2015 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5 Carbide Gray
which engine is the way to go?
I just bought a 2013 2.5i Limited SAP, but some of the plusses with our old car 2011 2.5i CVT, Premium were that at 32K miles the car burned not an ounce of oil ever between oil changes.As suggested above, you need to drive both and decide for yourself. You must have some idea which is more important to you, fuel economy or power.
I personally went with the 2.5, and, except for a VW Dasher I drove many years ago, this is the smallest engine I have ever had in a car. While there are a few times on the freeway that I would like a little more power to merge where I want to, I have actually been pretty pleased with my choice. The engine does seem to have a power surge when it wraps up to higher RPM's, and this helps. I'm still waiting for the engine to break in well enough for me to get the 30+ mpg that others tell me they get. But I am confident that it is on the horizon.
If you change your own motor oil, then one very big plus for the 2.5 is the oil filter placement. Make sure you note that on the 2.5 vs the 3.6. With the 2.5 you will NEVER have to fight dirty motor oil dripping down the side of the engine. You will NEVER have motor oil dripping down your hand as you remove the filter. And you will NEVER have to blindly install the new filter.
As far as oil consumption, I have never owned a car that didn't use some motor oil, so I can't relate to those who say they never top off between oil changes. To date my 2.5 isn't using any oil, but I have less than 5k miles on it. So time will tell.
You might want to give more information on how you'll use it.which engine is the way to go?