Shopping for a Used Outback and Stuck Between 2012 and 2014

Asked by GuruV3FJ7 Sep 21, 2018 at 08:20 PM about the 2012 Subaru Outback

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

It seems that the 2012 has fewer complaints (Car Complaints website), and a better rating than the 2013, and 2014, and yet the 2013 and 2014 are newer vehicles, have a different engine, transmission, shocks, and strut bar, feeling more "stable", gripping the ground better than a 2012. The 2013 seem to have many reports of excessive oil consumption, and the 2013 and 2014 have a list of other strange reports, like problems breaking. I've also read that the 2012, mid year, is comparable to 2013 safety wise, so if getting a 2012 I thought I'd check out the month it was made. Getting a 2012, it seems like I will be replacing the timing belt and other parts in that area, because it will be 7 years old by then, even though I'm looking at cars under 100k miles. That will not be fun, so the cost I save now buying the 2012 I may be spending by next year on replacement parts. So, my two biggest concerns are safety and replacement part cost, and not wanting to buy a lemon (which the website I mentioned above called the 2013 and 2014 "cluckers". Thank you for your help! I'm hoping some experienced owners will help me know what to/not to worry about!

3 Answers

Try to find one with an automatic transmission rather than a CVT. If I was buying one I would look for an older, low mile car.

I thought a CVT was a type of automatic transmission? When you say older, do you mean 2009 older, or 2012 vs. 2013. I'm looking for low miles, as in 50K. Thank you FOR

A CVT is a type of automatic transmission. I would get a car with an automatic transmission with gears, not a belt. I am not sure when Subaru started using the CVT in the 6 cylinder Outbacks but it might have been in 2015.

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