2015 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2015 Subaru Outback

332 problems have been reported for the 2015 Subaru Outback. The following chart shows the 18 most common problems for 2015 Subaru Outback. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's visibility with 105 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's equipment (82 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2015 Subaru Outback

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Visibility
105
  Equipment
82
  Electrical System
30
  Power Train
20
  Engine And Engine Cooling
19
  Vehicle Speed Control
14
  Structure
14
  Service Brakes
13
  Other Fuel System
10
  Air Bag
7
  Steering
4
  Wheel
4
  Seats
2
  Exterior Lighting
2
  Suspension
2
  Seat Belt
2
  Child Seat
1
  Electronic Stability Control
1

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2015 Subaru Outback in the United States are 152,711 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 4 years is 332, and the age of the vehicle is 4, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 332 / 152,711 / 4 * 1000 = 0.54.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Subaru Outback model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2015 Subaru Outback in 2015.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2019
9
  2018
42
  2017
38
  2016
43
  2015
2

small car iamge Compare the 2015 Subaru Outback with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Subaru Outback, the following table can be used to compare the 2015 Subaru Outback with the Subaru Outback from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2015 Outback is 332 while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 202.

Table 3. Compare the 2015 Subaru Outback with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Outback
28
  2018 Outback
171
  2017 Outback
142
  2016 Outback
191
  2015 Outback
332
  2014 Outback
182
  2013 Outback
234
  2012 Outback
204
  2011 Outback
552
  2010 Outback
359
  2009 Outback
112
  2008 Outback
238
  2007 Outback
138
  2006 Outback
358
  2005 Outback
311
  2004 Outback
107
  2003 Outback
115
  2002 Outback
170
  2001 Outback
202
  2000 Outback
243
  1999 Outback
150
  1998 Outback
165
  1997 Outback
94
  1996 Outback
57


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