3 Used Subarus Consumer Reports Gave the Never Buy Label

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Some vehicles aren’t worth the headache, even if you once loved such a vehicle. While Subaru generally appeases drivers and critics alike, these three SUVs were given the “never buy” label from Consumer Reports. What makes these vehicles worth avoiding? Recalls, fuel economy, and an overall lack of owner satisfaction.

Consumer Reports suggested avoiding the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Consumer Reports gave the never buy label to three Subaru vehicles | Paul Marotta/Getty Images

While the 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t even old yet, Consumer Reports is no longer recommending it. The used Subaru Ascent received one out of five for reliability and three out of five for owner satisfaction. Some of the positives noted were the comfortable ride, quiet and roomy interior cabin, and visibility in the three-row SUV.

Consumer Reports found the vehicle was not very agile, and there are five recalls for it. The first recall was for a fuel pump failing, which could cause the SUV to stall and crash. The second issue was for the fluid pressure within the powertrain. Another recall from 2019 noted that “an unexpected loss of power while driving can increase the risk of a crash.”

There was a second recall for the powertrain and a final recall for spot welds on the structure of the Ascent. The 2019 Ascent is only offered in a four-door style with a CVT paired with a 2.4L turbo engine. The 2020 and 2021 Ascent fared better.

A used Subaru Impreza from 2013 is also worth avoiding

Consumer Reports called the 2013 Subaru Impreza a green choice. CR noted that the Impreza had a comfortable ride and came with all-wheel drive standard. It also had impressive fuel economy. However, the positives end there.

The reliability and owner satisfaction both scored far below average. When it came to reliability trouble spots, every section for the engine, transmission, and drive scored far below average. Some of the 2013 Subaru Impreza recall issues included the engine, electrical system, and exterior lighting.

The engine could stall and cause a crash, while the air injection pumps might overheat and increase the likelihood of a fire. The final recall was for improperly illuminated brake lights.

The 2013 XV Crosstrek might be worth avoiding

There is a good chance the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek was not on your list of cars to check out. The Subaru Crosstrek received one out of five for reliability and two out of five for owner satisfaction. When it came down to reliability trouble spots, most of the areas scored far below average. That includes the engine, transmission, and drive system.

Consumer Reports noted that the cost of the XV Crosstrek balanced out with the included safety features. It has solid fuel economy and a comfortable cabin. CR did note that if you don’t plan on going off-road with your SUV, buyers might be happier with the Impreza Sport hatchback for less cash.

While Subaru doesn’t have too many vehicles worth avoiding, these three made the list for a reason. The good news? Subaru’s reliability and owner satisfaction seem to be improving year after year. Consumer Reports has favorable reviews from critics and drivers alike, for the most part, so skipping these particular vehicles should be simple enough.

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