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Every Subaru vehicle has problems, some just have more than others.

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Subaru generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Baja

Score 1.22

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 23
  • Investigations 699
  • TSBs 90

Crosstrek

Score 2.76

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 1

Crosstrek Hybrid

Score N/A

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Forester

Score 14.05

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 44
  • Investigations 25
  • TSBs 684

Impreza

Score 11.77

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 90
  • Investigations 554
  • TSBs 656

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 1
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Legacy

Score 5.33

NHTSA Data

Outback

Score 14.88

NHTSA Data

Tribeca

Score 3.94

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 28
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 88

WRX

Score 13.85

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 37

WRX STI

Score 0.91

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 139

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 34

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

What is NHTSA Data?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency dedicated to keeping the roads safer by conducting investigations into potential problems, recalling safety issues, and tracking technical service bulletins issued by automakers.