CR’s 11 Most Reliable Midsize SUVs – Why The New Subaru Outback Is Cut
The Subaru Outback has been on Consumer Reports (by subscription) the most reliable new mid-size SUVs list for a while now, but things have changed. The 2023 Outback fails to make the most reliable new midsize SUVs in the 2-row class. Is there a problem with the newly facelifted 2023 Subaru Outback?
Earlier this year, Consumer Reports had the Outback on its list of the most reliable and fuel-efficient 2-row SUVs. CR said the Outback is reliable, fuel efficient, a winner of the best security choice, and “perfect for city commuting, commuting, and long haul.” Consumer Reports ranked the Outback number one of eleven midsize SUVs you could buy.
Consumer Reports now ranks the 2023 Outback third among twelve midsize SUVs. CR gives the 2023 Outback a score of 3/5 in predicted reliability. CR says, “We expect the 2023 Outback to have about average reliability compared to new cars.” This prediction is based on data from 2020, 2021 and 2022 models.
Consumer Reports’ most reliable update to new midsize SUVs
First place, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, scores 88 points, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is second with 86 points, and third, the 2023 Toyota Venza with 80 points. This is followed by the Lincoln Nautilus (79), Ford Edge (78), Honda Passport (76), Chevrolet Blazer (75), Lexus GX, Nissan Murano (74), Acura MDX (74) and the Toyota 4Runner (59).
The 2023 Outback has an overall score of 80 points but fails to make the updated CR list.
Why isn’t the redesigned 2023 Subaru Outback on the list?
Due to its new remodel, Consumer Reports is likely excluding Outback from its updated list. The new on-board electronics might have more issues than the outgoing model. CR says, “We include a prediction for a new or redesigned model based on its reliability history or manufacturer track record.”
The Subaru Outback track record
The Subaru Outback has had two additional recalls since our last report. The 2022 Outback was recalled in July due to poor electrical connection. In September, the 2022 models were recalled for improper mounting of the windshield.
The 2020 Subaru Outback (the first year of its redesign) had four recalls. The 2021 Subaru Outback had a recall for a CVT shifter cable nut that was not tightened properly. The drive chain may break causing loss of drive power. The fuel pump may fail (defective Denso fuel pumps). A third recall was for a backup camera that could turn off, and the fourth was for a possible loose or missing brake pedal mounting bracket bolt.
The 2023 Outback recently went on sale hiatus. Watch the video and the updated report in the link below.
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Is the 2023 Subaru Outback a reliable midsize SUV?
Our point of view
We suspect the 2023 Outback is failing to make Consumer Reports’ most reliable new midsize SUV in the 2-row class due to the redesigned 2023 models. They base the information on “predicted” reliability issues, not actual ones.
Should customers avoid the 2023 Outback?
The 2023 Subaru Outback mid-size SUV should be as reliable as before, but gets new updates with a redesigned front fascia and exterior cladding, the latest version of EyeSight safety technology and a new wide-angle mono camera on the levels Touring finish. Subaru also updated the Outback’s infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New tech upgrades could present unique issues for the 2023 Outback, but we won’t know for a year. Stay tuned.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role to all major automotive brands. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check Subaru report, where it covers all models of the Japanese manufacturer. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.
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