Join Date: Sep 2012
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I am in a similar situation, except I tow exclusively in the mountains at very light weight (<1k pounds).
The six speed is outstanding mounted to the 2.5 w/ light loads. The paddle shifters are so, so, so nice when towing on serious grade at 8k feet. I love engine breaking w/ a flick of the wrist.
If I were to tow 2k poundsI would not want the 4 cylinder. If I were to tow more than 2k pounds I would not want an Outback.
The Tacoma is a fun truck and it looks miles cooler than an Outback according to the tactful and perfect tastes of this young man. Practically speaking, the Outback destroys the Taco for 95+% of auto consumers, myself included.
The benefits of driving a truck cannot match the pitfalls unless you need a truck. It's not 1995; don't lie to yourself and pretend the gas price differential is meh. It's not meh; do the math. If a few hundred a month doesn't mean anything to you I'd imagine you'd be shopping a different class of vehicle.
In the winter morning commute, you better be caffeinated and ready to roll come 5 AM w/ a live rear axle. The subaru drives like a dream. This matters to me. I save about 200 a month in fuel compared to my Taco-owning co-worker who has almost the exact same commute as myself.
That's nice to have.
I took my Outback elk hunting. Hit some gnarly patches in the heart of the Rockies. It was great. I probably saved 100 bucks in fuel just screwing around chasing elk over the course of 3 days compared to my f150 buddies. Just attach a cargo hauler to the back and you're good.
There isn't much an Outback can't do.