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Kia Sorento vs. Subaru Outback Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 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    
2017 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  35 Outbacks, 1.8 months of data per Outback, average 1900 miles

 

2016 Kia Sorento 30
56.4935064935% 56.4935064935% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  42 Sorentos, 8.6 months of data per Sorento, average 9300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Glitchy. Generally minor issues.
2016 Subaru Outback 12
9.74025974026% 9.74025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  157 Outbacks, 7.7 months of data per Outback, average 6700 miles

 

2015 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Sorentos, 11.2 months of data per Sorento, average 17500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Subaru Outback 27
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  146 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 16500 miles

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

 

2014 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Sorentos, 10.2 months of data per Sorento, average 35900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Subaru Outback 24
31.3186813187% 31.3186813187% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  85 Outbacks, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 31100 miles

 

2013 Kia Sorento 30
37.684729064% 37.684729064% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  26 Sorentos, 9.3 months of data per Sorento, average 46800 miles
2013 Subaru Outback 17
12.0689655172% 12.0689655172% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  112 Outbacks, 9.5 months of data per Outback, average 46600 miles

 

2012 Kia Sorento 38
53.4482758621% 53.4482758621% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Sorentos, 10.5 months of data per Sorento, average 51400 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 24
25.8620689655% 25.8620689655% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  97 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 54600 miles

 

2011 Kia Sorento 51
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  36 Sorentos, 9.9 months of data per Sorento, average 66500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Outback 31
23.9926739927% 23.9926739927% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  126 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 70300 miles

 

2010 Subaru Outback 50
51.8315018315% 51.8315018315% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  89 Outbacks, 9.8 months of data per Outback, average 77700 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Dramatic improvement in reliability compared to the previous generation.

 

2009 Subaru Outback 97
91.6909620991% 91.6909620991% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  40 Outbacks, 9.6 months of data per Outback, average 91300 miles

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

 

2008 Subaru Outback 107
96.1538461538% 96.1538461538% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  52 Outbacks, 9.7 months of data per Outback, average 105100 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Sorentos, 10.4 months of data per Sorento, average 111900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Subaru Outback 124
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  37 Outbacks, 9.9 months of data per Outback, average 99100 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, 8.1 months of data per Sorento, average 86400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Subaru Outback 80
64.8247978437% 64.8247978437% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  52 Outbacks, 10.1 months of data per Outback, average 106200 miles

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

 

2005 Subaru Outback H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Outback H6s, 9.0 months of data per Outback H6, average 135500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Outback H4 93
57.8891257996% 57.8891257996% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  60 Outback H4s, 9.5 months of data per Outback H4, average 115400 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, 9.3 months of data per Outback, average 149200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Outback 92
48.6666666667% 48.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  26 Outbacks, 9.0 months of data per Outback, average 164200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Outbacks, 8.2 months of data per Outback, average 173300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Outback   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Outbacks, 6.4 months of data per Outback, average 193200 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
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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