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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

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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 Kia Sorento   24 Sorentos, 8.2 months of data per Sorento, average 9200 miles

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2014 Subaru Outback 62 Outbacks, 5.6 months of data per Outback, average 5500 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Kia Sorento   23 Sorentos, 9.4 months of data per Sorento, average 20300 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback 110 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 16300 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Sorento 42 Sorentos, 9.3 months of data per Sorento, average 28000 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Outback 114 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 28300 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Sorento 61 Sorentos, 8.7 months of data per Sorento, average 43300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Outback 152 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 41000 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Outback 119 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 53800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Outback 55 Outbacks, 9.4 months of data per Outback, average 62100 miles69
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Outback 64 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 75200 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Kia Sorento   14 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 76000 miles

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2007 Subaru Outback 50 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 77800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Kia Sorento   10 Sorentos, 10.6 months of data per Sorento, average 62000 miles

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2006 Subaru Outback 70 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 92100 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Outback 102 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 100100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Outback   24 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 125100 miles

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2003 Subaru Outback 29 Outbacks, 10.9 months of data per Outback, average 144800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Outback   18 Outbacks, 8.3 months of data per Outback, average 145200 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback 29 Outbacks, 8.4 months of data per Outback, average 167500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Outback   19 Outbacks, 8.2 months of data per Outback, average 163400 miles

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1999 Subaru Outback   17 Outbacks, 7.6 months of data per Outback, average 162100 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Kia Sorento

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

Kia Sorento Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No issues so far at 30,000 miles.
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Owned for 14 months and 15K miles with ZERO problems! No issues whatsoever!
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Have over 62,000 miles and only now have a minor problem.
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
3 years owned, aside from replacing wear items, it has visited the shop twice for warranty repair items.
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
47K miles and no issues. Kept on strict Kia service plan.
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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have nearly 30,000 miles and other than oil changes and other Subaru recommended service zero issues. I am just not noticing that my brakes aren't as strong as they once were, will probably have the pads replaced next service interval.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Reputation and family and friends experience tell me I will have this vehicle for a long time.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I just took my 2011 Outback 2.5 Limited in for its timing belt. I have 105,230 miles on the car and bought it new. It is hard to think this car was anything but a great purchase decision. $30 in repairs (gas cap, wasn't stranded) was all I've spent. I had a 2009 Jetta TDI before despite the mileage of the TDI, the Outback is much cheaper to drive. I have purchase a new battery, changed the differential fluid for the 3rd time and use Mobil 1 syth+filter every 7500 mi. Changed the spark plugs at 60k. Don't. Waste of time. They looked brand new. Will do again every 100k. Air filters every 20-30k. Headlights are a pain to change (Youtube). Mine lasted 60k. Guessing the shop will tell me when I need brakes. I think it will be a while still.
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
So far everything is great and it goes like crazy in the snow.
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Most owners rave about its Duability and Reliability and a big percentage of the autos are on the road after 10 years
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I purchase a 1-2 year old used vehicle which I then drive for 10 years at a time. I chose the Subaru due to it's longevity and reliability and it's not been disappointing so far. I'm hoping to get 200k+ miles out of this vehicle and from rea
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Proven reliability.
2010 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Too early to tell.
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Everything about this car seems to be about for and function. Based on reports and friends own experiences I have been told to expect excellent reliability and durability. Most importantly are the number of satisfied owners I have questioned at random.
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
My wife and four kids drive Subarus. All are expected to be driven well over 100,000 miles. None have disappointed us. The AWD system is bulletproof. Standard maintenance procedures will assure long life.
Subaru Outback Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
No repairs needed except for headlamp bulbs and my brakes are still almost new after 78,000 miles.
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
In the first year, we had to replace the tie rods - it was under warranty but very unexpected & a major repair. At about 150,000 we had to replace major things like the head gaskets. The garage told us they make a lot of money on Subarus as this is a very common breakdown. He told us we were lucky to make it to 150K as most go at or before 140K. Our Toyotas went to almost 200,000 and we never replaced anything major - just routine maintenance. There are numerous other repairs - so costly & so much more expensive than with our Toyota truck or previous Toyota cars. I see why the warranty is for so few miles now. That said - back to Toyota for us.
2007 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I do have some reliability concerns, as this engine is notorious for head gasket problems. I noticed that my coolant tank was empty a couple weeks ago. I'm going to track it closely now, but I will be very disappointed if I have to do major work on this engine (head gaskets).
2005 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Anecdotal reports of engine head gasket problems made me wary.