Yeah, it's unfortunate nobody sells ethanol-free regular unleaded. I'd even pay more for it.
MTBE was phased out years ago. You need to catch upFunny no one is concerned about drinking MTBE?
Phased out in favor of Ethanol!MTBE was phased out years ago. You need to catch up
:29: I agree I had a 2010 and expected an increase not a 5mpg decrease with the '13. I have around 8K on my '13 and the best mpg to date is 27.5. According to the dealer we are not alone in this situation, those who owned a '10 or '11 OB are experiencing lower MPG also.I get that OB's may increase mileage a bit over time. But from someone who had a 2010, I can tell you this: According to the car's computer, my mileage is definitely less at 3,000 miles than my 2010 was at 3000 miles. Could my 2010 computer have been "optimistic"? Yes. Might my 2013 get better over time? Yes.
As a fairly mechanical guy, my gut tells me this car really does get lower MPG's - about 10% less.
Remember, the EPA no longer tests all cars. Instead, carmakers test their own cars (conflict of interest???) on the honor system. Ford, Hyundai, and Kia are under investigation for overstating mileage. Ford (per Consumer Reports) appears to have overstated by the most: 47mpg for some models versus 30 something in the real world. In at least one case, consumers are being reimbursed for higher costs.
I say this: Those who own the "higher gas mileage" 2013 models, especially those who had 2010 or 2011's, should continue to monitor their mileage as we build up more miles. If it is indeed worse, we should hold Subaru accountable, as did owners of the other brands listed above.
The issue with the break in period isn't so much how fast you are going but rather what the engine is doing. If you can keep the engine below 4000 RPMs and not at a steady speed for extended period of time drive as fast as you like.I like your measuring tool.
I'm also a bit restless about the fuel economy I'm getting on my 2013 Outback.
reading through I'm learning of all the variables.
I've been getting considerably lower gas milage since the weather got below 30 every day. I only have 600 miles on the car so far so the first tank was better than the second tank of gas.
Temperature I think is making the difference. Is this a factor?
I think I'll stay around 60 - 65 from now on.
No sense pushing the variable transmission in the breaking in stage.
Going over the hills here in the mountains, I feel the car slow down.
My instinct is to drive in the left lane and go about 70-75.
This clearly will use much more gas and I'm thinking will
push the car regarding this "breaking in" period I'm reading about.
Is this a good idea?
Its called winter blend fuel and colder temps yes it does reduce mileage. Your numbers seem about right for winter blend and temps changes however 50 miles on a full tank isn't a good cross section for judging mileage run the tank out and then do the math miles drive vs gallons burned ie put back into the car.My 2013 Outback 2.5 with CVT has been getting great gas mileage for the first 15K miles, averaging 28.5 mpg combined driving, 30-31 on the highway keeping below 65mph. This last time I filled up, I was down to 26 mpg for the exact same driving. I just filled up yesterday, doing the same driving and I'm at 20 mpg avg for the first 50 miles based on the onboard calculator. Usually this is accurate to about 5% on previous calculations based on fillups and mileage per tank. Sounds like I have a problem, but will get through this tank and see where I am. Other than this I've been very happy with my first Subaru :29:
Not all winter blends are equal. If you consistently get poor fuel mileage, try another brand. Twice I have bought fuel on the road that gave me terrible mileage, which returned to normal at the next fillup. Crap gas does not necessarily make the car run differently, it can just give you really lousy fuel mileage.Thanks SubieSailor, I would agree with the winter blend and temps, except I purchased the car Dec last year (this time of year) and was getting the higher mileage then and its been consistant. You are right though, I'll do the math on the next couple of fillups and see where I am. Are you seeing much oil usage? I did during the breakin, but I think its gotten less. Of course its kinda hard to tell, the Subaru Dealer seems to overfill the oil when they change the oil...twice so far...