More than just a wagon, the Outback is an intriguing alternative to a traditional midsized SUV. It has more cargo space than most seemingly larger competitors, less thirst for fuel, and a lower price. Functionally, it does everything most midsized SUVs can do -- except tow a heavy load. Subaru has split the difference between a wagon and a crossover, creating a winning combination.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

More than just a wagon, the Outback is an intriguing alternative to a traditional midsized SUV. It has more cargo space than most seemingly larger competitors, less thirst for fuel, and a lower price. Functionally, it does everything most midsized SUVs can do -- except tow a heavy load.

Subaru has split the difference between a wagon and a crossover, creating a winning combination.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"The sensor for the rear-lift gate broke so that the trunk would not open and did not think it was closed even if it was latched. The dealership did fix the problem (and gave me a loaner car) free of charge, but it took them two tries so it was still annoying"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

"In heavy rain the sensors indicators on the dash board flash on and off indicating the control of lane departure and automatic stopping are not working. The camera gets covered with water and dirt making it hard to see the image of what is behind the car"

Michael C., NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stopped working, but when I took it to the dealer, it started working again"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player stopped working in the entire system needed to be replaced. Nothing works. Not the camera not the radio. They need to be replaced. Very disappointing for a brand-new car"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The angle of the screen is such that there is a lot of glare. Also, if you are wearing sunglasses, it's almost impossible to read anything on it"

K R., CO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen would freeze and no functions on the system would work until the car was restarted. Issue was resolved with a firmware update"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought car new Jan '16. Around Nov '16, screen froze, all panel associated electronics went out. Dealer replaced entire unit at no charge. We have had one momentary glitch in screen since but did not require replacement, just turned engine off and back on, with no further difficulty in electronics"

Clif L., OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when I connect my phone and have it charging, I am unable to control the radio through the touch screen or through the steering wheel controls"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes when I change radio stations it will not let me go back to the map. When that happens we have to pull over and turn off car and start it to get the map back on"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen for the radio would freeze up requiring the car to be turned off. This was hopefully fixed by a software update"

Carl P., OH (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"screen froze; system became inoperable system replaced by subaru with rebuilt system. no further problems"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"1 Touch screen would not respond . Reset when ignition turned off 2 Locked on to random radio station. Audio would not turn off. Reset when ignition turned off. 3. screen blanked when using GPS. Audio remained on. Rest when ignition turned off"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The navi system froze and wouldn't change Dealer had to download an upgrade to the navi system under warranty System works fine. Ow"

J J., ON (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"during operation, weekly the infotainment system freezes making it inoperable until the mini-sd card is removed and reinserted or the car is restarted"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"media display would intermittently freeze up. sometimes it would start working with no action taken, Would always come back to working after ignition restart"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1. Can't access GPS screen from audio display 2. Can't change SiriusXM stations 3. Can't change volume on radio All happen intermittently and restarting car cures the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"screen freezes to current selection and can't change it unless car is restarted"

Richard O., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire system freezes up. Radio won't play, gps wont work. Subaru unable to fix"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"GPS map would freeze. In fact, everything would. I couldn't move from map display to anything else (like radio). Dealer did a software update, but there are STILL glitches, like the mpg gauge got stuck in showing only negative mpg even though I knew it had to be in the positive"

James T., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem involves the dashboard display icons, messages, and gauges; NOT the infotainment display. This problem happened only once, but it was quite disconcerting. While cruising about 60 mph along a deserted road, the computer controlling the dashboard display icons, messages, and gauges suddenly crashed. Various icons were inappropriately on or off (e.g., the icon indicating the parking brake was on while I was going 60 mph), I think the gauges may have displayed incorrect values, and"

Steve K., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Probably monthly occurrence of freezing of entire infotainment system - can't operate gps, satellite radio, or any other features until stop and turn off the car"

Anonymous, WV (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The screen was freezing up at different times for no known reason"

Cathy S., NV (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system would lock up completely, pairing took forever, backup camera come on while driving forward"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When connecting my phone to the USB port, the radio become erratic and then freeze-up. Had to stop the car, turn off the ignition and restart the car to reset display"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same thing as GPS - all part of the same problem. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I started the car the information system screen would be blank. It would change brightness at odd times when it was working. The volume controls were inoperable at times"

Cathy S., NV (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"unit was replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone constantly connected and disconnected"

Paul M., PA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"When playing music from the USB interface, the player routinely stops for periods of up to 10 seconds and then resumes, sporadically. Volume fluctuates incredibly. It also takes over 3 minutes to load every time, even if the USB stays plugged in before and after the car is started"

Jean L., ON (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It freezes up on long road trips, affecting all the dashboard electronics--clock, radio, etc. Everything freezes"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS maps are often incomplete or not available in southern KY and TN. Voice sends maps to completely unrelated places. We can not depend on the accuracy or even availability even in our home area"

Mary M., KY (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"difficult to input"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System just went screwy. Whole console replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the system locks up. brought to dealer they tried to fix it but it happened again. the gps system does not work well. i get better directions on a $125 Garmin. the glare makes it hard to read. The gps looses destinations and then you have stop care and shut it off to put in a new destination. Wish I would;d have not bought it"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Outdated Wrong and Dangerous"

Phillip W., TN (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The voice system cuts off prematurely giving you partial sentences"

Sam L., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to use & program destination"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It is not very easy to use. It seems awkward and rather poorly designed. It is not intuitive. Often we cannot find the address or street number because the on-screen choices are too limited. Most of the time we have to use a zip code. It's so frustrating we rarely use it"

James S., MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Freezing up"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"screen freezes and Nav stops"

Richard O., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"voice direction"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If left on its own it takes me thru, the longest way the most difficult way & unsafe areas My leasing experience was terrible, dealer lies"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically operation is not intuitive and provided GPS maps often seriously off"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"the navigation is so unreliable that I use my smartphone (android) for navigation. In addition, the navigation could not find places I wanted to travel to"

Gary S., IL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would like a larger screen to see more of the area map and not just the small area that I am currently in. Not enough streets are shown and it is impossible for me to see where I am headed down the road. I would not purchase another unless the nav & Bluetooth systems are improved"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous post: it froze along with the radio"

James T., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whenever a destination is programmed in the GPS, there is no way to silence the loud verbal commands that the system is constantly barking at me. Worsening this terrible design is the fact that whenever the system barks a command at me, it turns way down whatever audio (e.g., CD or radio) I was listening to. Living in Los Angeles, I know that traffic is terrible, and I don't need to hear the system announcing "traffic jam ahead" every few minutes. I also often choose to take a different route"

Steve K., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Text messages doesn't work most of the time. Navagation and radio froze a couple times and had to restart the car to fix it. Settings and preferences don't work sometimes or don't change at all. Navigation is very convenient but not intuitive to enter addresses or places in the menus"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It died. Thought I was in middle of Lake Superior!"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"more than once, nav sys took us in the wrong dir, we did have the right address. another took us off express way, short cut, and took us in circles. We had to back track in another state"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is not up to date on existing roads. For example interchanges that were added to roads 3-4 years ago do not appear on the display. It is hard to get alternative routes (and sometimes you just can't). Putting in destinations is cumbersome- Google maps is must more direct and simple. Occasionally a destination will be jus in the wrong location on the map"

Michael C., NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS Stops working Suddenly, Messages Auto Detect GPS Receiver, Message Cannot locate Satellite"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Gave erroneous directions on numerous occasions"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice on the navigation system cuts in and out"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Audio output on the GPS began to clip the beginnings of sentences (for instance, instead of saying "prepare to turn left in 100 feet", it would just say ". . . in 100 feet" , and started also to be off by 40 or 50 feet about where to turn. Subaru replaced the amplifier under warranty and the problem was solved"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The in dash GPS is so badly engineered you are better off pretending it is not in the car. Save yourself the aggravation and go buy a dash mount GPS. It's not even subtle, 5 minutes trying to make it actually work while driving makes you think you need to learn how to use it better but you will soon discover it's not you, the system is horrible. Dear Subaru, actually try one on the road before you sell them. UNBELIEVABLY POORLY ENGINEERED HUMAN INTERFACE. Please oh please get the GPS to at lea"

Matthew B., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The in-dash system is not intuitive it is difficult to use. I end up using my phone instead: it also freezes up"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's frequently inaccurate. As a matter of fact, it's worse than the last model's. The new features (predicting traffic, especially) are ridiculously bad"

Ellis C., NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS voice commands were "clipped" so I would not get complete directions. For example: "take the next . . . . ." Some words were cut in half. For example: "turn le . . . ." Dealership said it was a faulty amplifier and replaced it. Problem has not returned"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"doesn't pair consistently when i enter the car. it also takes a lot of time to pair when it does pair"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drops phone"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"apple IOS update caused some pairing problems, Problem solved by update to radio system"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The firmware had to be updated so that phones could pair, in addition so that my system was sending updated to Subaru so I could follow needs online"

Kelly T., NM (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"disconnecting primary driver's phone - have given up on using phone in car. dealer attribute to primary driver's smart phone but system was picking up secondary driver's flip phone until deprogrammed to try to get primary phone to function. primary still didn't function"

Anonymous, WV (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"calls would come from odd places. now it doesnt work at all. the orientation on purchase was very scanty. the direction books are vast. I just don't use it"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio would lose signal all the time. Also would switch stations on it's own. When it did this, none of the buttons would work. If I restarted the car, it would fix it (for a while). Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The volume fluctuates incessantly"

Jean L., ON (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius/XM resets each time car turned off"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Sirius XM radio requires reauthentication every time the ignition is turned off and on. Subaru service people blame Sirius XM. Sirius XM blames Subaru service people. After several hours of back and forth, I've decided to live without satellite entertainment. FM radio, CD, USB are fine"

George K., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head unit kept shorting amplifier and was replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stops working and come back when restate engine"

Sherif B., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not stay connected to Sirius XM"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the radio is difficult to turn off. requires mult. attempts. the reception is worse than my 20 year old ford. no reception in the mountains at all. no reception 25 miles from home on some curvy roads"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"After a refresh due to a recall, the entire electronics system became unreliable--freezing up and not working properly. The car almost became unusable"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"incremental speed adjustment for cruise control: no way to determine if slight touch of lever in(de)crements speed by 1 or by 5 mph. Probably bad contact at base of steering wheel lever"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"System randomly would not understand voice commands. Issue was resolved with the update for the screen freeze-up"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice hears what she wants and changes satellite to FM, hears channels wrong, hears commands wrong. Laughable if not so frustrating. Diverts attention FROM driving instead of helping"

Mary M., KY (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"They simply do not work. We gave up trying to use them several months ago"

James S., MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequently the car does not accept my voice commands or seems to go blank after I have made a voice command. My connections are not made and I can not get the car to relinquish it's hold on the phone to try again. I have taken it in 3 times and contacted Subaru but they say their unit is working properly - I have paired with several other car brands with no difficulty so I have to think it is a problem with Subaru. They also said it is Apple's fault because they do updates that their system"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the voice commands were very unreliable. The dealer said the volume on the microphone was too low and says it was fixed. I have not tried it out much since then"

Gary S., IL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very frustrating to use the voice command to phone a number in my phone list"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"UNBELIEVABLY POORLY ENGINEERED USER INTERFACE. Please oh please get the GPS to work before adding useless voice commands that change the cabin temperature. In fact actually don't add them at all. The temperature control knob is like right there"

Matthew B., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Alignment not correct from factory and not corrected by dealer caused tire failure at 16,000 miles. Subaru reimbursed us for new tires and alignment corrected under warranty"

Glennon Z., NV (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"right front wheel was completely out of alignment. When corrected, had to replace all four tires instead of just the worn and ruined tire"

Carlton M., ME (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Alignment off after steering replaced in general recall. Not checked by dealership after repair. Returned for correction and has been fine since"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hopefully this issue is corrected with the new tires and also the dealer indicated that they had a problem with the calibration of their equipment for a short time period"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"One front wheel ball joint faulty. Caused excessive front end vibration during acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Too much sway. I went to aftermarket for new sway bars. Now the car handles much better"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"rear sway bar was too soft. i put on a heavier one and road control is more stable"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Recall of car and out of service for 3 weeks due to a manufacturing error on the steering column"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I had no problem, but the car had a factory recall due to a mis-milled steering shaft section. car was taken out of service for 2 weeks (free rental provided) until parts arrived"

Lowell B., MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steer ing column replaced on recall"

Harvey C., MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A recall on the steering. Needed to replace the column"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Outback was recalled because of possible faulty part in the steering linkage. The car was towed to the closest dealer while I was on vacation and the part was replaced. Afterwards, we noticed the steering wasn't as responsive so we took it to the local dealer when re returned home. The local dealer found that the other dealership had stipped a bolt while installing the replacement part. That was repaired and a second replacement part was installed. No further problems, but we dodged a b"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious recall. I was advised NOT to drive the car until repairs were made"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a recall on this issues - mine was one of the affected. Subaru put us in a rental, but it took three weeks for parts to get to the dealership"

Scott P., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall steering shaft"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall of certain 2016 Subaru Outback ( and Legacy) in May 2016 (one week after delivery for me). Long wait times since US customers taken care of before Canadian. No apology, no followup, no recognition on the part of Subaru Canada that this was a hardship/inconvenience/disappointment to customers"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within a few months, there was a factory recall and the steering column had to be replaced. We were notified NOT to drive the car. It took 3 weeks to repair the vehicle"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manufacturer recall for steering column"

James-Linda F., MD (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At less than 2000 miles I received an urgent recall notice to have the steering column replaced because the column could disconnect from the steering wheel due to a manufacturer's milling error, leaving the car with no steering. I was prohibited from driving the car until the column was inspected and replaced, which was completed within two weeks of notice"

William C., NM (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"recalled for steering shaft"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car was recalled for some problem in the steering shaft that said the steering wheel could fail"

Jason H., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Steering column needed to be replaced via recall by the manufacturer and now works well"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"No actual failure but car recalled for a possible in the steering column"

Michael M., SC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We were notified that the steering column was unsafe and we should not drive the car. It was picked up, "fixed", and returned. Then another call that wrong part was installed and too dangerous to drive. Picked it up again to fix!"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled the car for a 3 week repair"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru issued a recall on my new 2016 Subaru Outback before my first monthly payment! They notified us, took the car to the dealership on a flatbed truck, and fixed the problem. We did not notice the defect, so were glad they caught it soon"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"WTD65 : 2016-17 Legacy/Outback Steering Column steering column replaced under recall"

John M., NC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer has been unable to resolve Vibration problem, looking into replacing tires with Subaru of America (cost issue)"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Right fron tire worn down to the metallic thread. Vibration in steering wheel"

Carlton M., ME (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"5,000 miles on tires four months after purchasing car and overall wear was great, but drastically uneven on back tires compared to front tires. A new set of tires was required. Subaru claimed "tires were driven too far in too short of a time" and refused to cover them; however, we were able to get a "free" alignment with the new tires"

Anonymous, AK (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very poor quality tires put on new vehicles. The vehicle handled horribly on the road. Hopped on bumps, all over the road, no traction on icy/snowy roads. Was out of alignment twice. At 23000 miles 1 tire had almost no tread. New tires installed and now car is okay so far and in alignment. Contacted the company and Subaru covered $500.00 of the cost of new tires"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibrations appear to have caused uneven tire wear"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had a wheel bearing go bad on left front, was replaced by Subaru at no cost to me"

Sandy S., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearings went bad in right rear...had to fix. Was pretty bad, took tech more than normal time to fix. Went bad at about 20,000 miles...way too soon. Had similar issue with previous Subaru too"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"cold air leak at bottom floor driver side"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"air leaks that allow the road noise to infiltrate the cabin"

Anonymous, NL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side window looks like it has water streaks that I cannot wash off. Additionally, when the sun is on that side it is very difficult to see through that window on that side due to glare. This glare is significantly more intense than any other windows in the vehicle"

Marek H., NV (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Excessive wind noise on the driver's side. I have had this looked at twice at the dealership"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Outback is very noisy. It's like the Outback has super thin glass or window seals that do a poor job at sound insulation or something. I've never noticed road noise from passing cars as much as I have in my new Outback"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a rattle coming from the dash. It took two visits, plus a video of the rattling for the dealer to resolve the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles in front suspension and ratles with plastic Dashboard .winter the engine is very noisy When is Cold"

Donald L., QC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There has been a rattle in the dashboard since the car was new. The dealer can't find the rattle, but it is still there after one year"

Robert W., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasional rattles while driving"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Noise thought to be in dashboard, turned out to be in the engine compartment. Loose hose had to be clamped down"

Michael M., TX (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in/near the steering column when driving over rough roads. I have not been able to pinpoint the exact location yet"

Wesley H., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There's a minor but annoying dashboard rattle at certain speeds on rough pavement"

Gary A., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Rattle in the dashboard on left side of dash. Worse in cold weather and on bumby roads"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dashboard during cold weather. Didn't rattle when I brought in for service and test drive with service advisor. Very annoying sometimes"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There some kind of weird pump noise in back that apparently can't be fixed because it's "normal". Sometimes you can't turn off the radio without turning off the car"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash rattle Driver seat rattle. Seat was replaced"

William B., PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe rattling/clicking from dash area where the "A" pillars meet the dash, both sides, when the body flexes in cold weather. Dealer claims they can't hear it even when in the car with me on a test ride. Also drivers side front door panel rattles, same as above"

George Z., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"At highway speeds there was/is an excessively loud noise especially if there is any wind at the time. Subaru has a supposed fix for this problem. This fix did reduce the wind noise somewhat however not to my satisfaction"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Since purchasing the vehicle, there is excessive wind noise when traveling over 40mph. Subaru has not been able to resolve this issue"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very high levels of wind noise when driving in strong crosswind or headwind conditions. Dealer states it is due to the luggage rack on top, but we don't agree. Still working through the issue"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side door. Cross winds cause buzzing inside door"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front door seal have windniise especially on cross winds"

Sam L., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise at 50 mph and above not bad. Not noticeable if radio is on"

Robert C., SC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it seems the weather striping around the windows allow air into the cabin causing sometimes a whistling noise and road noise infiltrates also"

Anonymous, NL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise of the wind passing by the car pent rates the passenger compartment"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise around the front doors"

Robert R., SC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise from driver's window. Window closed but sounds like it is slightly open. Particularly noticeable at highway speed"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the front windows are noisy at high speeds. especially the passsenger side. they said it was a known problem and replaced both windows!! Still noisy!"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"outside mirrors made noise..subaru knew of problem and fixed"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Excessive wind noise when windy outside"

Bob R., NE (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very annoying wind noise while driving on highway"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Crosswinds and highway speed resulted in crackling noise around front driver door window. Door seals replaced under recall. Crackling noise gone, but still a lot of wind noise"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"blows fuse when charging two cell phones"

Sue I., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power rear door does not always respond. Still not resolved"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Problem with electronic module causing continual battery drain"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Warranty repair complete. Replaced adaptive cruise control command switch. Prevented cruise control use. Caused Eye Sight to be inoperative"

J M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"All mu forward driving gauges went off lone because the oil was to high in the engine and triggered the response code to see the dealership. When I swerved to maneuver through a construction site and it triggered the sensor for too much oil in the engine.At least that is what the service rep told me"

G H., WA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"They go out a lot---However--Subaru will now fix them at the dealer for free---better than me fixing them with a real hassle and a fifty dollar light bulb"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"took long to diagnose and then replace"

Sue I., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Unable to regulate interior dash lights in rain"

Robert S., MA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"When I have the key in my hand, the system tells me it cannot detect the key and the car refuses to start. A few minutes later it usually starts, but I no longer trust it, and apparently there is no way to start the car if the electronic signal from the key is not present. Drag"

Scott A., MN (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurrent problems with getting the interior opening button, the key fob button or the sensor button for the tailgate to work"

Gregory F., ID (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tailgate opens inconsistently using the the open button on the tailgate and the open button on the dashboard. The keyless toggle typically works. Whenever I take in to the dealer it works fine"

Kathy F., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I was able to lock the vehicle with the radio still playing, but the keyless entry would not unlock the car. I contacted Starlink for a remote "unlock," but I received a message that the system was currently unavailable and to try again later. I was able to unlock the vehicle with the key that is inside the remote"

Wendy L., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Doesn't work"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote start fob would not work at a distance of more than 4 feet"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is very difficult to operate"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Half the time the remote start fails even if we are just feet away from the car. Often when it does start it then shuts down after a minute or two. The car should run for fifteen minutes before shutting down. The problems are intermittent but always works perfectly when the vehicle is at the dealer for maintenance. We purchased the car from a dealer further from our home but have it serviced at a dealer much closer to us. They flatly refuse to look for the cause saying we should take the car"

Judd M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote starter fails consistently in cold weather. Dealer refuses to change module stating "if we don't see it we can't fix it.""

George Z., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blind spot warning alert need to be replaced"

Daniel K., WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wiper motor was defective from the factory and had to be replaced under warranty with a new unit"

Gregory F., ID (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield cracked from stress"

Dave M., BC (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Gas filler door would stick closed. Dealer had to install a repair kit to center the filler door in the opening so that it would open as it should"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Gas filler door became extremely difficult to open, since the release by the driver's side seat would not cause the door to open. Subaru replaced the fuel filler door under warranty, and the problem is solved"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Sometimes the power tailgate opens when the button is pushed, and sometimes it does not, even with key in pocket"

Robert W., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The back hatch wouldn't open all of the time from the internal button, exterior button or the FOB. The Subaru dealership wound up replacing all of the sensors on the back hatch"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Load glunking noise when opening. Motor changed"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The tailgate doesn't work properly it only opens half the time. I have had it serviced but it doesn't change"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind deflector on tailgate incorrectly installed allowing a leak Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Passenger side window stopped working from driver's control. Dealer had to "recycle" it and is working fine now. Also, had to replace key fob battery after only 1.5 years"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Window switch on drivers door for front passenger window stopped working"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Modings around roof rack warping have been replaced once under warranty"

Paul F., TN (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Loose door moulding. Replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just loose and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof rack rubber is wiggly at the edge, repalced once. same problem, Rep says is know problem, will need to be replaced with next model year roof rack"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Interior molding, to the left of the windsheild came down 3 times, pushed back in place, and finally stayed after the 3rd time"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint is extremely thin so the least little scratch shows thru and needs repainting"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to chip easily"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Local defect in paint. Looked like sap spots but it was not. Dealer repainted"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery dead after only 9 months, 27,000 miles. No warranty"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery failed and was requiring repeated jump starts. I replaced on my own rather than fooling with the dealer"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery failed. Symptoms were random electrical errors (trunk not opening,etc), and battery ran flat overnight on six (!) different occasions with no identifiable reason"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"won't hold charge or doesn't self charge while driving"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery died twice requiring AAA field service within five days. Had to purchase new battery and eventually had to contact Subaru Customer Support to recover cost of new battery"

M R., CT (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Hesitates at low speed acceleration"

Gregory L., VA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Often times a very noticeable lag from when you press the gas pedal to when the transmission kicks in. This hapens happens only when starting from a stopped position"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"can¿t reproduce. not fixed, still have the problem"

Ronald D., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"At a no-load slow speed (35 - 45 mph) the transmission pulses (like in a jerking motion). Trans computer reset - did not correct problem"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor went bad where the car was bucking and unsafe to drive. I had to have the vehicle flat bed towed to the dealer to repair the sensor"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Trans would "slam" into next gear from dead stop while in drive through"

Louis B., IL (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting from a stop while under normal acceleration, my Outback would have a noticeable vibration at 15 to 20 mph. Vibration would stop after accelerating beyond 20 mph. Torque converter was replaced but still have slight vibration at 15 to 20 mph. Dealership will now replace from axles to see if this eliminates vibration. Vibration issue was noticed by me at around 14,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"My Outback was one of the few manufactured last spring in which there was a MAJORr transmission problem. The company called me directly and had me make an arrangement to have it delivered to them for repair for the 2-3 days for parts and replacement. They provided me with a temporary car and later sent a $100 gift certificate for the inconvenience"

Wanda D., CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Unsure)

"Had 2014 Forester with bad engine with 45000 miles and a 2016 Outback to replace it and the Outback transmission had to be replaced. Not very happy with Subaru at the point!!!!!!"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The vehicle was leaking a light amber fluid, which the dealership thought was transmission fluid. Even though Subaru transmission fluid in the CVTs is blue, the dealership decide to replace the transmission, as that was easier than pulling the engine. Because Subaru does not repair transmissions, it replaced the original transmission with a new one. The vehicle continued to leak fluid, which turned out to be coming from the engine, which was fixed by pulling the engine and replacing oil seals"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"same note with awd"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Key getting stuck in ignition. Electrical system/battery died and required jumpstarting. Dealer currently working on issue and reporting they need to replace the "brain" of the car"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car won't start if interior lights are left on for approx. 10 minutes while vehicle is not running. Battery tested ok and dealer is aware of this issue"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

"could not shift out of park due to restrictions generated because of "hill mode" of the drive selection which I did not select"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MS (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"replaced both catalytic converters"

G H., WA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Was not locking and unlocking properly"

Mary D., GA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Defective oxygen sensor turning on check engine light, happened with less than 500 miles, no problems since replacement"

Russell D., MI (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light indicated a problem. Local Subaru dealership resolved the issue"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"fan keeps on blowing when turned off sometimes"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"It quit working and wouldn't blow air. It made a humming sound"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Too noisy"

Byron R., PA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Condenser

"Windows and mirror do clear up fast enough"

Byron R., PA (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"This model burns oil much faster than it should. I've been part of a test to try to determine if they need to recall the vehicle multiple times and I'm always right on the cusp. I am very disappointed with this in the spark"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A major gasket was installed improperly and leaked. The engine was torn apart and gasket was replaced. The repair/replacement took six days"

John C., WI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal between the motor and transmission leaked. Engine had to be pulled to fix engine oil leak"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small oil leak was originally diagnosed as fluid coming from the transmission, and because Subaru doesn't repair transmissions, the dealership replaced the original transmission with a new one. But the oil leak persisted, for which the dealership had to pull the engine to access the oil leak source and replace gaskets and add sealant to the interface surfaces. The engine was re-installed in the car, and it has been running fine for about 5 months now. Apparently there was no problem with the CV"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"There was a recall. I did not experience a problem"

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Worni use gravel roads in vermont"

John C., VT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"WoPREMATURE WEARrn"

John C., VT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"leaking head gasket, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"The belt was too big for my car. The belt started screeching 1 day after driving the car off the lot"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Over flow bottle runs out every 6 months"

Anonymous, RI (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"had to add antifreeze small then leak got worse they kept car for seven days and gave me a loaner"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Muffler failed and was replaced under warranty at about 11,000 miles; it has now failed again and is scheduled for replacement on May 3, 2017"

J D., OR (2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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