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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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.

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) has been recalibrated, making acceleration less thrashy. Unless you floor the gas pedal, the engine revs and noise drop off quickly, which makes the car sound much quieter and feel more relaxed. The tradeoff is that the four-cylinder Outback is slower, though it doesn't really feel slow from behind the wheel. With the 2.5i, we measured fuel economy of 24 mpg overall, which is significantly better than any midsized SUV. Six-cylinder 3.6R versions are much quicker and even quieter, with little penalty in fuel economy. We got 22 mpg overall.

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 2017 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

"passenger side blind spot warning system is inconsistent"

Terrence V., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Very hard to see in daylight, impossible if sun actually hits it"

Anne G., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Today was a sunny day and I cannot read the dash control screen to see if the AC is on or off, or the outside temperature or the time of day. The GPS and Starlink both do not work well or at all at times but the poor Display Screen for the controls and the XM Radio are so bad and so poorly designed they are a safety hazard showing no customer input at all. I have owned 4 Subaru but this is the last one! Never again will I purchase such a poorly designed auto. Designed by Japenese engineers and n"

Robert L., MI (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"FROZE UP WHILE USING RADIO"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the screen freeze up with bluetooth music playing, with no use of the forward or back track on either the dash or the steering wheel. The only item that would work was the volume/on/off knob. Turning off the stereo and back on again would not fix the issue. Only turning off the car and turning the car back on"

C O., MD (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Map and clock stopped working Radio wouldn't change stations"

D S., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Navigation screen occasionally freezes up with map not moving"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen froze up. Radio, CD, touch screen and steering wheel control unresponsive. Only manual vol. and tuning knobs worked. turn car off/on worked for 10 minutes then stopped. Of course every thing worked at the dealership. They think computer rebooted itself"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes when my apple 6 iphone is plugged in with the usb cord to charge it, it freezes the screen. it is bluetooth paired"

Scott J., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Info / Nav system went black but radio still played. They replaced it"

Kathleen K., MN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lousy interface - balky"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While on a long trip, they GPS and fuel gauge froze up. No indication that anything was wrong until 100 or so miles later, things didn't seem right. Also the "safety" sensors would indicate failure and the some time later would come back online. Several times"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation map freezes. The clock freezes at same time. Only way to fix it is to pull over, shut off engine, then restart. All then works fine, until it freezes again. We will be taking it in for warranty service soon"

Anne G., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are numerous instances where the box to enter a destination is "greyed" out and you are unable to select it to change or enter a new address. Backing out to previous screens doesn't work either. I know there must be a simple trick to doing this but it shouldn't be this hard to use GPS. I carry a 7' Garmin in the door pocket for just these instances"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It selects routes that go in circles. It selects routes that go in the wrong direction"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very poor system. Reroutes constantly and periodically locks up"

Mesh F., OH (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficulty with getting directions"

Daniel D., FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"See above"

D S., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Isn't up to date. Unable to locate new businesses, new addresses"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SLOW!! Can barely locate gps signals. Sirius radio often fails to get signal. Layout of screens is also confusing and way way way too many menus to locate what you need. Inputting address is convoluted and way to long"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice detection system did not work"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On 2 occasions, the GPS system froze up while en route. The dash clock froze at the same time. Once the car was turned off and restarted, all returned to appropriate settings"

Michael B., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"would hang on loading route. coupled with radio symptoms (XM not working) fix was to replace entire unit"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All sound will stop(AM,FM,Disk,&sires) and can't bring up maps. Will reset itself if the car is turned off and let set a few minutes. The nav screen will sometimes freeze in a location, change direction, or display. Subaru has checked system and found nothing wrong. Road info is dated at least 2years on new 2017 car"

Ronald N., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On a highway trip in Dec. 2016 the system froze up several times. although my home location had been properly entered by the Subaru dealer the "home" location was lost on the return trip and had to be entered again"

Anonymous, AR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock froze then the GPS froze"

Mark K., TX (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nav system freezes up, but dealer doesn't find cause of problem. We now travel with a portable GPS"

Katherine F., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"pairing took a long time"

Daniel D., FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Often experiencing Bluetooth connection switching between phone handset and in car speaker phone while on a call. Very annoying and a dangerous distraction. Could possibly be my Windows Phone handset at fault"

John E., GA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio infotainment system occasionally does not respond to touch to make changes to the station. It essentially freezes"

Michael B., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally (four times) the audio controls freeze. The only way to get them to work is to cycle the ignition off and then back on. The dealership cannot duplicate the problem"

David K., IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering will, on its own, steer to the right or left even when I am in a lane and there's no other cars around"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering does not feel as stable as our previous 2011 Forester. I speculate that the additional connection to the Eyesight lane holding feature has affected the steering stability even when not in use"

Terrence V., OR (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice recognition, especially when attempting to use GPS is abysmal on a good day - a180 degree departure from the rest of the vehicle which is superb. Subaru should license, backward engineer or steal the voice recognition system from BMW's 2017 X-3"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It doesn't recognize voice commands"

Ken R., OH (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE VOICE RECO SYSTEM WORKS WELL WITH THE PHONE BUT WITH THE NAV SYSTEM DOES NOT COME CLOSE"

Ronald N., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard to give voice commands for phone calls. I end up screaming at it"

Barry H., ME (2017 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaks through the lower passenger side of windshield onto the front passenger floor. There is a gap in the seal. The floor gets soaked when driving in rain, and I have to mop it up with a sponge. Currently awaiting repair"

David J., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Unusual high pitch/Frequency whistle coming from area of transmission/shifter when going steady 70mph on freeway. Not coming from transmission; sounds like loose panel or linkage. Service cannot duplicate. Intermittent. Most frequent on highway driving"

Ken L., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Had rattle in rear whenever car was started and put into gear. Was found that a sleeve covering the exhaust was bumping up against the trailer hitch. Was fixed at the first maintenance visit"

Richard B., TX (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low frequency rattle from within the center of the dash, above the radio console"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from steering wheel hub, rattles from glove box area, poor quality of assembly, leather seat backs rippled"

J V., NC (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The car is 2 months old. and a rattle started in the front dash. They say is has been fixed - a small cap that was replaced. not entirely fixed and there is a squeak in the passagener door. I yet to tell them"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mirror rattles in windy conditions. The drivers side window rattles"

John H., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle in dash , fixed 1 time now needs fixed again"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle in dashboard"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"FL Speaker cuts out on bumps, something behind GPS is loose (bumps), water marks behind time/temp display like was wet/ damp. Some body sway in turns"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle noises in the dash"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a problem with liftgate creaking when it was lowered. Took to dealer and it was more involved than we thought. It needed two days plus a trip to the body shop to repair. The dealer gave us a new loaner and all repairs were covered under warranty. We are happy with results"

John M., IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise at highway speed. I had a 2011 Subaru Outback which looks identical but did not have the same noise. l asked the service representative and his explanation was that the side rearview mirror is larger than previous models"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Driver and passenger side windows are very noisy from wind at freeway speeds"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"its disturbing at hi way speed"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very pronounced wind noise coming from front doors when driving at high speeds on an Interstate"

J B., AZ (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am very, very disappointed in the road and wind noise of this vehicle at highway speeds. So much so, I will prob sell this vehicle at huge loss. I test drove and researched and believed it was not going to be an issue. I was wrong. Other than that I like the vehicle very much"

Clayton B., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru still has some wind noise coming from driver and passenger windows. My previous Outback had same, though much more severe"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side window wind noise is excessive"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru has a great vehicle, but it has to get it's act together and quite the vehicle from road and wind noise while it is going down the road at highway speed!"

L S., ND (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front windows have wind noise at 40mph & above. Can't be fixed. Factory rep says most Outbacks have the noise. They think its a design flaw in the hood & tge way the wind comes off the hood & pass the windows. Very annoying. I'll never buy another Subaru"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The car is noisy on the highway"

John H., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just wind noise from driver's door. Not adjustable"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front windows, fourth Subaru, all had front window wind noise"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind nose is a problem with this model"

John M., IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a bit more wind noise on the driver's side then necessary. It was partially resolved by dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Headlights

"High Beams do not work"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"auto headlight sensor would not turn on the headlight in tunnel until you almost drove out of the tunnel. Even if slightly cloudy headlights would turn on Subaru dealer said the fixed it but still the same"

Anonymous, QC (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Outback is sold as an ideal car for camping. After purchase I discovered it has bright light on mirrors that come on and stay on if hatch or doors are open and stay on for up to 15 minutes (battery drain) and 15 min again if any door is opened. This is very disturbing in a parked camping situation. Dealer/dealer service claim there is not way to over ride this. It has become a really hate/love relationship with the car since as a new car I am stuck with this unsatisfactory feature for 10 yea"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light bulb failed or burned out"

Barbara J., IN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One fog light was pointed up rather than down"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Had fog light go out within 4 weeks of purchase"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Slow to heat up and does not get as warm as previous models"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Poor design of interior light near the lift gate lead to unknowingly leaving light on. If this happens (it did on several occassions) the battery will drain overnight"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Radio frequency interfered with the fob"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"The car wouldn't start with the push button starter because of a dead battery . We couldn't find any reason why the battery would be dead. Car was able to be started by a jump, but battery tested as good later. Maybe an internal electrical problem with car? The car will go into the dealer for a check this week. Also nav system freezes up but dealer service can't find cause. Also hatchback electronics malfunction and hatchback gets stuck open."

Katherine F., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Came on when the season changed"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Most of the dashboard warning lights would stay on after the car was running. Problem diagnosed as bad pin in harness to module. Car is at dealer ready to be picked up"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear windshield washer not working properly. No solution coming from sprayer. Found out insulation around wires are made of bio degradeable materials that squirrels and other rodents like to eat. This is a known problem but Subaru still using this type of material. They fixed at no cost this time. Future unknown"

Mary D., FL (2017 Subaru Outback Unsure Unsure)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Door alignment has dropped just a bit and causes a hard rubbing sound where the door latch assembly comes into contact with the door as it closes"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear doors must be closed with greater force"

J B., AZ (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The leather seats picked up the color from blue jeans and were changing color. We had to return to the dealer and they cleaned and applied a recommended interior stain protectant package. They paid for the cleaning by the detain shop, but we had to purchase the stain protectant package"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Rear hatch latch was serviced 4 times before it was properly fixed. Lacy has would not lock and hatch wouldn't stay closed. Dealer was inept in fixing it saying it was user error. Then on 4th service they determined rubber seal was in way"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail opening and closing noisy - sort of went clink clink clink. Dealer replaced the motor and lift shaft"

Raymond S., CA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"OPEN/SHUTTING MECHANISM BROKE; FIXED UNDER WARRANTY"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"When new both front windows scraped in channels going up over a 6" space 1/2 way up. Driver's window has since ceased"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 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

"The heating temperature control causes the interior temperature to be 8 degrees hotter than the setting. Subaru regional technicians say this is within acceptable limits which are temperature errors of 10 to 14 degrees. I have Subaru documentation of this. I have to constantly adjust the temperature or open windows"

Albert K., PA (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"Their heating system is just horrible! My Dads first new car a 1957 Plymouth Belvedre would put this new Subaru to same!"

L S., ND (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"after driving car for 30 minutes/30 miles and parking, i can smell antifreeze. I had to fill antifreeze on 2 occasions b/c level was low"

Derek T., MA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 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)

"I had nine dead batteries in the first five months which the dealership said were my fault. The AAA records will show this. Finally they replaced the battery- no apology"

Margot H., NH (2017 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery had a bad cell. Many times, the engine wouldn't turn over. Whenever I took it to the dealer, they told me it was fine, and I had left something on to run down the battery. Finally, I asked my husband to take the car to the dealer, they found the bad cell. Go figure. I guess this is more a reflection upon the dealership--very frustrating!"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Car had starting/stalling issue after purchase...Subaru took over a month to figure out a solution to the issue"

Anonymous, WA (2017 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

Driveshaft or axle

"when vehicle is shifted from Reverse to drive on a incline the car rolls back about 3 feet until cvt shifts to drive. There is a 3 second delay in reverse to drive"

Sharon C., FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration since purchase, balancing tires and alignment did not help"

Anonymous, GA (2017 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"peeling on wheels"

John C., WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bird droppings have left two spots after contact of less than two days. Have not had this problem in thirty years"

Tommy T., TX (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"After 4k miles, engine wreaks of antifreeze when hot. Seems to be an "outdoor" car. Don't want to park in garage. Dealer says "unsealed" system. My 2016 was traded for this reason. Entire car will eventually smell like antifreeze. Will NOT tolerate it forever"

Rodney D., TN (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Coolant low when purchased. Took it back three times and they filled it up twice, then on third visit filled it again and probably fixed something too because it has been ok since"

Thomas M., WA (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 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

"Electronic display indicated 30 miles to empty, and I ran out of gas. Dealer indicated it is an issue with the saddle shape design of the fuel tank"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"our first 2017 outback had 2 transmission replacements that both failed and dealer replaced the vehicle with another new car"

Anonymous, ME (2017 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

Timing belt or chain

"Actually, was a fault in a hydraulic piston that adjusted I/O valve operation"

Anonymous, OH (2017 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

Wheel bearings

"right front bearings failed"

Joyce B., NC (2017 Subaru Outback Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Car stalled several times one day after purchase; dealer fixed it as engine software required upgrade"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Brakes

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

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