What is PainRank™?

PainRank™ is a scoring system by CarComplaints.com that uses relative complaint analysis to determine which vehicles suffer the most defects. It's more than just complaint volume as the score also considers the average cost of repairs, the mileage at failure, the age of the vehicle, among other factors.

Bottom line: the higher the score, the more painful it is to own.

Least Reliable Subaru Generations

Subaru generations have an average PainRank™ of 5.24.

RankModelComplaintsScore
38th4th Generation Forester (2014-2018)35321.02
37th5th Generation Outback (2010-2014)32818.49
36th6th Generation Outback (2015-2019)38217.97
35th4th Generation WRX (2015-2016)6013.79
34th3rd Generation Forester (2009-2013)14911
33rd4th Generation Outback (2004-2009)1589.32
32nd4th Generation Impreza (2012-2016)779.3
31st3rd Generation Impreza (2008-2011)698.69
30th3rd Generation Outback (2000-2003)577.57
29th2nd Generation Forester (2003-2008)1106.93
28th1st Generation XV Crosstrek (2013-2015)736.87
27th1st Generation Forester (1998-2002)576.28
26th2nd Generation Impreza (2001-2007)706
25th5th Generation Legacy (2010-2014)785.93
24th6th Generation Legacy (2015-2019)825.72
23rd4th Generation Legacy (2005-2009)485.25
22nd5th Generation Forester (2019-2021)385.21
21st1st Generation B9 Tribeca (2006-2007)195.16
20th1st Generation Ascent (2019-2021)284.75
19th5th Generation Impreza (2017-2020)264.56
18th2nd Generation Crosstrek (2018-2021)354.29
17th1st Generation Crosstrek (2016-2017)174.16
16th2nd Generation Outback (1995-1999)373.01
15th1st Generation XV Crosstrek Hybrid (2014-2015)102.62
14th5th Generation WRX (2017-2020)152.5
13th4th Generation Impreza WRX (2012-2014)62.3
12th3rd Generation Legacy (2000-2004)262.07
11th2nd Generation Tribeca (2008-2014)191.88
10th3rd Generation Impreza WRX (2009-2011)101.7
9th2nd Generation Legacy (1995-1999)170.88
8th4th Generation WRX STI (2015-2016)30.82
7th1st Generation Baja (2003-2006)70.74
6th1st Generation Legacy (1990-1994)150.72
5th3rd Generation Impreza WRX STI (2011-2012)20.64
4th7th Generation Outback (2020-2021)10.44
3rd2nd Generation Crosstrek Hybrid (2019-2020)10.33
2nd1st Generation Impreza (1993-2000)100.33
1st1st Generation BRZ (2013-2020)130.24
N/A1st Generation Crosstrek Hybrid (2016-2016)0N/A
N/A7th Generation Legacy (2020-2021)0N/A

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.