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The Longest Lasting Cars - Subaru Forester, Outback Fail The Grade Again

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Does Subaru make the longest-lasting cars? Subaru is nowhere to be found in the 2021 iSeeCars Longest-Lasting Cars to Reach 200,000 Miles and Beyond list. Toyota has 6 of the top ten models, Chevrolet has two, GMC one, and Ford one model. What happened to the Subaru Forester and Outback?

This year iSeeCars analyzed over 11.8 million cars sold in 2020 to determine which models have the highest percentage of vehicles that reached 200,000 miles. The Subaru Forester and Outback aren’t found on any of the lists, making it four years in-a-row.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback, pricing, specs, features
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Subaru has been known as an automaker that made cars that last longer than many others, but is that changing? The Japanese automaker had its Forester, Outback, and Legacy models on the iSeeCars Top 10 ranked longest-lasting cars list, as recently as 2016.

In the 2016 iSeeCars list, Subaru Legacy was number 6, Outback number 9, and Forester number 10. In 2017 the Subaru Legacy ranked 6th on the Top 16 Longest-Lasting Cars list, Outback was 7th, and Forester ranked 8th overall. But something changed two years ago—no Subaru vehicles made in the top-10 longest-lasting cars list in 2018, 2019, and now 2020.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback, pricing, specs, features

In the iSeeCars Most Likely to Reach 200,000 Miles by Make, last year Subaru ranked number 7 out of 18 automakers on the list, putting them in the top one-third of all automobile brands. This year, Subaru failed to make the top seven best automakers. iSeeCars does not list automakers beyond number seven in the 2021 rankings.

Should car shoppers be concerned about buying a Subaru vehicle?

The iSeeCars longest-lasting cars and brands list is one report for consumers. According to a new study in 2021 from Consumer Reports, out of twenty-six automakers in the U.S. market, Subaru scores number eight overall, putting them near the top in reliability. Subaru dropped one spot from number seven previously because of the new Ascent transmission issues.

In the latest 2021 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Subaru improves from last year. Subaru also picked up an individual award in the SUV segment. The new Subaru Forester scores one of the top three models in dependability.

Subaru Corporation has prioritized improving quality in its Japanese and U.S. manufacturing plants after dependability slipped the past few years. Subaru Corporation announced last week and they will focus on its U.S. customers and prioritize quality enhancement. Subaru is making progress in reliability, but more changes are coming.

The Subaru brand has significantly improved its all-wheel-drive vehicles like the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Outback. To read what Subaru is doing to improve quality, check the recent Torque News report below.

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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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Mike Quinlan (not verified)    March 7, 2021 - 11:45AM

If you are going to base your article on Isee cars you might delve into their methodology. Its great that the Land Cruiser tops the list but it also only sells 3000 units a year in the US. As for the rest of the list its mainly full size suvs and trucks that Subaru does not sell.

Robert Holmes (not verified)    March 7, 2021 - 11:47PM

I'm on my 6st Subaru. But in 2016 I bought a new crosstrek. That car was the worst thing I ever did. The new transmission was horrible and the motor had know power. With only 6 thousand miles on it. I traded it for a 2013 forester. Heads up Subaru. Put the 2.5 motor in all your car's. And go back to the older transmission. Stick with what work's.

KIM J YOW (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 8:38AM

We have a 2019 Subaru Ascent. Can you provide the links to legitimate articles that better explain the transmission issues? Would like to know if it impacts our vehicle. Thank you.

Steve C (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 9:42AM

My 2003 Toyota Camry just rolled over 300,000 miles. Still starts on the first turn of the key. Still pulls strong. I've had to put new struts on it last week. Only got 300,000 miles out of the factory struts. How disappointing! LOL.

Sarafina (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 10:44AM

Denis, who the heck do you know that drove 200K miles in 2020?
Ram gets 200K? I've never met a Ram that wasn't a rust bucket by 100K.

People....stop asking this hack questions. Use Google or call your dealer.
Denis's only knowledge about cars is clickbait.

Linette Kratochvil (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 1:22PM

In reply to by Sarafina (not verified)

I am driving a 1994 Dodge Ram 3500 and over 500K have been put on it (est as cable wasn't connected for over 4 years - over 430K showing.) It is a farm truck and also was used to pull a car hauler. I have had some work done on it mostly cuz I let some stupid people drive it and it does have some rust but it still drives good.

Mary (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 11:03AM

My late husband & I owned Subarus for 20 years. We bought a 2000 Forester & a 2002 legacy. Both tran over 200k. Legacy was best car I ever owned. It ran great until my son had an accident w/it & totaled it. Never put much into it except oil changes,tires,brakes etc
I had one engine repair @ 80k wich Subaru paid for w/ 100k warrenty. I don't know about the latest models yet but just bought anew outback.

Bascuva (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 11:56AM

I have a 2015 Subaru outback 2.5i premium. I got the car CPO with 1,800 miles Feb 2015. Last Sunday I rolled over 280,000 miles. Two wheel bearings under warranty and just replaced the other two. That's it for repairs.

Pengosro (not verified)    February 1, 2022 - 3:20AM

In reply to by K (not verified)

My 2011 Subaru Outback traveled more than 318400 miles, but now I guess it’s going for retirement cause engine is so loud now when starting & speed is slowing down.(so I just stopped driving it). Don’t know why?

Mike B (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 1:01PM

If the data is only looking at the previous year, the data is not showing which car lasts the longest; the data is showing which cars people who drive excessively purchase. That's why the list is dominated by fuel efficient cars and work trucks.

Olaf Schwalbach (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 6:56PM

How can a car model 2020 drive 200,000 miles in a year or even 1 1/2 years? Maybe Porsche and VW and Subaru drivers aren't just driving to the liquor store in the next state over ever day?

Rick Cox (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 9:00PM

I have a 1992 Subaru Loyale wagon with 251000 + miles on it and she runs like a top these new Subarus seem to be breaking down all the time and I can't figure out why I've had more comments on my wagon cuz she's almost in mint condition she runs great 5 speed on the floor everything works on it it is all power I love it

Paul Reith (not verified)    March 8, 2021 - 10:55PM

Given the last 20 years of production stats, growing from under 200k to over 600k, and the lack of fleet or rental contracts, this is a very predictable and irrelevant article for Subaru.

Your clickbait succeeded in irritating me, tho.

Duran Schumer (not verified)    March 9, 2021 - 4:07PM

There's a lot more to longevity than mileage. Harsh winters, rough terrain vs. highway driving, etc. All this "study" (that's laughable) does is prove what cars people who drive excessively buy the most. What work had to be done during this time? What broke? Is it the original transmission? Was it driven on nothing but straight, flat roads? there's no criteria here for ANYTHING meaningful. Also, iSeecars? Really? LOL.

Roza (not verified)    March 18, 2021 - 3:02PM

Moj Legacy 2.5 GX w zeszłym roku przekroczył 300kkm. Ma prawie 22 lata. Nie dał się zdjac z trasy nawet, gdy kiedys spotkał go jedyny istotny mankament ze sprzęgłem. Reszta to zwykła eksploatacja. Obecnie śmiga dalej na cały zegar i nie ma zamiaru ustępować. To auto szybciej się znudzi niż zepsuje.

Robert (not verified)    April 19, 2021 - 5:14AM

Had Tacoma with over 300,000 before totaled in 2011. My present 2011 Tacoma has 150,000 and naturally expect no less than 300,000. I have owned VW Jetta diesel with over 200,000. All vehicles have had stick shifts. My present Honda Civic only has 125,000, but it burns about 1qt. Oil every 2500 miles and that’s kind of a disappointment.