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3 Subaru Models Are On The Latest Used Cars To Avoid Buying List

What is the best used Subaru model to buy? Check out three Subaru models you should not buy if you are looking for an older all-wheel-drive model.

If you can’t buy a new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek or Impreza compact car, many buyers turn to a used Subaru vehicle this winter because they have standard all-wheel-drive. But according to a new report, there are some older models you should avoid.

Consumer Reports (by subscription) announced its latest used cars to avoid buying list. The report reveals more than 100 models with below-average reliability, based on its member responses to their annual auto surveys. Subaru has three models on the new list.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, pricing, specs, features

CR says you should avoid buying a 2013 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2013 Impreza compact sedan and hatchback models. Both models are similar and share the same drivetrain. The Crosstrek is an Impreza that rides on a raised suspension for off-pavement pursuits with additional ground clearance and body cladding.

Why is the 2013 Subaru Crosstrek on the cars to avoid buying list?

The Crosstrek was an all-new model for Subaru, and like many new cars, it takes a year to work out the new manufactured car problems. The Crosstrek gets below-average reliability for some engine and drivetrain issues. The NHTSA issued two recalls for the 2013 model year for engine stalling and CVT models with a remote engine start system.

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Why is the 2013 Subaru Impreza on the cars to avoid buying list?

In the Consumer Reports annual auto survey, owners report engine and transmission problems with the compact car. The Impreza also received a complete redesign and shares many of the same drivetrain components with the Crosstrek. The Impreza was recalled four times for engine, brake lights, and electrical problems.

The third Subaru model on CR’s cars to avoid buying list is the 2019 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler. The Ascent was also an all-new model in 2019 and had five recalls. We have covered the Ascent problems, and the big issue with the Ascent is its automatic transmission. You can read the full report here.

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If you can’t buy a new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza, or Ascent, other used model years of the three vehicles have proven to be reliable. Make sure you check the vehicle’s maintenance records and get a vehicle history report.

Subaru offers no-interest financing on 2021 Ascent, 2021 Impreza, and 0.9 percent on 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. You may find you can buy a new model as Subaru of America offers special incentives in January.

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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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Out of curiosity, why does this site produce so many articles with negative marks against Subaru?
consumer report doesn't know what they are talking about. I owned a 2013 Crosstrek and it preformed very well. I had no issues with it at all. My father owns a 2013 Impreza and he loves his car
As an owner of Subaru and someone who wanted to buy a second Subie - Avoid the new Subie's with the eyesight. If you want to shed $$$ every time your thinnest glass crack for the tiniest of a pebble, probably you should go for Subie. I can assure you that your windshield will crack 5 times faster than any other car. They blame the impact and as an aerospace engineer who worked on crack growth, I know what I am seeing. Any impact is a trigger and most car windshields will withstand moderate impacts, forget about your Subie. Replace the windshield, pay for the calibration of the camera, and all that happens in no less than 2 weeks. I am not really saying Subaru should replace my glass every time it breaks - I am saying their engineers cant even do a proper windshield choice brings a lot of questions about what's under the hood. If as a company they cannot take responsibility for their poor design choice - They are sure to go down pretty soon. If there is nothing to with the glass on Subaru... are we people driving them on Mars?? Why is that Subaru tops the list of new car windshield damages and people have to go to courts?