Last post on Aug 18, 2008 at 6:25 PM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#18 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [julecat]
May 06, 2008 (7:16 pm)
I am noticing a slight improvement in the MPG at 16.5 but this is still woefully low. I beleive the manufacturer should be more honest and give a more real world MPG . I basically chose this vehicle over a toyota highlander or honda pilot as this had better MPG advertised. There is no doubt that in snow this is a great vehicle but i feel the interior is cramped and there is no space to store things. These issues i could have overlooked but when added to a low milaege, I have to agree with you it is really disappointing. Hopefully thing will improve after 10K.
#19 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [nukala]
May 06, 2008 (8:16 pm)
After reading this thread I did a little experiement on my last tank of gas.
I drove it in a more sane manner than I normally drive (being a race car driver I tend to be a bit hard on the pedals) and was able to get 25mpg in mixed city/highway with my 05 Legacy GT Turbo w/5MT wagon. I am also running 235 width tires v. 215s which are stock and these are also heavy heavy tires and rims. With stockers im sure I'd get at least 2mpg higher.
#20 of 49 Re: Subaru Outback 2008 MPG [nukala]
May 07, 2008 (9:47 am)
Look no further than the post prior to yours. YMMV, as they say. 16.5 to 30+.
May 11, 2008 (2:29 pm)
my 2.5i ltd gets 25mpg (calculated, it displays 26) on mixed driving, if I go into downtown Chicago and crawl in the traffic its more like 20. haven't really taken out on a long distance freeway drive yet but for the 41 mile one way drive into the Loop on the tollway and back if there is no traffic I can get even higher than 25.
#22 of 49 Hardly woth the change
May 17, 2008 (12:56 pm)
I wanted to buy an Outback but after reading all this discussion of mileage in the mid teens decided against it. They need another gear, it revs too high at 70 mph.
My 04 Dodge Cummins 4WD gets right at 19.7 mpg on my 28 mile commute of mixed rural and freeway driving rain or shine stop and go or not.
The change just doesn't make sense even with diesel as high as it is.
#23 of 49 2001 Outback Limited 2.5L H4
Jun 05, 2008 (6:09 am)
I've been driving my dad's Subie Outback just to test the waters on it. I have a 130 mile roundtrip commute that is 98% interstate. This week, driving it pretty conservatively (no more than 70 MPH, easy on the steep grades). I got an average of just under 28 MPG. This thing has 125k on it. So as folks say, I guess it depends on a variety of factors, but I have a feeling driving habits play the largest part in MPGs. It's no fun having a light foot, but the times are a'changin'.... and we have to do what we can to make due.
#24 of 49 Re: 2001 Outback Limited 2.5L H4 [musicmanmu]
Jun 05, 2008 (3:55 pm)
Just did a 100 mile drive back from Pocono Raceway at >80mph and yieled 26mpg on my LGT 5MT.
#25 of 49 2007 2.5 base automatic, 34 mpg.
Jun 05, 2008 (4:47 pm)
This is my wife's car. She averages 21 mpg on day to day drive to work 7mile one way mixed city highway. I drove it from my work place 35 miles one way and got 34 mpg. I made a conscius effort to keep it in fourth gear at all times even at speeds below 40 mph.
Subarus are among the most fuel efficient AWD in the market. Much more fuel efficient than CRv's, RAV4, Rogue. The outback is even more silent and relaxed on the highway despite the short gearing. 2450 rpm at 60 mph seems steep but that is the most efficient rpm for a gas engine.
#26 of 49 Re: 2007 2.5 base automatic, 34 mpg. [peralta]
Jun 10, 2008 (7:13 am)
With a 7 mile commute one of the issues is that the engine isn't really operating at full temp for long, so she would do far better if her commute were longer.
It takes about 2 miles are so just for the engine to warm up and reach peak efficiency.
#27 of 49 Re: 2001 Outback Limited 2.5L H4 [paisan]
Jun 10, 2008 (6:46 pm)
I have the same 2001 with 120k miles. I just recently had the complete 120k service and have been overly faithful with the recommended services. I just recently got about 21/22 mpg in mixed city/backroad driving. NH does not really have big cities I usually run about 26/27 on with highway driving. Not too bad for a 7 year old car I would think.