There is a debate about which Subaru vehicle is the most reliable model? If we look at the top two selling all-wheel-drive Subaru models, the 2022 Outback midsize SUV/crossover and the 2022 Forester compact SUV, many would argue the Japanese made Forester is more reliable. Let’s check recalls for the past six years on both models to see which has fewer recalls.
2020, 2021, and 2022 Subaru Forester model years
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists all vehicle recall campaigns and reveals that 2020, 2021, and 2022 Subaru Forester have zero recalls. Subaru Report covers all recalls, and the red links below provide more information on each recall for customers.
2020, 2021, and 2022 Subaru Outback model years
For the same three years, the 2022 Subaru Outback has zero recalls. The 2021 Subaru Outback has one recall for a CVT select lever cable nut that was not tightened properly.
The 2020 Subaru Outback has four recalls. The drive chain may break, causing a loss of drive power. The fuel pump may fail (defective Denso fuel pumps). A third recall was for a rearview camera that may shut down, and the fourth was for a possible loose or missing brake pedal mounting bracket bolt.
2019 Subaru Forester recalls
The 2019 Subaru Forester has three recalls. The first is for rear stabilizer bracket bolts that may detach. The second is for a PCV valve that can separate, and the third is for a possible loss of electric power steering assist.
2019 Subaru Outback recalls
The 2019 Subaru Outback has three recalls. The fuel pump may fail (defective Denso fuel pumps). The second recall was the fuel pump may become inoperative, and the engine could stall. The third was for improperly applied spot welds.
2018 Subaru Forester recalls
The 2018 Subaru Forester has three recalls. The fuel pump may fail (defective Denso fuel pumps), the second was for an occupant detection system that may deactivate the airbag, and a third for incorrect tire information on the label.
2018 Subaru Outback recalls
The 2018 Subaru Outback has three recalls. The fuel pump may fail (defective Denso fuel pumps), the second was for a camera image that may not display, and the third was for an incorrect fuel range display that may cause the engine to stall.
2017 Subaru Forester recall
The 2017 Subaru Forester has one recall. The occupant detection system may deactivate the airbag.
2017 Subaru Outback recalls
The 2017 Subaru Outback has four recalls. The airbag control module may be incompatible with the airbag.
The second is for an improperly aligned knee guard bracket, The third is for loose bolts that may affect braking and handling, and the fourth is for a possible loss of steering ability.
The 2017-2022 Subaru Forester has had seven recalls in the last six years, and the 2017-2022 Subaru Outback has fifteen recalls. The argument that the Japanese-made Forester is more reliable than the U.S.-made Outback is valid when comparing the number of recalls.
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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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