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2023 Subaru Reliability From Best To Worst - One Model Is Not Recommended By Consumer Reports

Which Subaru models are the most reliable? Check out the updated Consumers Reports' rankings and each model's new scores. There’s one model that CR does not recommend.


Is the 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Outback, or 2023 Crosstrek the most reliable Subaru model? The latest study from Consumer Reports ranks each new 2023 Subaru model reliable score. See where Subaru ranks with other automakers.

Does Subaru make reliable cars? According to the latest Consumer Reports' (by subscription) car brand reliability report, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek and 2023 Forester are the best in reliability. See how all models rank.

2023 Subaru model reliability by CR

The Subaru brand scores seven out of twenty-four automakers in the U.S. market, the same as last year in the new Consumer Reports reliability scores. Toyota achieves the number one spot with a score of 72, tied with Lexus (72), BMW (65), Mazda (65), Honda (62), Audi (60), Subaru (59), Acura (57), Kia (54), and Lincoln (54).

Consumer Reports' new-vehicle reliability score is calculated on a 0-to-100 point scale, with the average rating falling between 41 and 60 points. The Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy overall reliability scores also include road-test performance, owner satisfaction survey results, whether the model comes with critical safety systems, and crash test data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek and Forester are the most reliable models

The latest CR report says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV scores the highest with 80 points. The 2023 Forester compact SUV has above-average reliability with a score of 75 points. Consumer Reports says Crosstrek and Forester "will be more reliable than the average new car."

Four models have average reliability

The next tier of reliability is the 2023 Impreza compact sedan and hatchback (56), 2023 Outback midsize SUV (51), 2023 Legacy midsize sedan (50), and 2023 Ascent midsize 3-Row SUV (44). Consumer Reports says these models will have about average reliability compared to the average new car. The 2023 Ascent is the most improved model in Subaru of America's lineup.

Subaru's WRX performance model scores the lowest

According to Consumer Reports, the 2023 Subaru WRX has a predicted reliability of 2/5. CR says, "We expect the 2023 WRX to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Subaru's brand history and the previous models of the WRX.” The WRX is not on Consumer Reports recommended list of sports cars.

Consumer Reports says the 2023 Subaru BRZ is being tested, but the Toyota GR86, made alongside the BRZ, has a predicted reliability score of 3/5. CR says the 2023 BRZ sports coupe "is expected to have about average reliability compared to other new cars."


According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru brand ranks in the top seven of twenty-four car brands in the U.S. market for reliability. All of Subaru's all-wheel-drive models stay consistent with last year's report in reliability except for the Ascent, which improves the most.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek scores highest among Subaru's models with above-average reliability, and the 2023 Subaru Forester is a close second. The 2023 Outback, Impreza, Legacy, Ascent, and BRZ are all expected to have about average reliability. The WRX scores the lowest, with less than average reliability.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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ImprezaOwner (not verified)    November 29, 2022 - 6:34AM

"The next tier of reliability is the 2023 Impreza compact sedan and hatchback (56), 2023 Outback midsize SUV (51), 2023 Legacy midsize sedan (50), and 2023 Ascent midsize 3-Row SUV (44). Consumer Reports says these models will have about average reliability compared to the average new car"

Average is now good enough. Subaru's are supposed to be reliable. I remember being told by the dealer that 9 of out 10 Subaru's built 10 years ago are still on the road. Might have the number off, but the point was reliability was part of the sales job. Consider that due to supply chain issues, the production over the past two years has been really low. That should have given Subaru time to ensure that each one model made was ultra reliable.

The Impreza, in particular, is extremely disappointing. Consider that the more reliable Crosstrek is just a raised Impreza. How is it that for years the Crosstrek has been more reliable than the Impreza? Unacceptable. Is this a Gunma, Japan vs Lafayette, Indiana thing? Also consider that this generation of Impreza is 6 or 7 years old. They have an absurd amount of time to get the kinks out.

NMK (not verified)    November 29, 2022 - 12:42PM

What makes this extremely funny to me is that all these vehicles are built on subarus global platform. Meaning they use the same underpinnings. There are also only 3 different engines across the entire subaru lineup along with 2 versions of the CVT transmission. All of the interiors use the same infotainment and eyesight system. Where is all the variance coming from? Look at how many points there are between the crosstrek and the impreza. ITS THE SAME DAMN VEHICLE. The only difference is the 4" taller suspension on the crosstrek.

Paul Wilson (not verified)    November 30, 2022 - 8:55AM

I have a 2015 crosstrek and in the sevens years that I have owned it. I have not had any problems at all. There are probably not to many other autos that can make that claim. Plus in this environment the mileage is great. Iam so glad I bought this Subaru

Cole (not verified)    December 23, 2022 - 4:09PM

In reply to by Paul Wilson (not verified)

I am a proud owner of a 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i limited, and it's still going strong at 110,000 miles. All the buttons work too. Power seats, navigation, stereo, sunroof, and backup camera, work great. Can't complain. Thinking about taking it in to do a CVT Fluid change coming up

Jeffrey (not verified)    December 1, 2022 - 12:50AM

I have a 2021 Legacy Touring XT. I've had it in three times since about the third month chasing rattles in the dash and eyesight camera area. It now has 11,000 miles on it and sounds like a cheap old rattle trap on rough roads. At 5,000 miles it developed an oil leak which I came to learn is a common issue with the 2.4 turbo. All in all I'm not really happy as a first time Subaru owner. I doubt I'll keep it longer than 3 years.

rob (not verified)    December 9, 2022 - 10:13AM

where are they getting this info from? the majority of wrx/sti owners have issues because they are heavily modified. maybe ask the stock wrx owners and they'll tell you they haven't had problems what so ever. I will stand by the forester being reliable. my 2001(stock) is still running strong sitting at 289k on the mileage.