2018 Subaru Outback - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Common problems of the 2018 Subaru Outback

196 problems have been reported for the 2018 Subaru Outback.
The following chart shows the 16 most common problems for 2018 Subaru Outback.
The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system
with 40 problems.
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's visibility
(31 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2018 Subaru Outback

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 2018 Subaru Outback in the United States are 185,654 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Subaru Outback owners in the last 1 years is 196, and the age of the vehicle is 1, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service
years since the debut of the 2018 Subaru Outback in 2018.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year

Number of Problems

2019

61

2018

12

Compare the 2018 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 2018 Subaru Outback
with the Subaru Outback from other model years.
Note that the number of problems reported for the 2018 Outback is 196
while the average number of problems reported for the 24 model years of the Subaru Outback is 208.

Table 3. Compare the 2018 Subaru Outback with other model years