Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Car: 2015 Forester XT Touring w/EyeSight
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Compared to our other 3 vehicles:
245+ HP 2003 Tundra TRD 4x4 4.7L V8 (13 / 14 / 16)
240HP 2003 Honda Accord EX-L 3.0L V6 (19 / 22 / 27)
190HP Chevy Astro Cargo RWD 4.3L V6 (15 / 17 / 21)
At ~6000' elevation, 2011 Outback 2.5i Limited seems very powerless. We've got ~23K miles on it now, and do like the MPG. We've take a couple 2500+ mile road-trips and it's been fine on the Interstate. Last trip, the display indicated up to 34mpg average on some sections. We manually calculated 26.8mpg overall.
We have also encountered the issue where it won't go uphill in reverse (sits at about 2K RPM and just groans). Hoping Subaru gets this resolved.
It's difficult to tell from a 5-minute test-drive with the salesguy, but I think we'd be happier with the 6-cyl.
We're probably going to trade / consolidate the 2011 Outback 2.5i and the 2003 Accord for a 2013 Outback 3.6R (18 / 20 / 25).