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Old 12-09-2013, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Iím in the first 1000 miles on my 2.5i, and Iím disappointed in the gas mileage. My trip showed 18 mpg on the last tank with all city driving. When I calculate it, itís coming out at just under 17 mpg. I was reading the other posts with mileage being worse in the winter, but those owners are still reporting numbers in the 20ís. I changed from driving a V6 Murano at 19 mpg, and Iím enjoying driving the OB being that it drives more like a car, but thatís wearing off now, and Iím really not driving around like a street racer in my new wagon. Anyone else experience this?
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Break in, cold temps, long warm ups, thick lubricant viscosities, road surface ice and snow, driving habits, terrain, winter blend gas etc etc. Next summer your mpg will be fine.
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Seeing much better in my 2014 2.5 outback down here in alabama. Rolled over 1000 on the odometer today.. average mpg is 26.
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Definitely give it a few thousand miles to break in before condemning it. You're driving it in the worst of bad conditions for MPG- city, winter, on winter blend fuel, not yet broken in.

Upflying called it- by summer you'll be doing much, much better.
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Here in Arkansas, temps in the 20s, sleet and ice, and so far with this tank I'm getting an indicated 19 mpg with city driving. Average over the last several thousand miles with mixed driving is 26 mpg and we could get over 30 mpg on two-lane rural flat roads before cold weather and winter gas set in. As others have said, sounds perfectly normal for winter, cold, the gas, and city driving.
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Just a few months ago I was getting 25.8mpg avg in my 2.5i manual, barely getting 22.2 now indicated on the dash and that's probably 80% highway driving, granted a lot of stop and go highway traffic but still. Not too really worried about it, my tire pressures are probably lower now that its 10 degrees out. Oh and the 19mm RSB didn't help my fuel mileage out any because I started driving a little more enthusiastically.
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Just a few months ago I was getting 25.8mpg avg in my 2.5i manual, barely getting 22.2 now indicated on the dash and that's probably 80% highway driving, granted a lot of stop and go highway traffic but still. Not too really worried about it, my tire pressures are probably lower now that its 10 degrees out. Oh and the 19mm RSB didn't help my fuel mileage out any because I started driving a little more enthusiastically.
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Thank so much for the input, I'll wait it out. You're right, in northern WI we've had bitter cold temps, ice, snow the whole gamut over the past month!
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Just be patient. MPG will improve in the summer.

I bought my 2.5 Outback last January. My first fuel fill ups showed I was getting about 21 mpg. Then this summer I have been averaging about 28 mpg. Now that winter weather has arrived here in Utah, with snow covered roads, winter grade gas, etc., I am getting about 19-20 mpg.
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It will get better. I'm at 26mpg with 2000 miles on the odometer.


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