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.
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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 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

Android Auto

"It keeps disconnecting from my android phone which is very upsetting when one is using goolge maps to find ones way"

Suzanne T., SK (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When our Samsung Note 9 and Galaxy S8 smartphones are connected by wire, SOMETIMES when we use our Amazon Music app it freezes the volume. You can't turn the volume up or down on anything, including navigation, radio, Aux. etc. Even after you unplug the phones you cannot change the volume. Even turning off the car and then back on, you still can't change the volume. After a period of time, it will reset itself and work regularly. We took it into the dealership to have it worked on, but of course it wouldn't do it when we were there. We have figured out how to trick the volume back into correct operation by using the volume button on the steering wheel while Google Maps Navigation is talking through the car's audio system. We keep hoping that an Android Audio system update will eventually fix the problem. Everything else about the Subaru Infotainment system works wonderfully!"

Thomas C., CA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The app does not function well to provide a mirror of a phone app like Google Maps to navigate. It is very difficult for the navigation to interface with the head unit in that the map does not display and the voice directions sometimes do not present themselves in a timely fashion. As an example: turn right in 600 feet may be heard 100 feet after the turn."

John S., NY (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"After sustained use occasionally the screen and cd and nav sustenances willfreeze up and we must stop and restart the car to allow their use again."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The entire module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"I kept loosing all my presets, and map info for the navigation system. This happened about 3 or 4 times within the first 2 weeks of ownership."

Anonymous, OH (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"In the settings I've set the system to not auto start playing when the vehicle turns on yet it continually does. If the stereo is off when I turn off the vehicle it auto turns on when I come back in. Half the time it swaps channels and blasts in my ears. The system tends to freeze up at startup so i also can't turn it off. Incredibly frustrating and I've been meaning to take it to the dealer to see about a fix."

Bradley C., IN (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice input is inoperative."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Properly connect with Android phone. i.e. transfer contact information in order to use voice commands to make a call and also see who is calling."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Not easy to use. The screen is not user friendly and did not work correctly"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On occasion the GPS will stop calculating path after typing in destination. It won't complete the task until the car is turned off, and even then sometimes it will continue its freeze at a certain percentage of calculation."

Dominic C., FL (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incorrect speed limit displayed on screen"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice input is inoperative."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The Tom Tom navigation system, together with the voice recognition system, are among the dumbest systems I have ever come across. Bad directions, annoying prompts, obtuse voice commands - you name it, this system is bad all around. About 3/4 of the time it doesn't understand my voice commands, the voice commands are non-nonsensical (Navigate to in stead of drive to, etc.), and the navigation system permits only 5 states' worth of maps to be installed at a time - requiring updates on the road if you happen to pass into a state that isn't loaded, and the wi-fi in car cannot connect to our home wi-fi system due to distance, requiring that we use our phone's wi-fi hotspot to download updates and maps - using up our data. Our Garmin GPS and Google maps contain maps for the entire world - but this system is limited to 5 states? Ridiculous! The voice system is annoying, and repeats the directions over and over, and then repeats the next direction before you even get to the location, mispronounces common place names, etc. The system is so bad and annoying that we don't use it and rely on my phone's Google maps for navigation in the car, and the voice command for the entertainment system is never used due to the above problems - requiring manual input in every case. I inquired of Subaru if they can replace the software with something more functional, but have not received a reply."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"On occasion the navigation did not accurately pick a route. As an example I picked a destination 55 miles away and arrived in good time and since I was somewhat familiar with the route I could tell it was accurate. However, upon asking for a route back to where I started from (home) the navigation system had me going in circles and into and out of different highways. I had to pull over and use my google map app on my phone to get me home. I have had a previous similar experience in an older Subaru and hoped they had come up with a fix. Since this is not the case and Subaru seems to want you to favor Android auto or Apple Play I tried Android Auto- it too is fairly useless."

John S., NY (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Using GPS.Probably a Samsung problem.NOT Subaru problem."

James B., OH (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes it works easily with a call coming onto the screen. Other times I can hear the phone ringing but nothing on the screen to see who is calling. Sometimes will not put a call thru. Sometimes the text messages work and sometimes not. Also the phone was paired/unpaired/paired 3X and still not working correctly"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing was easy and simple. Like any other car. But it drops the paring at odd times. I wear a Fitbit tracker and the two paired devices seem to interfere with each other. First the fitbit un-pairs from my phone.....then the car un-pairs from my android phone . And sometimes neither is affected. Very strange and spooky"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"First, the radio emitted a high-pitched squeal and had to be replaced before I drove off the lot. In three months, they still haven't managed to hook up Starlink. Apple CarPlay works some times and not others. But the most annoying is that you can't turn off the radio! It comes on with the ignition and stays on after you turn off the car until you open the door. The only alternative is to turn the volume to zero or shut off the infotainment screen entirely, but then you can't use the nav system. Why oh why did Subaru think this was a good idea?"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio just would not work. The technicians at the local dealership could not determine the problem. A new radio was ordered a week ago - has not arrived."

Anonymous, NE (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Owners manual states that the radio can be turned off by using the Power/Volume button. The radio cannot be turned off; only turned to 0 volume to not have the radio playing all the time. This is a known problem that developed in the 2018 Outback and has not been resolved. The dealer states that Subaru is working on the known problem and has not been able to resolve it, either by a change of equipment/supplier or a software update. This is in the infotainment system with the Tom-Tom GPS system, which has its on problem. It will periodically lose where you are if you chose to take a slightly different path to your destination. Software updates have not completely solved this problem. We have no problem with the GPS in our 2016 Outback(not a Tom Tom) and you can actual turn off the radio in the infotainment system."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AMPLIFIER went out at 1400 miles. Subaru replaced it, provided me a rental and 2 gifts, plus a car payment"

Gary S., TN (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE AM/FM STOPPED WORKING INTERMITTENTLY AFTER 1 MONTH. THE DEALER REPLACED THE AMPLIFIER WHICH I THOUGHT WAS IRRELEVANT SINCE I STILL RECEIVED SIRIUS. ONE MONTH LATER THE AM/FM QUIT INTERMITTENTLY AGAIN. I RETURNED TO THE DEALER WHO KEPT THE CAR FOR ONE MONTH & THEY DID NOTHING BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T REPLICATE THE PROBLEM. I PICKED UP THE CARE LAST WEEK FULLY DISGUSTED AFTER DEALING WITH THE DEALER & SUBARU OF AMERICA WITH NO RESOLUTION. SCHLOSSMANN SUBARU & SUBARU OF AMERICA PROVIDED ME NOT WITH POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE BUT NO CUSTOMER SERVICE!"

Anonymous, WI (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"When starting the vehicle. The system looks for system updates thru the WIFI connection. ( I am an Xfinity user, hotspots all around). It will present a tile stating 'Software Updates Unsuccessful'. I never says that if they were completed or not available. Its really confusing. Is the system up to date? Did the installation work or not. I talked to my dealer and they can't offer any remedy. They want me to bring it in for a service call I might have to pay for. My only drawback with Subaru is there service policies and how they pressure you up front for service plans."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Subaru fixed the previous problem with a second software fix after a first fix did not work"

Anonymous, VA (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incorrect speed limit shown on displayes"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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

"Distortion in driver side glads"

Joel B., OH (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The lift gate auto close feature malfunctioned and the lift gate could not be closed either automatically or manually. This has just happened, but we fully expect our dealer will fix this problem under warranty."

Doug F., MN (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatchback would not open. Took to dealer but they could not fix. It still doesn't work properly. Won't open from inside remote switch."

William J., TN (2019 Subaru Outback)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Power tailgate would not operate at all. Dealer had to reprogram the module."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Passenger automatic window closes then opens 1/3. Tried reset per owners manual....did not fix. Will bring to dealer."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within a month, both the front windshield cracked and the passenger side window cracked. We assume it was due to a windstorm, or something similar, however, of the other vehicles we have had, the windows lasted MUCH longer before experiencing a crack."

Bill M., NV (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side power window would not close completely; rises part way and then reverses direction. It sometimes takes 5-6 tries to close the window."

G S., IL (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak in the dashboard on the drivers side of the vehicle"

John S., OH (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoying rattle behind the dash. On the third trip to the dealer they completely removed the entire dashboard and reinstalled it. This process did resolve the problem rattle but took 5 days and the car spent ten days total time in the shop over the three visits. I was provided a loaner car while my car was in the shop."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind noise at high speeds"

Anonymous, CO (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 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

"The rear window seal was initially deformed. It was replaced. A few weeks later, the seal adhesive was failing at the right edge. It was replaced a second time, but it is not at tight seal as it should be. The Service Manager told me that is the way it is."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is starting to peel drivers side rear quarter panel at bottom right above the black plastic molding with less than 5000 miles. Subaru does not paint the whole panel and stops just above the plastic molding. Poor design as leaves a lip for paint to peel."

Craig T., MO (2019 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

Body control module

"Door locks on driver side would not operate correctly."

Donald D., VA (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The keyless entry system is not user friendly. it sometimes works and other times i have to put my hand on the car door 4 times before it unlocks the car door"

Suzanne T., SK (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I find that I don't care to have a car take over control when I am driving. I was not aware that it would do this when I bought it and don't think I would have bought it if I had been."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 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

"The car is equipped with LANE ADJUSTMENT and I find the adjustment too severe. It is so intense that it startles me. Other non-Subaru owners have driven my car and have the same complaint about this feature."

Anonymous, PA (2019 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

4WD/AWD components

"Pulling into a parking space on wet pavement, steering wheel turned all the way counter clockwise, there was a loud, sharp, banging noise coming from the right front wheel area. It seemed that the wheel intermittently slipped on the wet pavement causing the all wheel drive system to get out of sync. Have noticed something similar, although milder, occurring when making sharp turns at low speeds - such as parking."

James B., MO (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring 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

"Engine gasket developed a small leak."

Paris A., MI (2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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.

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Apr 16 2020
If the low pressure fuel pump fails, the engine may stall without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Impreza, Outback, Legacy, and Ascent vehicles. The low pressure fuel pump may become inoperative.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the low pressure fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began June 4, 2020. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRD-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V218000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188207
STRUCTURE
Jun 26 2019
In the event of a crash, the reduced strength of the vehicle body may increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Legacy and Outback vehicles. Spot welds located on the duct below the cowl panel may have been improperly applied, impacting the vehicle's body strength.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and repair or repurchase the vehicle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 26, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUH-93.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V493000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2107
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