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Which Subaru Vehicle Is The Most Reliable? One Model Lasts The Longest

How reliable are Subaru vehicles over the last ten years? There is new data that says one Subaru SUV lasts the longest. Which model is the lowest performing?


If you are shopping for an all-wheel-drive Subaru, which is the most reliable, dependable model that will last the longest? New car shoppers and used car buyers are looking for the best value and can know which vehicles will be on the road longer than other models. A new report from IHS Markit, now part of S&P Global data, reveals which Subaru models last the longest.

One Subaru SUV has the most model years that are still on the road today. The data reported by S&P Global’s recent research data reveals that 96 percent of all Subaru models sold over the last ten years are still on the road. The data is based on IHS Markit research on vehicles in operation as of June 30, 2022, for model years 2013 to 2022 versus the total new registrations of those vehicles.

2013 to 2022 Subaru longevity

How reliable are Subaru vehicles over the last ten years, and which model has lasted the longest?

The Subaru Outback midsize SUV takes the longest-lasting crown but not by much. The data says that 97 percent of Outback vehicles sold over the last ten years are still on the road today.

2013 to 2022 Subaru longevity

Subaru Forester is the second longest-lasting Subaru model

The Subaru Forester compact SUV is right behind the Outback, with 96 percent of the compact SUVs sold over the last ten years still on the road today.

The Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback models and the Subaru Legacy sedan are the next longest-lasting models. S&P Global says 95 percent of Impreza and Legacy models from 2013 to 2022 are still on the road today.

What is the longevity of the Subaru WRX, WRX STI, and Subaru BRZ?

The performance of Subaru WRX and STI is still above 90 percent. The report says 93 percent of the sport-tuned WRX and performance-tuned WRX STI vehicles sold over the last ten years are still on the road today.

What is the lowest performing model?

Do BRZ owners drive the sports car harder than other models? The report says 86 percent of BRZ sport coupes are still on the road. Surprisingly, the BRZ is Subaru’s lowest performing model in longevity.

Where does the Subaru Crosstrek rank in longevity?

The S&P Global report does not rank the Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV. We know it’s rated one of the most reliable Subaru models by Consumer Reports. The Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler was new in 2019, and there is not enough data on the midsize SUV.

Overall, S&P Global and IHS Markit data reveals that 96 percent of 2013 to 2022 model year Subaru vehicles sold over the last ten years are still on the road today. The Subaru Outback ranks best.

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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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Kelly Althoff (not verified)    September 6, 2022 - 11:24AM

My 2020 Subaru LP Aventure Series Forester is the best vehicle I have ever owned. 18" Flow One Race Spec rims with wide terrain Nitto tires, a 3" lift.. I never have to worry about getting stuck year around. Great gas mileage and rugged good looks. I get a lot of compliments on it as well. Every time I go to my Subaru dealer in St. Cloud, Mn.MN.. it always gets a lot of looks. They are pretty rare I hear. I guess it's true because I never lose it in a busy parking lot.

Jasjit Bawa (not verified)    September 6, 2022 - 5:21PM

My brand new 2022 outback XT 12k km in has had battery replaced and other electrical problems fixed as my usb ports stopped working. The car just all of a sudden stopped turning on one day and took it to the dealership and they said the battery was faulty.

Mary Lambe (not verified)    September 7, 2022 - 2:57AM

Went thru 3 batteries my last new Outback. My 21 Touring Outback has already had 3 jump calls < 4, 000 miles. Told if ever needed repair they had loaner cars except, well, when you ask for a loaner car. Not only is the free loaner a dealer lie too, but the won’t tell you if you have to find a rental for 3 days, 5 days…”How should we know?” Maybe because the car had been purchased 4 weeks ago? “Nah, buy a battery yourself or find 5+ Day car rental” Next car will be a Toyota— assuming the I get the Outback battery resolved. It is only 110 degrees out. Too cold?

mourad aziri (not verified)    September 7, 2022 - 12:30PM

Subaru displayed a page of a "new suv " on their global website ! it can be more than the crosstrek and can be a new suv for right !

Roger (not verified)    September 8, 2022 - 3:17AM

I've only just got rid of my Subaru Liberty, which is believe is the Ascent in America. It had 600,000kms, about 370,000 miles, over 22 years. Just replaced it with the new WRX wagon.

Leslie (not verified)    September 8, 2022 - 10:00AM

I have a 2013 outback and had to replace bearings 2 times,every 6 MONTHS I have to replace a head light or fog light since I had the car, and my car has been well maintained. NOW MY VEHICLE IS HAVING AN ISSUE WITH TRANSMISSIONwhich part cost $850 and dealer charge $2000 to fix.
Very sad about this!!:(

Mark Lennon (not verified)    September 10, 2022 - 7:31PM

I don’t believe this poll, not one bit!
I owned a 2020 Outback brand spanking new right off the showroom floor and the gas pump died after only 3k miles. Then after that was fixed I get a notice of recall on my car stating I had a bad drive chain.
Yep, timing chain was no good so instead of having it repaired I sold it back to Subaru of New Port Richey in Florida and purchased a new Nissan Maurano and I have never been happier.
So long Subaru!

Fiona (not verified)    September 10, 2022 - 11:56PM

Just wanted to let you know that I have had a love affair with my old Subarus. I am currently driving my 2004 Outback @323,000 klms.
Still going beautiful. I'm looking at another car but I really hope the next one holds up like my 2004.
I just wanted to give a. Ig thumbs up to Subaru.
Cheers Fiona Bilbrough.

Leon Backland (not verified)    September 11, 2022 - 3:18AM

Why do you ask so many questions in your articles? In every case, it is because you already know the answers. Do you use this style of journalism in every article? Yes, every article is padded with questions that the author immediately answers. Could this Q & A technique be used to "pad" articles so that they appear to contain more information than they actually have? It certainly looks that way.

Patricia Weiss (not verified)    September 11, 2022 - 6:15PM

I have 2005 subrau Baja turbo. It has almost 300,000 miles, it just played out. I would rather have my subrau Baja than a brand new Cadillac

J Bone (not verified)    January 31, 2023 - 5:44PM

Looking at the 5th & 6th gen Subaru Outback & Legacy. I commute 140 round trip, 8 days a week (mostly interstate) in sometimes Blizzard conditions and anything else mother nature throws at Illinois.which vehicle and generation would suit me best?