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Subaru Outback, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#89 of 130 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE
Mar 26, 2009 (5:57 pm)
Auto trans 2.5 first tank calculated 28.3 mpg (350 mi/12.36 gals) today, with varying speeds for break-in period. Very pleased with this & I expect to do better when temp warms up & its broken in. I'm mostly all highway, rarely touch brakes & coast to stops. Same very gentle driving with previous vehicle (Silverado 5.3 extcab 4x4) got only 16mpg.
#90 of 130 Re: 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE [morin2]
Apr 03, 2009 (10:39 am)
That's pretty sweet, you beat my new Miata (smaller car, smaller engine, two wheels driven). I got 27 on my first tank, about the same on my 2nd.
28+ is sweet given the size of the vehicle. Never mind that it's AWD.
#91 of 130 Re: 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE [ateixeira]
Apr 03, 2009 (11:02 am)
I have a 2009 Legacy SE (2.5 engine) and only get 19.5 in town, according to the cars computer.
I also have a 2003 VDC Outback wagon (3.0 engine) that gets 19/26 dead on.
Kinda makes me wonder why I didn't go for the 3.0 R.
I have no complaints about the 2.5, except you can hear the engine a bit more. I just expected better mpg.
Do you reset the display after filling with gas?
#92 of 130 Re: 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE [thallberg]
Apr 03, 2009 (11:13 am)
We have a similar engine in our PZEV Forester, and my wife is getting around 25mpg. Not bad, for an automatic with AWD that size.
She does mixed driving, mostly around town. Our record is 33mpg on the highway but we usually see around 30.
I do reset the trip computer for each tank, actually that's how our Subaru is - each trip computer has it's own average.
My Sienna is different - you have to manually reset the trip computer, and it's just one average.
My Miata doesn't have one, that feature was new for 2009 and I have a 2008 model, so I just divide the miles driven by the actual gallons used.
#93 of 130 Winter mileage
Apr 04, 2009 (6:11 am)
Just removed the winter tires and have averaged just under 21 mpg since November. This is with an aggressive winter tread and winter blend gas. Not very impressive but you can't be obsessed by mpg.
#94 of 130 Re: 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE [ateixeira]
Apr 04, 2009 (6:30 pm)
You may be driving your new Miata in a bit more spirited way than I have so far driven my Outback. I had to smile when I saw your post because I had narrowed my choice to the outback and miata (my wife has a Forester and my son has my old 94 Legacy). More (any!) twisty roads on my commute and I might have gone Miata. Had I bought a Miata, I would have kept my truck for its utility. I chose to trade in the truck rather than allow it to sit mostly unused in my barn with the poor quality E10 gasoline in its tank. Nothing good happens to vehicles that sit unused. I'm very happy with the new Outback.
#95 of 130 Re: 1st tank mpg 2009 Outback SE [morin2]
Apr 13, 2009 (11:27 am)
The Miata is my 2nd car, I also have a minivan for family duties.
I love it, but it makes a terribly unpractical "only car". I could never do it if I didn't have the van.
#96 of 130 1996 Outback 2.2l, 5-speed, MPG 28.3
Jul 13, 2009 (12:14 pm)
I have a 1996 Outback wagon with the 2.2l engine, 5-speed transmission, and quickly approaching 200,000 miles. The last 21,000 miles I have averaged 28.2 MPG.
We also have a 1995 Impreza wagon with the 1.8l engine, auto trans, awd and about 185,000 miles. I don't drive it very often so the records aren't as detailed due to my wife and daughter sharing the care. Teenagers never fill the tank, lol. However, when I do drive it on long trips it averages 1-2 MPG less then the bigger Outback.
Jul 14, 2009 (6:40 pm)
So far my 09 Legacy SE PZEV 5-spd gets 24 mpg mixed city-freeway to work and 30 mpg on the last 500 mile trip (no mountains) at an average speed of 80.
Very pleased considering my lead foot.
#98 of 130 Re: 1996 Outback 2.2l, 5-speed, MPG 28.3 [bruce_brown]
Jul 29, 2009 (8:46 am)
The 2010 model with the CVT can break 30mpg highway, so kudos for continuous improvement.