Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Nazareth, Pa.
Car: '05 Outback 2.5 XT Limited, '09 Outback Sport, '13 Outback 3.6R Limited w/SAP & Brilliant Brown Pearl
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There are some things to remember with a 2.5XT.. in my case I have a 2005 with the 5 speed automatic.. I live in a area where the roads are either flat or change quickly to hilly or mountainous..
One: Wintertime is going to get you less fuel mileage due to blend..
Two: If you are just running around town quick trips don't expect much better..
Three: Warming up or just keeping it running while sitting will get you the worst..
Four: The turbo needs to be in boost..!! That means trying to maintain 2,300 rpm or better for the better fuel mileage.. Trips on cruise control at 55-65 with the rpm's running at or above 2,300 and you get an engine that is running leaner..
My XT gets 13-14 wintertime around town and in the hills.. However I get a big increase once I get on the interstate and set cruise control.. Even in the winter I can manage 25 on a trip.. Summertime I've seen better..
Also note that MT's over auto's don't always get better fuel mileage. You may think your managing the engine, but that might not be the case.. I found keeping the car in the boost range works best..
Five.. Outbacks tend to fight the wind.. Loads can affect mileage and tire pressure..
All things to think about..
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