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Hello everyone, picked up a 2018 Outback 3.6R Touring in wilderness green yesterday. Coming from a 2017 Forester XT Premium. Primary reason for the change was due to the FXT seat and it just not meshing with me. Loved everything else about it, but I do a lot of driving and it was coming to a point where I dreaded getting in the car.

Though I will miss driving a boosted car, looking forward to many happy adventure-filled miles with the Outback and the smooth H6 power delivery.
 

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Good choice & color! Welcome and congrats!
 
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3.6 you say? Welcome to the Cool Kids Club!
<img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/SubaruOutback_2014/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> It's not making me miss the FA20DIT all that much.

Congrats on your 2018 Outback 3.6R Touring and good choice on the color <img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />.
Good choice & color! Welcome and congrats!
Why thank you! <img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/SubaruOutback_2014/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Hello, I am thinking about getting a 3.6R Limited soon but I have a 2016 Forester XT and love the pep and sportyness, how do you feel in the new OB as compared to the FXT overall? I feel the FXT seats are somewhat uncomfortable and looking to the OB for a more comfortable ride but still want some pep.
 

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What price levels do you pay for the 3.6R and what is the fuel economy, insurance, annual tax?

For comparison, I would get a mid-spec 2.5 OB for €45.000, insurance ca. €1.000 and annual tax about €300. Petrol €1.50 per litre (€6 per gallon), avg. 9 l/100km x 20.000kms per year means €2.700 on petrol.

Having a Subaru is not cheap.
 

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Nice pick btw. Wilderness green would have been my choice as well, but I wasn't all that picky. I just picked up a new to me, 2016 Outback 3.6R certified in Black. Love the car, glad I went with the 3.6.
 

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I went from a 15' FXT to a 18' 3.6 Lim

I miss the utilitarian interior of the Forester. You had 3 big dials for the HVAC and the upper display, which was in the drivers line of sight to see what setting the HVAC was in. My 18' Limited 3.6 Outback, I don't use the 'auto' setting. And the temp control is the only dial. Everything else are little buttons. Not a major gripe. I find the more raked windshield of the Outback puts the rearview mirror right in my line of sight when going around right hand corners. Don't remember that being a problem with the more upright, possibly bigger windshield of the FXT. And of course do miss the turbo.
Heck since no 2019 FXT I might just have to go back to a 2018. :laugh:
 

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I miss the utilitarian interior of the Forester. You had 3 big dials for the HVAC and the upper display, which was in the drivers line of sight to see what setting the HVAC was in. My 18' Limited 3.6 Outback, I don't use the 'auto' setting. And the temp control is the only dial. Everything else are little buttons. Not a major gripe. I find the more raked windshield of the Outback puts the rearview mirror right in my line of sight when going around right hand corners. Don't remember that being a problem with the more upright, possibly bigger windshield of the FXT. And of course do miss the turbo.
Heck since no 2019 FXT I might just have to go back to a 2018. :laugh:
Yes, I miss the big dials of the XT as well and find the small fan and also find the small fan and A/C buttons on the Outback a bit annoying. I also think the XT had better metrics as well and miss the upper display. Also miss being boosted and will occasionally think to myself how cool it would be if the H6 was an H6"T" :laugh: Other things I miss about the XT is the wider sun visors. The Outback visors are ridiculously short, though understandable because of the more raked windshield. Not being very tall, the big sun visors in the XT were awesome and very functional. Wait, why did I get rid of my XT again? Oh yeah, the darn seat...:crying:
Though I miss a lot of things about the XT, I do like the 3.6r a lot as well. First, the seat is uber comfortable for those long drives. No more numb and achy butt and legs. Also, while it's not as quick as the XT, even compared to when it's in I-mode, the 3.6R cruises much nicer and just purrs along even while going 80 mph with the A/C on. Though the XT has no problem getting up to speed, it still felt like a 4-banger and I never liked cruising at 75-80 mph for long stretches, warranted or not. With the A/C on, it always felt like it was working really hard. The Outback's steering wheel is also nice and the leather feels better to the touch than my XT. Also surprisingly, and a pleasant one, the 3.6R handles much better than I expected, and I would say has less body roll than the XT, maybe because it's not as tall.
 

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Nice pick btw. Wilderness green would have been my choice as well, but I wasn't all that picky. I just picked up a new to me, 2016 Outback 3.6R certified in Black. Love the car, glad I went with the 3.6.
Congrats! I guess we're part of the cool kids crowd going with the 3.6.

What price levels do you pay for the 3.6R and what is the fuel economy, insurance, annual tax?

For comparison, I would get a mid-spec 2.5 OB for €45.000, insurance ca. €1.000 and annual tax about €300. Petrol €1.50 per litre (€6 per gallon), avg. 9 l/100km x 20.000kms per year means €2.700 on petrol.

Having a Subaru is not cheap.
Not sure about the 2.5, but for the 3.6, it can likely be negotiated for $34,000 to $37,000 depending on the Limited or Touring trim. Fuel efficiency seems to range from 20-24 miles/gal and takes regular gas (87 octane). Gas prices varies too much in the US from region to region, but its about $3.50 where I'm at. We have no annual tax, but do have car registration usually $200 and insurance will depend on an individual's driving record.
 

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HAHA yeah. I sure do love my 3.6. I have only driven 400 mile so far on it, and the average MPG right now is about 25-27 right now. Granted I don't technically live in a metro city, I am outside of it by about 35 miles, so most of my driving is highway and just around my small town.
 

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I agree about the Forester's seats. The strange thing was that I had a base model Forester as a loaner. And it had the manual cloth seats. And although the specs say they are the same, I swear that base model had more driver seat leg room. My FXT, power seat, I'd have to run it all the way back and thought it still could use another inch. The base model, I actually had to move the seat forward some to be able to reach the pedals.
If I'd kept my 15' FXT or I end up getting another one, I'll probably look into modding the driver's seat rails for another half inch or so leg room.
 
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