Hi everyone. I'm looking to get into an outback within the next year or so and my plan was to get a 3.6r touring. That being said, with the new 2020 coming out with the 2.4 turbo, I'm now conflicted.
My questions for you 3.6r's is, how do you like it? Is the highway milage on road trips decent? How about power? Towing? Throw everything you've got at me! You can read reviews about cars all day, but I want some real people's advice and opinions from real world experience.
You should try to decide sooner than later.
If you decide to get a 3.6r, you will begin to have less and less options because dealers will begin phasing them out. This might work out in your benefit if you are not picky, you will get better deals on the on the last of the 19 models when they are trying to clear their inventory for the 2020s.
If you decide to wait for the 2.4T, I hope you are patient. Whenever a new model is released, there will always be delays. Also, please be ready for glitches, recalls, etc that a new model or generation will have. Every new infotainment/radio system will have glitches and software issues.
I have only owned my 3.6r for 1 month/ 1k miles. I am averaging 23-24 mpg. I drive 50 miles roundtrip to work with highway and canyon driving. I have not towed with it yet.. We will be taking a the first mini road trip in the OB this weekend to Palm Springs (about 120 miles 1-way), I will let you know how if I notice any difference.
The power is perfect for what I need in. It is fast enough to keep up on the highway or a quick acceleration if needed. This car replaced a 2012 Impreza Sport Limited (2.0 cvt - 150hp - 26-28mpg) for my daily commuter. I am still getting used to the handling on the bigger/taller outback... I used to be able to take corners and canyon driving real aggressively in the impreza, I find myself needing to slow down more with the outback.
On paper, the 2020 2.4T looks like it should be an all around better vehicle, but I personally would wait until the 2021 to purchase 1 to let them fix all of the kinks n glitches it might have.
If you need a car sooner, I don't think you will be disappointed with a 19 3.6r..