5th Generation (2010—2014) Outback Problems

This generations ranks 36th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (31%), lights (19%), and the transmission (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Hesitates When Accelerating 22 complaints at an average of 11,630 miles in the 2014 Subaru Outback.
  2. Hesitating, Stalling 8 complaints at an average of 100,711 miles in the 2010 Subaru Outback.
  3. Transmission Failure 11 complaints at an average of 92,357 miles in the 2011 Subaru Outback.

What Outback Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 87 3 134 21.5
2013 53 5 237 22.77
2012 29 9 122 12.05
2011 64 9 134 14.07
2010 38 11 126 15.53

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