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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Sorentos, 5.4 months of data per Sorento, average 5400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2016 Subaru Outback 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Outbacks, 3.1 months of data per Outback, average 2900 miles

 

2015 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Sorentos, 8.8 months of data per Sorento, average 10700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Subaru Outback 32
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  159 Outbacks, 8.8 months of data per Outback, average 8800 miles

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

 

2014 Kia Sorento 23
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Sorentos, 9.2 months of data per Sorento, average 25200 miles

Refreshed.
2014 Subaru Outback 20
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  77 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 21100 miles

 

2013 Kia Sorento 31
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Sorentos, 8.4 months of data per Sorento, average 40000 miles
2013 Subaru Outback 20
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  121 Outbacks, 10.2 months of data per Outback, average 35500 miles

 

2012 Kia Sorento 54
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Sorentos, 8.9 months of data per Sorento, average 45800 miles
2012 Subaru Outback 28
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  107 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 45800 miles

 

2011 Kia Sorento 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Sorentos, 9.4 months of data per Sorento, average 58000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Outback 33
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  132 Outbacks, 10.3 months of data per Outback, average 60500 miles

 

2010 Subaru Outback 36
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  97 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 70500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Subaru Outback 73
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 83100 miles

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

 

2008 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Sorentos, 8.9 months of data per Sorento, average 65000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Subaru Outback 102
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  62 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 96000 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 10.7 months of data per Sorento, average 98900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Subaru Outback 103
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 91500 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, 11.3 months of data per Sorento, average 76200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Subaru Outback 76
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 99300 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, 10.0 months of data per Sorento, average 153900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback 81
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  89 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 111300 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
  20 Outbacks, 8.3 months of data per Outback, average 142600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Outback 100
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 146800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 159600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Outback 95
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Outbacks, 7.8 months of data per Outback, average 177200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2000 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Outbacks, 5.3 months of data per Outback, average 162300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

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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.
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
i purchase this 2005 kia sorento with 17 miles on it i have since driven it 340243.0miles the only problems to report are some issues with drive train drive shaft replaced twice $500 each.replaced bearings only [not recondmended] front twice, replaced with hub assy $250ea.sparkplugs twice with the 100k type since day one i use synthetic motor oil i expect to continue driving this sorento for 100k or miles never owned a vehicle long enough to put this amount of mileage on it
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
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 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 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
Proven reliability.
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.
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
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
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.