Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: East Bay Area, CA
Car: 2017 Outback 2.5i Limited, EyeSight & Nav.
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Still getting bad mileage on my '12 2.5i Premium
So I have about 1,200 miles on the car, posted a little while ago about my disappointing gas mileage, others suggested that I needed to break in the motor a while longer, others suggested switching to 87 octane instead of 89 (i used 89 octane in my '06 Forester 2.5X for 6 years before trading it in and would get 24-26mpg and drive it like it was stolen.) I also changed my driving style to be more conscious of my right foot on the gas pedal.
I let the low fuel light come on, filled it up with 87 octane, and believe it or not, regardless of how I drive, I am still getting 21.7-22 mpg from the onboard mileage calculator, and verified by hand calculating. I know others will say give it more time to break in, but I have read about others getting much better mileage from day 1.
FWIW, I drive about a 60/40 split between freeway and around town, commuting 35 miles each way to work three days a week, the other days driving to the gym, surfing, running errands, etc. I usually drive 70-75 on the freeway. I am starting to think the 3.6i would be a better option if I am going to continue to get such crap mileage. The engine wouldn't be working as hard and may be more efficient for my driving style perhaps? It sucks because aside from the mileage, I am happy with the car.