5th Generation (2010—2014) Outback Problems

Outback owners with a 2010—2014 model year have the most problems with the engine (30%), lights (19%), and the transmission (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available 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 2014 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 87 3 130 21.67
2013 52 5 233 13.58
2012 27 9 120 10.29
2011 63 9 133 14.06
2010 37 11 125 14.47

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