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Quoted for the fifth (?) time from a review of the SUBARU LEGACY.
I didn't think the Legacy version had a towing capacity?

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Some buyers will insist on going for the six-cylinder 3.6R model, but it won’t be for the extra towing capacity. The 2.5i model is rated at 2700 pounds (with a 200-pound trailer tongue weight), while the 3.6R adds another 300 pounds of capacity. On the road, the six-cylinder Outback definitely feels stronger than the 2.5i model, but it takes a few beats to get going. The 2.5-liter flat-four produces 175 hp at 5800 rpm and 174 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, with the 3.6-liter flat-six good for 256 hp at 6000 rpm and 247 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. Expect a 0-60 mph time of just over 7 seconds for the 3.6R model, and unless you really want the 3.6R-exclusive HID headlights, we’d stick with the more efficient 2.5i.
The very small, #300, increase in tow capacity for 3.6 was what was mentioned above with the same caveat, that it is such as small increment as to not be worth it. The headlight option package, not anything about the 3.6 engine itself, was the only reason to consider the 3.6.

That was pretty much the theme for all the reviews, the 2.5/CVT was an excellent package and, in the 2015 Outback/Legacy, the 3.6 advantages were not worth it. The faster acceleration was in the context of an Outback and not of any real value. Anyone suffering acceleration anxiety would not be purchasing an Outback at all. The towing increase was minuscule.

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Hid Headlights W/ auto height adjustment, HTCVT, Dual Exhausts, 256HP,

6 cylinder 3.6L engine, DOHC, with 256 horsepower. Note- the 3.6 model does not have the active grill shutter
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I didn't think the Legacy version had a towing capacity?
"Subaru doesn't recommend towing with the Legacy,
but it does this for legal reasons not functional ones."


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Hid Headlights W/ auto height adjustment, HTCVT, Dual Exhausts, 256HP,

6 cylinder 3.6L engine, DOHC, with 256 horsepower. Note- the 3.6 model does not have the active grill shutter
CVT transmission, high-torque version, with paddle shifters
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HID low beam headlight with auto height aiming
Electroluminescent gauges, blue illuminated ring- analog speedometer to 160mph, and tachometer, fuel and engine temperature with white digits and needles. Center digital speedometer and fuel economy trip computers
The only thing in that list that's of any interest to me is the HID lights.
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The only thing in that list that's of any interest to me is the HID lights.
Yeah, but you can install two huge bitchin' chrome exhaust tips and be the envy of all those lowly 2.5 owners.
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I posted this for information purposes only for @EaglexPDX to explain there are other reasons to purchase the H-6 besides 300lb towing not for any underlying reasons.
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Yeah, but you can install two huge bitchin' chrome exhaust tips and be the envy of all those lowly 2.5 owners.
I did and those chrome tips gave me an extra 30hp easy...
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I have two 13 outbacks in my household. one a 3.6r limited the other a 2.5 limited with sap both with almost 55,000 miles on them.. I will say if your going for the gas mileage the 2.5 is the way to go. Me, I tow a jon boat and other small trailers so the 3.6r has the power and get up I like, plus I love the real automatic transmission. My girlfriend just recently said she wanted to switch and drive my 3.6r for a couple weeks because she loves the power it has. She has a lead foot and constantly complains that the 2.5 just doesn't get up and go.

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