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Subaru Impreza vs. Toyota Prius Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. 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 % of Average Repair Frequency  
2016 - 2017 Toyota Prius Reliability by Generation2016 - 2017 Toyota Prius
0% Best 32% Worst
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2012 - 2016 Subaru Impreza / WRX Reliability by Generation2012 - 2016 Subaru Impreza / WRX
30% Best 90% Worst
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2012 - 2015 Toyota Prius Reliability by Generation2012 - 2015 Toyota Prius
0% Best 33% Worst
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2010 - 2011 Toyota Prius Reliability by Generation2010 - 2011 Toyota Prius
4.85714285714% Best 46% Worst
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2008 - 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability by Generation2008 - 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
35.7142857143% Best 100% Worst
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2008 - 2009 Toyota Prius Reliability by Generation2008 - 2009 Toyota Prius
19.7142857143% Best 72% Worst
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2004 - 2007 Toyota Prius Reliability by Generation2004 - 2007 Toyota Prius
24.2857142857% Best 80% Worst
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2002 - 2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability by Generation2002 - 2007 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport
47.1428571429% Best 120% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru is legendary for the durability & craftsmanship of the engine, powertrain, and vehicle frame. The interior may not be luxury, but that's fine by me. full 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Ultimately it was Subaru's predicted reliability past 50,000 miles that had us make our final decision between this car and a Volkswagen (Jetta or Passat). full 2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2011 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have had zero issues with this car, it performs well for me day in and day out without fail. I love it and I am proud to say I own a Subaru. full 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I have a lot of friends with Subarus who say nothing but good things. Word-of-mouth is a huge deciding factor here. full 2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
No problems so far (I bought the Impreza). This is more based on word of mouth than experience - I know friends who have 200,000+ miles, so durability is certainly achievable in this car. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub has a great track record for both its reliability and durability. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Reputation is outstanding full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub had some issues with the 08 tune for the sti. They where prone to cracking the piston rings in sustained high rpm use. This is not a good thing !! They have since done a service recall to fix this issue. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru is legendary for the durability & craftsmanship of the engine, powertrain, and vehicle frame. The interior may not be luxury, but that's fine by me. full 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2012 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Ultimately it was Subaru's predicted reliability past 50,000 miles that had us make our final decision between this car and a Volkswagen (Jetta or Passat). full 2012 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2011 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have had zero issues with this car, it performs well for me day in and day out without fail. I love it and I am proud to say I own a Subaru. full 2011 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2010 4dr Hatch turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I have a lot of friends with Subarus who say nothing but good things. Word-of-mouth is a huge deciding factor here. full 2010 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
No problems so far (I bought the Impreza). This is more based on word of mouth than experience - I know friends who have 200,000+ miles, so durability is certainly achievable in this car. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying squeaks, rattles, plastic wearing, etc. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2009 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
No annoying rattles, squeaks, plastic wearing, etc. Well made and tight tolerances. full 2009 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Good mechanical reputation for the brand. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub has a great track record for both its reliability and durability. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
2008 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Reputation is outstanding full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review
Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 305hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Sub had some issues with the 08 tune for the sti. They where prone to cracking the piston rings in sustained high rpm use. This is not a good thing !! They have since done a service recall to fix this issue. full 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport review