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The Latest Reliability Study And Where The New Subaru Models Now Rank

Are the 2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, and 2022 Crosstrek reliable cars? Check out the latest study from Consumer Reports. See how every model scores and where the brand ranks with other automakers in reliability.

Does Subaru make reliable cars? According to the latest Consumer Reports' (by subscription) car brand reliability report, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Forester are the best. See how all models rank.

Subaru scores number seven overall out of twenty-eight automakers in the U.S. market, up one spot from last year in the new Consumer Reports reliability scores. Lexus achieves the number one spot with a score of 76, followed by Mazda (75), Toyota (71), and Infinity (69). Subaru has an above-average reliability score of 66, the same as Buick and Honda in the 2021 brand report.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback
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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).

Most Subaru models have above-average reliability

The latest CR report says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV scores highest with a score of 85 and has "well-above-average" reliability. The 2022 Forester compact SUV has above-average reliability with a score of 80 points. The Impreza (77) and Legacy (73) also have above-average reliability.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

The 2020-2021 Subaru Outback models have average reliability, but the 2022 models are expected to have above-average reliability compared to the average new car.

One model keeps the Subaru brand from being a top-tier automaker

Subaru would rank higher if it were not for one model, the 2022 Ascent 3-Row SUV. The Ascent scores a reliability score of 18 and makes the ten least reliable cars list again.

The newest Subaru SUV, the Ascent 3-Row family hauler, is the one model dragging the automaker's score down with a below-average score of 18 points. Subaru would have ranked among the most reliable automakers if not for the Ascent family hauler's transmission problems in 2019 models. CR did not have scores for the all-new 2022 WRX, STI, and 2022 BRZ sports cars.

CR's proprietary analysis says a vehicle is most reliable when it gets to the final year of the model's run because most of the "bugs" have been fixed. When freshly reconfigured, a car is least reliable in the first year of a redesign and often touted as "all-new." The Ascent was all-new for the 2019 model year and has had the most issues. Read the complete Ascent reliability report here and why 2022 models have improved significantly.

Subaru has had significant design changes in all its new models as they switched to the Subaru Global Platform. The 2022 Outback, Legacy, and Ascent SUVs all have new engines and drivetrains.


Despite all the recent model changes, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek has the highest score with well-above-average reliability, and the 2022 Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza, and Legacy are all expected to have above-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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XTman (not verified)    November 23, 2021 - 9:49PM

Excluding the Ascent, Subaru would be ranked at the second place with 75 points, just like Mazda. Subaru sells small number of Ascents. So, by a weighted average of models reliability (which is the right way to go) Subaru is very close to that 75 figure.

Carl Sperling (not verified)    November 29, 2021 - 12:23PM

I recently purchased a new 2022 Subaru Outback Touring XT. Sitting in a restaurant parking lot my wife and I heard a cracking noise. A large crack appeared on the passenger side of the windshield. Brought the car to my Subaru dealer, contacted Subaru of America and also took the vehicle to a local Safelight location. Gentlemen at Safelite said definitely a stress crack (no sign of stone impact), Subaru service manager thinks he sees an impact point. Waiting to hear decision from Subaru. Just wondering if this is the start of new problems for Subaru windshields?