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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 Kia Sorento 42
78.5714285714% 78.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Sorentos, 6.7 months of data per Sorento, average 6700 miles

Redesigned.
2016 Subaru Outback 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  101 Outbacks, 4.4 months of data per Outback, average 4200 miles

 

2015 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Sorentos, 9.3 months of data per Sorento, average 12600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Subaru Outback 42
82.9192546584% 82.9192546584% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  154 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 11000 miles

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

 

2014 Kia Sorento 24
33.4285714286% 33.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Sorentos, 9.7 months of data per Sorento, average 28400 miles

Refreshed.
2014 Subaru Outback 22
28.8571428571% 28.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  79 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 24500 miles

 

2013 Kia Sorento 36
49.5073891626% 49.5073891626% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Sorentos, 9.1 months of data per Sorento, average 42200 miles
2013 Subaru Outback 20
17.9802955665% 17.9802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  118 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 38800 miles

 

2012 Kia Sorento 57
80.3571428571% 80.3571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Sorentos, 8.9 months of data per Sorento, average 48700 miles
2012 Subaru Outback 27
26.7857142857% 26.7857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  104 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 48900 miles

 

2011 Kia Sorento 29
25.9183673469% 25.9183673469% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Sorentos, 10.2 months of data per Sorento, average 61400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Outback 33
32.4489795918% 32.4489795918% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  127 Outbacks, 10.3 months of data per Outback, average 63900 miles

 

2010 Subaru Outback 38
34.2490842491% 34.2490842491% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  95 Outbacks, 10.0 months of data per Outback, average 73800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Subaru Outback 91
78.5714285714% 78.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 86600 miles

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

 

2008 Subaru Outback 95
82.967032967% 82.967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 98200 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 10.1 months of data per Sorento, average 97800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Subaru Outback 95
77.2727272727% 77.2727272727% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 94100 miles

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

 

2006 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 11.1 months of data per Sorento, average 79000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Subaru Outback 66
44.7368421053% 44.7368421053% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 101900 miles

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

 

2005 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 8.8 months of data per Sorento, average 149000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Outback H6s, 10.6 months of data per Outback H6, average 125100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback H4 86
56.5759637188% 56.5759637188% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Outback H4s, 9.9 months of data per Outback H4, average 112500 miles

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

 

2004 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Outbacks, 7.9 months of data per Outback, average 142100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Outback 102
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 147800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Outbacks, 7.9 months of data per Outback, average 161600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Outback 90
44.5054945055% 44.5054945055% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Outbacks, 6.4 months of data per Outback, average 180200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2000 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Outbacks, 5.2 months of data per Outback, average 154500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 0 This has been the worst car I have ever owned for needing maitenance and repairs. Shocked and dissappointed. see full 2016 Kia Sorento review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2015 Most people would assume that the Outback will also prove far more reliable than the Cherokee (a Jeep with Fiat roots), and buy the Subaru for this reason. But they're about even in our reliability stats so far--both are good but not great--and some owners of 2011-2013 Subarus with this four-cylinder engine have been reporting excessive oil consumption. Odds based on the past history of Subarus and Jeeps still favor the Outback, but I'll withhold judgment for at least another year or two. see full 2016 Subaru Outback review