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#677 of 723 Gas mileage on Subarus
Jun 10, 2008 (7:21 pm)
Hello eveyone. I'm interesting in buying a new car and I have narrowed it down to a 2008 Subaru Tribeca or a 2008 Subaru Legacy GT. I know they are two totally different cars but I love them both but I was wondering about the gas mileage. The Tribeca takes regular gas and averages 21mpg on the highway. The Legacy GT takes premium gas (I believe) and averages 24mpg highway. Now my question is am I better off with the Tribeca or Legacy in terms of gas mileage? And I have never owned a car that uses premium fuel. Do you really need to put it because I heard of people getting away with using regular. Let me know what you guys think please. I have driven the Tribeca by the way and love the smooth ride. Have never drove the Legacy GT yet but I heard it's fun. Any thoughts? Thanks.
#678 of 723 Re: Gas mileage on Subarus [ylz]
Jun 10, 2008 (11:18 pm)
I had a normal 2.5 Outback, and now I have a 2008 Tribeca, but before buying it I drove the XT. I personally think that if you can live with under 18 mpg and need the 2nd row, the Tribeca can be a more pleasing and relaxing ride. The XT feels (is) faster and of course funnier, noting that my Tribeca usually sees 90 mph and is a hoot to drive too. I averaged 16.5 mpg on the city, and now 18.5 mpg in highways on my Tribeca.
The 2nd row in the Outback (Legacy) is adequate, just adequate for a 5'8" person. Check well.
#679 of 723 Ford, not Mercury]
Jun 10, 2008 (11:24 pm)
If you want a Ford, buy Ford and not Mercury. In 2012 is supposed to go down the toilet as a brand, so you'll get a big hit on whatever resale value you'll get. That 2009 Forester looks really compelling.
#680 of 723 2008 Subaru Legacy GT vs. 3.0??
Jun 14, 2008 (10:01 am)
Ok well I decided my next car will be a 2008 Subaru Legacy and I have a question. Do I go with with the GT Limited or 3.0? Someone told me the 3.0 was a smoother drive which is nice. But the GT has more torque which is also a bonus, plus that hood scoop just looks cool. Has anyone driven the 3.0? Impressions? Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
#681 of 723 Re: 2008 tribeca limited [robr2]
Jun 15, 2008 (2:49 pm)
Financially, it doesn't make sense.
For many buyers, it doesn't have to. It's about image, doing what they feel is right and perhaps getting other benefits like tax breaks, use of carpool lanes with only one passenger, et al. For many companies, using hybrids is about showing corporate responsibility and being do-gooders.
Paisan - I know you hate hybrids. Heck Subaru could offer one for $5K that got 90 mpg and spewed hundred dollar bills from the tailpipe and you're still bound find something wrong with it!!
That's exactly why we have an Escape Hybrid in our group, our company (an Electric Power Utility) is "going green" so all the new vehicles are supposed to be hybrids. Our group of course inspects power lines on Right of Ways, so we'll see how well the Escape does on those, or we'll just skip those inspections....
But yup that's why they forked out $30k for an Escape Hybrid to show the public that they care. Of course we just raised their rates 12% so they make out in the end.
As for me and a hybrid, I would actually consider one if it were the same price as a non hybrid and/or got some kind of crazy milage. I may look into an all-electric plug-in Electric commuter car when/if they ever arrive here.
#682 of 723 Re: 2008 Subaru Legacy GT vs. 3.0?? [ylz]
Jun 18, 2008 (8:40 am)
It really depends on whether you prefer a bigger engine or a smaller engine with a turbo.
I think I'd pick the turbo for a Legacy, it just fits the car's character more.
#683 of 723 Tribeca or CX7?? Help!!
Jul 06, 2008 (7:04 am)
Ok, now I'm REALLY torn between what car to buy. I'm buying one next month and I was set on a 2008 Sub. Tribeca 5 passenger limited-that was before I test drove two Mazda CX7's yesterday. Man, they are fun to drive! That four cylinder really moves and to top it off, this year it uses regular gas instead of premium. I have read in many forums about the CX7's load of recall problems and I'm hoping they addressed those in 2008. Ok, so here is my take. The Tribeca offers a very smooth ride, comfortable interior, that great AWD system, and Subie reliabilty. The exterior styling is nice but nothing to write home about. Now the CX7 has a really sporty looking interior, comfortable as well. The ride was a lot of fun as that turbo kicked in early and I didn't really notice any turbo lag. I wonder how the AWD version of the CX7 would handle in the snow and rain. I'm guessing pretty good but not like the Subie. I love the CX7's looks and its about 4 grand cheaper but am worried about Mazda reliablity. This next car will last me for another 7 years or so. So what do you guys think? Which one would you go for?
#684 of 723 900 miles
Jul 06, 2008 (11:30 pm)
For the long weekend, my family made their first long trip in the Tribeca, from the Twin Cities to Chicago. 926 miles in total. We were 4 adults plus my 5 year old daughter. At the end of the trip I just can say that for those long trips the Tribeca is better than the 06 Sienna (my other car). The most notorious notes were:
- 21.9 mpg on highway, mostly 65 mph
- 20.3 mpg total. showing how much the slow pace of the city affected fuel economy.
$192 in fuel. In the Twin Cities gas is $.50 cheaper than in Chicago!!!
- Great utility from the Nav and the DVD.
- The seats are just enough to withstand the 6.5 hours trip. Subaru definitely will have to work on it (preferably partnering with Volvo on that regard).
My biggest surprise came when I opened the 2 back seats (3rd row) for my daughter and an adult. She is at least 4 years away of having any concerns seating in the 3rd row, and the adult was ok for the not so short trips we took in the city. So now is when I started seeing the utility of the vehicle, what gives me some room to talk my wife in 1 or 2 years about changing the minivan for a sports car.
The other surprise came when I sat for 2 hours in the second row (3rd row folded). Space is more than enough for anyone this side of Shaquille.
#685 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [ylz]
Jul 06, 2008 (11:39 pm)
If you lease a car, you can buy anything, but when you buy a car for 7+ years you get to think that after the 3rd or 4th year some costs came into account: depreciation and maintainance. So the $4,000 at the beginning maybe are not that much at the end. But the Tribeca is much nicer. From the forums, the CX7 fuel economy goes just a notch better than the Tribeca, so, all in all, I think the Subaru is a better decision.
But, if you like the fun part, plus the reliability, try the Forester XT. Don't buy the Mazda without trying it. For sure a better price/reliability/performance index.
#686 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [ylz]
Jul 07, 2008 (11:11 am)
I like Mazdas (own a 93 Miata to this day), but the CX7 doesn't quite do it for me. It's small inside, and not really that quick, nor is it that fuel efficient.
The Tribeca is bigger and more comfy, so it's easier to justify, IMO. In fact the Tribeca competes probably more with the Mazda CX9.
If you like 'em small, what about a Forester XT? I think it's actually a tad bigger inside than the CX7, and both quicker and more fuel efficient.
We got an 09 Forester for the wife and she loves it. Not the turbo, though. From those 4 choices I think I'd go with the Forester if I wanted something small and didn't need the 3rd row.