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Subaru Outback, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#57 of 130 Re: 2008 OB XT MT5 [stantont]
Jan 09, 2008 (5:18 pm)
BTW, if it seems we have changed cars a lot, that is correct. I bought the Accord V6 hoping to get a successor to my 1990 Taurus SHO. Nope, the Accord was refined but boring. Then I bought the '02 Legacy L wagon used in '04 because I really needed a wagon to carry kayaks (on top) and bicycles (inside). Nice but a bit spartan, so I sold it to a friend at 103,000 miles and bought the '08 OB XT MT5.
WOW! This is the first car since the SHO that makes me smile every time I get in and turn the key. Quiet, smooth, refined, luxurious, quick. Rides so soft you expect it to wallow on turns, but it really corners pretty flat. Plus it goes like stink when you nudge the gas pedal!
27.5 mpg highway ain't too shabby, either, for a car with that much performance. Well done, Subaru!
#58 of 130 Re: 2008 OB XT MT5 [stantont]
Jan 09, 2008 (5:19 pm)
Hah, well, you have done far better than me in the last 12 months...
#59 of 130 Gas mileage
Jan 31, 2008 (3:00 pm)
I just bought a 08 SE Legacy 2.5 auto. and I am getting 23 miles to the gallon combined. I live in a rural area not a big city. It only has 2k miles on it and I am taking it easy so it will break in nicely.
#60 of 130 Re: Gas mileage [rallyfan]
Feb 05, 2008 (8:28 pm)
Just pulled 24mpg over a 1,000 mile trip including city, high speed highway, lots of idling, and some offroading. Not too shaby in my book.
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#61 of 130 1997 Outback Ltd automatic - 23 lifetime
by steve_ HOST
Apr 30, 2008 (8:23 am)
I picked up my Outback used from a friend in March, '03. It had 34,513 on the odometer when I first filled it up. My lifetime mpg today, at 67,564 miles, is 23.08.
I've had three tanks over 30 mpg, and three under 15 mpg, so I figure all of those are aberrations that cancel each other out.
I can see a slight trend for better mpg in the winter, likely because it has a black leather interior and 105°F isn't all that unusual here in Boise in high summer.
Most of those miles are interurban, and I'm a pretty relaxed driver usually, at least pulling away from the light.
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#62 of 130 2008 Legacy Sedan MPG
Jul 20, 2008 (7:14 pm)
We just picked up our 08' Legacy Sedan SE this Thurs and are thrilled with it thus far! Our first tank of gas yielded 23.7 mpg on mixed city/highway driving - most of what I would call "suburban" driving.
#63 of 130 Re: 2008 Legacy Sedan MPG [tswitz]
Jul 30, 2008 (12:20 pm)
Mileage should improve as it breaks in.
#64 of 130 Re: 2008 Legacy Sedan MPG [tswitz]
Sep 30, 2008 (3:02 am)
First fill up on my 09 Legacy SE yielded 23.5 with 50-50 city/highway mix. The trip computer registered 26.1 for the same period.
It's early and I expect improvement down the road but I'm wondering if the trip computer is generally this overly optimistic or there might be some other factor involved.
#65 of 130 Re: 2008 Legacy Sedan MPG [altimate]
Sep 30, 2008 (5:31 am)
We just bought an 09 Legacy w/std 2.5 engine. Our readout seems about .5 mpg high when I compare it to fill-ups (only a few, thus far...) which seems to be about where most posts (on various forums) that I've seen regarding this matter have been....usually between .5 and 1. Your 2.6 difference seems a little high in comparison to what I have read thus far. I bet it'll be better on fill-up #2.
#66 of 130 Re: 2008 Legacy Sedan MPG [altimate]
Sep 30, 2008 (12:30 pm)
You can't judge by the first fill-up. You don't know exactly how full the tank was when you picked up the car. Reset the trip meter and take an average of the next three fill-ups and compare to the computer. It should be fairly close, within 1 MPG.