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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Kia Sorento or Subaru Outback reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Kia Sorento 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 Kia Sorento   19 Sorentos, 7.0 months of data per Sorento, average 7700 miles

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2014 Subaru Outback 48 Outbacks, 3.7 months of data per Outback, average 4100 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Kia Sorento   20 Sorentos, 11.0 months of data per Sorento, average 17000 miles

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2013 Subaru Outback 108 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 12900 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Sorento 47 Sorentos, 9.0 months of data per Sorento, average 24200 miles29
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Outback 113 Outbacks, 10.5 months of data per Outback, average 25200 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Sorento 65 Sorentos, 9.3 months of data per Sorento, average 40900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Outback 151 Outbacks, 10.0 months of data per Outback, average 38100 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Outback 121 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 50000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Outback 58 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 58000 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Kia Sorento   10 Sorentos, 9.0 months of data per Sorento, average 58700 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback 68 Outbacks, 9.2 months of data per Outback, average 72500 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Kia Sorento   15 Sorentos, 8.3 months of data per Sorento, average 78500 miles

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2007 Subaru Outback 50 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 74900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Kia Sorento   11 Sorentos, 9.6 months of data per Sorento, average 61700 miles

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2006 Subaru Outback 71 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 89600 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 Kia Sorento   10 Sorentos, 8.0 months of data per Sorento, average 109400 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback 104 Outbacks, 9.1 months of data per Outback, average 99500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Outback 26 Outbacks, 8.6 months of data per Outback, average 122300 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Kia Sorento   10 Sorentos, 7.5 months of data per Sorento, average 114000 miles

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2003 Subaru Outback 30 Outbacks, 10.0 months of data per Outback, average 142800 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, 8.0 months of data per Outback, average 144200 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback 32 Outbacks, 8.6 months of data per Outback, average 162600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Outback   21 Outbacks, 8.5 months of data per Outback, average 159000 miles

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1999 Subaru Outback   17 Outbacks, 7.8 months of data per Outback, average 159700 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 Kia Sorento Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Kia Sorento: 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 4WD, part-time w/low range
3 years owned, aside from replacing wear items, it has visited the shop twice for warranty repair items.
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.
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Kia Sorento: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 0 This has been the worst car I have ever owned for needing maitenance and repairs. Shocked and dissappointed.

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