Subaru Outback Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Battery bad

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Subaru

Model:

Outback

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Has to be jumped off since I have had it brand new. I drive regularly and leave nothing on, but even when I clean my car sometimes I have to jump it off.

Review submitted by:Lee floyd

Pros:Most everything else

Cons:Battery life

Good in the snow. Electronics stink, engine noisy

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Subaru

Model:

Outback

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I've had my 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatch (limited trim) for nearly a year - and each time I drive the car, I unfortunately feel like I could have gotten more for my money. Sure the standard all-wheel drive is great, the Impreza looks nice (very subtle), and the interior quality

Review submitted by:Dave

Pros:good in snow, good power with turbo

Cons:Electronics, engine noisy, rusting exhaust, lights

Burns too much oil – don’t buy this car

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Subaru

Model:

Outback

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Traded in my impreza at 30,000 for $12,500 for a new honda civic. Noticed at 8000 miles that it was burning 11/2 qts of oil between oil changes. More if there was extended highway driving. Made repeated trips back to subaru service. Told me according to owners manual that this

Review submitted by:KatyK

Cons:Windshield is very poor quality

Poor Mileage

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Subaru

Model:

Outback

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Subaru's are not built like they used to. When I first purchased by Impreza, things were great. The knobs turned, the shifter shifted, the interior smelled like a new car. but as the miles in the drivers seat begin to rise, so did the quality issues. Shifter has gotten very

Review submitted by:Sue

Cons:poor gas mileage

Lacks in engine performance, durability, and quality of the parts

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Subaru

Model:

Outback

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Interior Pros + The Multimedia Display (Subaru Starlink) is pretty awesome, it lets me use Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Spotify, Pandora, Waze, Google Maps, etc. + The push button start is a pretty cool feature. + I love the way the storage box between the two front seats has 2

Review submitted by:Bob@LA

Pros:Great utility and handling

Cons:Subaru response - Every Subaru is equally bad

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