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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 49 Subaru Outback 2008 MPG
Dec 24, 2007 (11:02 am)
I recently purchased a Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Automatic transmission model. I do mostly city driving in upper Michigan area. I am getting 14 to 15 MPG with very careful driving in city. The dealer says I should go on a long drive and this will improve the mileage otherwise does not offer any solution. I doubt that a long drive on a highway will cure this problem after all i am not going to go daily on highway just to get better MPG. Any suggestions?
Dec 25, 2007 (12:50 pm)
subaru boxer engines tend to take some time to "loosen " up, 10K plus would not be unusual but if you really are in city traffic, you may only improve a little. I have the same car you do, getting 24mpg in Chicago suburbs, with my previous 98 2.5 DOHC Legacy I got maybe 23 in the same driving and if I were crawling around in downtown Chicago I would get high teens only.
#3 of 49 Re: mpg [cptplt]
Feb 14, 2008 (12:18 pm)
I have the same kind of car and live in cold Madison,Wi, I barely get 14 mpg. Sometimes, I can only drive less than 200 miles with a full tank. The daily drive is short(less than 3 miles one way), local drive, I have checked tire pressure is OK. I did try to take it to a long highway drive of about 140 miles, the computer gave me back 24.5 mpg on that one. I guess the short drive in really cold places like Michigan and Wisconsin plays a big role of the bad milage.
#4 of 49 Re: mpg [dth333]
Feb 14, 2008 (6:10 pm)
Yup, winter blend fuel also hurts it.
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#5 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [nukala]
Feb 14, 2008 (6:59 pm)
My wife's had the same model with LLBean equipment since last August. She's averaging about 24+ with combined highway/city. I recently bought an '08 Legacy Limited and I'm at about 21.6 combined. I've only had mine for about 1,000 miles. The long drive will make a difference. I took a trip up to Connecticut to see friends and I averaged 25.8 in the Legacy for that stretch.
#6 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [longislander1]
Feb 14, 2008 (7:23 pm)
Oh yeah subies also jump up in milage after 10k miles.
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#7 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [paisan]
Feb 15, 2008 (9:24 am)
True, my Forester didn't hit its peak efficiency until 15k miles.
#8 of 49 cold engine
Feb 17, 2008 (1:05 pm)
In the summer I can get over 30 MPG (hwy only). This past week with temp about 0F,
winter tires, very short city trips and winter gas, the mileage is as low as 17. Of all the factors, it's the cold engine that makes for the worst mileage. With winter gas and snow tires, I still get about 25 on the highway.
#9 of 49 Subaru Outback 2008 2.5i Limited MPG
Feb 21, 2008 (6:27 pm)
The computer read out says I'm getting 27.9 mpg (down from my 05' which was 28.2)... *The computer is off. When I calculate the MPG it's about 27.4. The computer read out adds a little. I have less than 1000k on the car. This is highway/city combined keeping it under 60 mph and have not had the AC on since its winter. I dont expect that to change much. Not sure why some of you get way less unless you have a lead foot. BTW I had a 05' H6.30 Sedan. When it was new best MPG was 24.6 after 25k that dropped to 22.4.... I don't think milliage gives you better MPG in fact you will get less as you drive more, This is my 5th Subaru. Anyway good luck with your MPG.
#10 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 2.5i Limited MPG [javagate]
Feb 22, 2008 (1:39 am)
I for one would be interested to see how your mileage progresses. I was beginning to think I was the only one that experienced poorer mileage the older the car got.
Did your other cars give you worse mileage with time?