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Kia Sorento 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 Kia Sorento 42
87.6623376623% 87.6623376623% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 8200 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Glitchy. Generally minor issues.
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 5100 miles

 

2015 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Sorentos, 11.5 months of data per Sorento, average 14600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Subaru Outback 36
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  153 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 Kia Sorento 25
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Sorentos, 9.5 months of data per Sorento, average 31700 miles

Refreshed.
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 Kia Sorento 32
41.6256157635% 41.6256157635% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Sorentos, 10.5 months of data per Sorento, average 45200 miles
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 Kia Sorento 67
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Sorentos, 10.6 months of data per Sorento, average 50300 miles

Unclear why this stat is so much higher than a year ago and than adjacent model years. Could be a temporary blip.
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 Kia Sorento 47
53.1746031746% 53.1746031746% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Sorentos, 10.0 months of data per Sorento, average 62700 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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 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 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 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 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 8.9 months of data per Sorento, average 97700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 9.7 months of data per Sorento, average 84200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 158000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
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 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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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Kia Sorento

2015 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. full 2012 Kia Sorento review
2015 Kia Sorento Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Subaru Outback

2015 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. full 2015 Subaru Outback review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Subaru Outback

2015 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. full 2012 Subaru Outback review