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Subaru Forester vs. Suzuki SX4 Reliability by Model Generation

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 and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Subaru Forester
11.7142857143% Best 58% Worst
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2009 - 2012 Subaru Forester
27.7142857143% Best 86% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Suzuki SX4
32.8571428571% Best 95% Worst
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2003 - 2008 Subaru Forester
40.8571428571% Best 109% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2014 Subaru has a strong reliability reputation. To a certain extent, though, this reputation is based on ratings that focus on the first few years of ownership. Once Subarus pass the 100,000-mile mark they can become much more expensive to keep up than a Honda or Toyota. Subaru engines through at least the 2008 model year have head gaskets prone to failure. The current engine dates to 2011, and the earliest examples have begun to suffer from valve cover gasket leaks (much less expensive to fix than head gaskets). Will the 2014s age better? Perhaps, but it's too soon to say. full 2014 Subaru Forester review
 

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

Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Subaru has a great reputation for reliability. full 2011 Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles. full 2010 Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings. full 2010 Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
just reliable full 2010 Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years. full 2010 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems. full 2009 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reputation, resale, alot of em out there pushing 200K, some even 300K!! full 2009 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reputation, needs to be reliable for the amount of remote driving that is done. full 2009 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles). full 2009 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I visited service only for scheduled inspections Reliable car. This is my second Subaru Forester. The previous one was also reliable. full 2009 Subaru Forester review
Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not impressed thus far. Has consumed far too much oil for a new vehicle. Dealership inspected for leaks; they did not find any. They stated the oil consumption (about three quarts every 4000 miles) is typical. Subaru Of America was no help. full 2011 Subaru Forester review
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Subarus are known for their Japanese make and reliability. But in the year I have owned this car, I have had anything but reliability. In twelve months, the car has been drivable for only 6. And even when it is drivable, it stalls, bucks, and gives a general feel that is not one of confidence. full 2004 Subaru Forester review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Suzuki

Suzuki Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Highly rated for reliability. Zero maintenance timing belt. full 2009 Suzuki review
2009 4dr Sedan 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have had mine nearly 2 years. To date, the car continues to function as the day I purchased it and has never let me down or asked for replacements. full 2009 Suzuki review
2009 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Feels solid, from shutting the doors to driving on a bumpy road. full 2009 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
No major problems to report. Only one minor problem that was fixed w/o issue. full 2008 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual 4WD
The engine has a timing chain full 2008 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Sedan 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
58,000 miles and no problems yet. full 2008 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Awards coming in - Japanese built, proving itself full 2008 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
very reliable, quick, 4WD. full 2008 Suzuki review
Suzuki Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 150-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual 4WD
Clutch burned after 13k miles, and warranty does not cover that since it is "wear and tear" item. Even though the clutch was defective. full 2010 Suzuki review
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual 4WD
This is an unknown, and Suzuki reliability has been variable in the past. Also, I have never owned a Suzuki, so I have no personal experience. full 2008 Suzuki review