

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 80
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Santa Fes, 9.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 57900 miles

The reported repair frequency for the 2011 has been much higher than that for adjacent model years for over a year. One possible explanation: this was the first model year assembled at Kia's plant in Georgia.
2011 Subaru Outback 33
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  128 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 67200 miles

 

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Santa Fes, 8.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 59800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Subaru Outback 43
41.5750915751% 41.5750915751% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  95 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 76300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Dramatic improvement in reliability compared to the previous generation.

 

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 54
39.0756302521% 39.0756302521% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Santa Fes, 10.4 months of data per Santa Fe, average 72800 miles
2009 Subaru Outback 79
67.0868347339% 67.0868347339% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 88100 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.

 

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 62
46.7032967033% 46.7032967033% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Santa Fes, 10.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 77000 miles
2008 Subaru Outback 102
90.6593406593% 90.6593406593% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Outbacks, 8.9 months of data per Outback, average 100900 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 76
52.1791767554% 52.1791767554% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Santa Fes, 9.4 months of data per Santa Fe, average 103600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2007 Subaru Outback 112
87.0460048426% 87.0460048426% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 96000 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2006 Subaru Outback 88
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 103500 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.

 

2005 Subaru Outback H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Outback H6s, 9.5 months of data per Outback H6, average 129200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback H4 97
61.3006396588% 61.3006396588% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Outback H4s, 9.8 months of data per Outback H4, average 114400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.

 

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Santa Fes, 10.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 99700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 139300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Outback 107
55.9674502712% 55.9674502712% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 158900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Outbacks, 8.2 months of data per Outback, average 168900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Outbacks, 7.0 months of data per Outback, average 189200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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