What is the best year for a used Subaru Outback?

I’m shopping around for a used car and I want to make sure I get a good one. I have my eye on a Subaru Outback at the moment. What’s the best year to buy one used?

Sarah Gray · Answered on Jan 23, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Making sure you get a quality vehicle is an important consideration! To choose a reliable and safe used Subaru Outback, you should look for models built in these years:
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2005
The Subaru Outback has a lot of model years besides those listed here that offer great options for used vehicles, but there are also a few to avoid. Based on the number of customer complaints, you should avoid picking up an Outback from these model years:
  • 2019
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
In addition to model year, there are a few more things to look for when buying a used car. Be sure to take the vehicle you’re considering for a test drive and ask for a vehicle history before signing on the dotted line. It’s also a good idea to ask for maintenance records to ensure the previous owner(s) followed a basic car maintenance schedule.
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