Last post on Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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Subaru Forester, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Wagon
#205 of 216 2009 Forrester X Preimium
Jan 24, 2011 (7:46 am)
I have owned my Forrester since Aug 2008 and below you will see my Numbers.
Subaru Forrester X Premium 09 Automatic.
Lowest MPG 21.9 Dec 2008 and February 2010
Highest August 2009 (Highway trip) 28.3 August 2009.
Number of tanks less than 25 MPG is 66.
Number of Tanks over 25 MPG is 70.
Overall average 24.9 MPG and a cost of $0.10 per mile just in gas.
I drive 8 miles to work and live in the country (2 miles on 2 Lane road the rest is in town).
I like several other here have found that the best MPG is between 45 and 55 MPH.
I think if Subaru would ever put a 5 speed or CVT transmission that it would help the highway MPG.
Here is a link to real MPG.
#206 of 216 Re: mpg 11 forester [xwesx]
Jan 25, 2011 (2:44 am)
You're totally right - cannot find anything but blizzak's here in fairbanks. I called Kendall, but they only have blizzak's available for shipping. the cheapest blizzaks ive found so far are about $140 at sears. WS70's.
i put on some firestone winterforce on another vehicle a couple of summers ago and then when winter hit, i realized they had handled incredibly well for winter use. i was impressed. i am considering buying some for the forester since they have them in stock at TDS.
its not snow i am concerned about -- we dont get enough to sneeze at, but the ice is usually non-negotiable.
maybe i will check around with other dealers. im not too interested in ordering as i am eager
#207 of 216 Re: mpg 11 forester [rustythepuppy]
Jan 25, 2011 (10:06 am)
That's the way of it, unfortunately. I am not sure why the companies up here are not interested in providing selection, but apparently they know what is best.
I tend to decide what tire I want first, then figure out how to get it. It is probably not the best approach in terms of frustration, but I have not had buyer's remorse yet.
If I recall correctly, the Winterforce tire is also studdable. I am not a fan of studs in most conditions since they are noisy and tend to lose their effectiveness quickly, but figured I would mention that. Blizzak is a good tire in terms of grip, for sure. The WS-70 is new to the market, but I don't imagine it wears any better than the WS-60. Even so, you can probably get up to three seasons out of it reliably.
#208 of 216 Re: mpg 11 forester [xwesx]
Jan 28, 2011 (2:02 pm)
i paid 740 for blizzaks at sears. so far, so good. there's not a lot of snow here, but ice is the name of the game. not much improvement on mileage -- last reading was 16.5 mpg based on 210 miles on 12.9 gals.
#209 of 216 Re: mpg 11 forester [rustythepuppy]
Jan 28, 2011 (2:32 pm)
What is the length of your commute? If you have a short one, it will murder your mileage (especially in the winter). I haven't driven ours recently, but the last tank I recorded was about 21 (just before the cold snap this last week).
#210 of 216 2011 Forester mileage report
Feb 04, 2012 (5:00 pm)
I have had my 2011 Forester just over 14 months and so far I'm really liking it. About the only disappointment has been mileage. I'm at an average of right around 21.5 mpg. With my driving habits, I really thought it would be quite a bit better than that. I am very gentle on the gas pedal and ease up even more when it looks like traffic is going to be slowing up ahead. A lot of the miles I put on are suburban freeway, usually speeds of 45-60 mph but there certainly can be rolling slowdowns and once in a while actual stop and go stuff. On the other hand, if I jump on a fairly flat stretch of interstate with little traffic and few slowdowns, I'm really happy with the mileage. I haven't checked lately, but I think it's pretty easy to get 27 mpg or better.
My regular commute is just over 8 miles, one-way, so maybe that explains the mileage? Not getting up to optimal engine temp for most of the trip? If anyone has thoughts on that, let me know. Otherwise, I'm really happy with the Forester!
#211 of 216 Re: 2011 Forester mileage report [maybesubie1]
Feb 06, 2012 (12:38 pm)
We can break 30 on the highway once it's warmed up.
Short trips kill mileage - before it's warm especially.
#212 of 216 Re: 2011 Forester mileage report [ateixeira]
Feb 07, 2012 (8:43 pm)
Thanks. I thought that might have something to do with it.
#213 of 216 Re: Mileage gauge not working? [sylviecat]
Apr 07, 2012 (9:48 pm)
turn the ignition to the first click and hold either the - or the + on the clock for 5 seconds.
Aug 25, 2012 (6:56 pm)
I get 32-33 hand calculated highway with my 2004 xs 5 sp manual. I keep it 70 or under. It's great- I went from a 98 corolla and didn't give up much- cant imagine getting less than 30 on the highway...