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#6 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [xwesx]
Mar 23, 2010 (10:22 am)
Great feedback. Yes, I too am downsizing from a minivan. Tired of driving around town with in a big vehicle with poor gas mileage. Great to hear that these 4 bangers can stand a little heavy duty work when necessary.
#7 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [thor14]
Mar 23, 2010 (11:35 am)
I took a cross country trip with my 2003 Legacy wagon which I love. At times, I had 4 very large adults, loads of luggage, a Yakima 16 cu. ft. car-top carrier, and extreme weather. That little 4 banger handled it all with aplomb. Plenty of power, although no excess. A/C was frigid within a minute or two in extreme heat. Yakima car-top carrier did well and kept everything dry even when sitting under a waterfall. We were on the Schuylkill expressway with torrents of water pouring down from an overpass that were strong enough to make the car bounce up & down as we sat in traffic. You will have no trouble with the 4-cyl Outback, and I hope you enjoy your Outback and your trip(s). Load 'er up.
#8 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [thor14]
May 06, 2010 (9:08 am)
Just discovered this so I don't know if anyone is following it anymore. I am thinking of downsizing from a 6 cyl. '99 Lexus RX300 and have looked at the new Outbacks and the 4 cyl is tempting but I hear that it has a different AWD system than the other Subarus. Several folks have said it seems fine in the snow but I am interested if any of you know about this. Also how the CVT compares to a traditional transmission. I've heard good and bad.
#9 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [avery1]
May 06, 2010 (1:00 pm)
Some complain about "motor boating" in CVTs, i.e. the constant revs that stay at one pitch.
Not all CVTs are created equal, though. And not all customers feel the same way about them.
I like Nissan's, but didn't like Mitsubishi's. To be honest I have not driven Subaru's. The one in my friend's Altima was fine, it certainly wouldn't stop me from buying a car I liked.
The paddle shifters in the Subaru may resolve the issue above, any way.
#10 of 15 2010 Outback CVT
Jun 04, 2010 (12:26 pm)
I own a 2010 4-cylinder Outback and have taken 4 hour long trips on the interstate and have found it to be sufficiently powerful.
I find the paddle shifters useful when going down a slope. I recently drove a Chevy Suburban and found the outback engine to be smoother than it. I have also owned a '05 Altima (CVT) and found the Outback to be smoother than that as well.
#11 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [thor14]
Jun 12, 2011 (7:24 am)
Well, I now have the answer to my post.
For our family vacation, we spent the past week driving up and down Colorado (Great Sand Dunes and Glenwood Springs) with our fully loaded 4 cylinder 2011 Outback.
I'm happy to report, the fully loaded Outback handled the workload perfectly. Even with a full load, cruising along at 80 mph was no problem at all. Once the 4 banger gets moving, it does great. Obviously going up steep grades with the full load required a bit more work, but it was kind of fun to put it in manual and work the paddle shifters.
As others have reported, the only problem is that with such a heavy load, it is difficult to pass anyone if your on a single lane county road. But that was really never an issue. There were only a few vehicles I had to gather up speed to pass. But if you are an aggressive driver you may not be happy with the four in such situations.
Gas mileage was not great (around 20), but we had a full load going up mountains and a wind advisory coming back across Nebraska. Only problems on the trip were a cracked windshield (grrr) and the Yakima Rocketbox 15 wouldn't stay shut with the speed I was driving and the winds. So I had to stop and buy some rubber bungee cords to hold it down.
I couldn't be happier with how the Outback 4 cylinder handled the vacation. It did everything I needed it to do with safety and confidence. Its an awesome vehicle. Would highly recommend this vehicle for any family of four.
Can't wait for the next time I get to load her up and go on the next excursion.
Would post picture of the loaded Outback, but can't figure out how to attach.
#12 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [thor14]
Jun 13, 2011 (11:29 pm)
The 4 cyl capacity is excellent.
I recently drove 1000 miles in our 2010 OB w 4 banger & CVT towing 2000 lb bass boat. This included crossing two Cascade Mt passes -3,00 & 4,000 feet high. It did fine even on the passes, never felt stained, rarely exceeded 4,2000 rpms on the passes to keep it at 60+ mph.
Gas mileage wasn't great - 19.2 overall - but considering I drove 60-70 mph & had 10-30 mph cross & head winds with driving rain on about 30% of the miles + the passes, I am satisfied.
#13 of 15 Re: Outback 4 cylinder capability [204meca]
Jun 14, 2011 (10:07 am)
That's not bad, I got 17mpg in a 1998 Forester towing about 1500 lbs.
19 ain't bad at all - some trucks would yield 12mpg.
#14 of 15 Passing Cars with 4-Cylinder Outback?
Apr 28, 2012 (7:21 pm)
Will I be happy with a 4-Cylinder Outback Limited with CVT? I drive mostly on flat terrain, but like to pass people on two lane roads. I have a 4-cyl Toyota Camry that I pass with, but wish it had more power. I will mostly be driving with one passenger, without luggage.
#15 of 15 Re: Passing Cars with 4-Cylinder Outback? [cincinnati_dan]
Apr 30, 2012 (6:10 am)
To be honest, if you wish you had more power now, I doubt that will change. The CVT makes the most of the available output, but the Outback is heavier than that Camry.