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Glad to finally be a part of the Subaru family. Big car guy (hence, the name) and know them like the back of my hand. Recently purchased a 2019 Crystal White 3.6R Limited back with 170miles on the dash in Feb, and haven't looked back since. Coming from a history of "sports cars" (see pics), this is my attempt at practicality and fuel economy. However, I was pleased to learn that what I gained in sufficient ground clearance (lol), I didn't have to lose ALL the driving excitment I'm used to from my past.

Here's some pics I've got since then. Once I finish schooling, I have big plans, but budget will be tight until then.


Also have quite a bit of technical questions that I have not seen the answers to lurking, but will post them later.

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Congrats and enjoy your 2019 OB Limited 3.6R.

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Welcome!

The terms "practicality and fuel economy" and "3.6R" don't often go together, but it all depends on what your point of reference is. But enjoy!
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The terms "practicality and fuel economy" and "3.6R" don't often go together, but it all depends on what your point of reference is. But enjoy!
Coming from a 3.7 VQHR G37S with high-flow cats, getting about 16 miles to the gallon (city) on premium, it really is all about perspective
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Congratulations! I'm sure you will enjoy your new Outback.
And it's performance/economy are all based on one's point of reference. My WRX has gotten better fuel economy (so far) than my Outback XT.
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Coming from a 3.7 VQHR G37S with high-flow cats, getting about 16 miles to the gallon (city) on premium, it really is all about perspective<img src="https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/SubaruOutback_2014/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
As another former G owner to Ouback 3.6 owner, yeah I definitely get this perspective.

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Good choice on OB 3.6R, congrats and enjoy the ride.

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I went from 2005 OB 2.5i that got about 21 mpg to a 2011 Jeep Liberty that got about 17 mpg and now back to a 2019 OB 2.5i Limited that gets 28 mpg average. So, yes, it's all about perspective.

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^Believe it or not, that GLi up there got 30mpg on the highway driving conservatively.

I went with the bigger engine to offset the CVT - I really dislike them. Coming from manual transmission cars and an automatic-with-paddles 7-speed in the G (which was still too many gears for me), I don't understand how the CVT works. However, I've learned to use the paddle shifters to pull out in front of cars if necessary, which has helped significantly.

I am hopeful that a few performance upgrades can help with the mid-range torque and HP (one of my questions), so maybe someone can shed some light on that topic.

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Best bang for your buck is to do the 19mm rear sway bar upgrade. Easy to do yourself. Makes it corner nice and flat. About $100. Find the posting on it. I have a 2018 Limited 3.6R and am really happy with that choice. Smoothest engine I've ever owned. CVS is actually a good choice for the engine.

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