Last post on Dec 15, 2008 at 12:18 PM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
What is this discussion about?
#60 of 64 Re: Question for KentucyRanger [kentuckyranger]
Oct 23, 2008 (12:03 pm)
We have the 175hp PZEV 2009 Forester, and even with an automatic we've seen 30-33mpg. It's hard to imagine an Outback would do much better.
We're averaging over 27mpg on the current tank. Even around town we get 24 or so.
That's not bad, IMHO. Forester is lighter than the Outback.
#61 of 64 Re: Question for KentucyRanger [ateixeira]
Oct 23, 2008 (1:27 pm)
Yeah, I would expect at least even-odds fuel economy on the Forester versus the Outback, at least in real-world driving. I never did better than about 27-28 in my Outbacks unless I really nursed them.
Manual or auto, I found them (Outbacks) peppy and responsive, though, with the auto, familiarity with the gas pedal makes a big difference on how it responds. "Stomping it" at intersections, for example, does not illicit an optimum response from the car.
Ranger - I am disappointed to hear that the LSD is not standard throughout the lineup any longer, it will definitely be something I check before I purchase my next Subaru.
#62 of 64 Re: Question for KentucyRanger [ateixeira]
Oct 23, 2008 (8:30 pm)
Well I'll be, the Outback is 3357lbs while the larger Forester is only 3250lbs.
I really didn't know real work Millage, I just assumed the larger Forester would get less, so much for assuming... :O)
I still would have chsen the Outback anyway because it has LSD and just looks a little more sporty to me.
Dec 15, 2008 (12:18 pm)
For those getting '09 Outbacks, and are driving in winter weather, consider ditching the stock Bridgstones for Nokian tires.
I've had many a comparison between '09 Forester and Outbacks, and found that the Outbacks had harsher ride on small, strong bumps than the Forester did, especially after the Forester got outfitted with WR or WRG2 Nokian tires.
Most likely the Outback's ride will improve, and the snow traction will vastly improve, with the Nokians.