6th Generation (2015—2019) Outback Problems

This generations ranks 34th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (25%), interior (18%), and the windows (17%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Windshield Cracks Easily 6 complaints at an average of 6,783 miles in the 2018 Subaru Outback.
  2. Cracks Easily 10 complaints at an average of 18,184 miles in the 2015 Subaru Outback.
  3. Blistered Paint 1 complaints at an average of 5,062 miles in the 2016 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 2015 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 1 0 14 0.67
2018 36 1 51 11.69
2017 27 3 100 11.34
2016 71 3 171 22.93
2015 109 5 239 25.1

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