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I am thinking about purchasing an Outback. The threads say actual mileage is between 22 and 24 for older models. Can someone tell me what they are getting on the 2015 or 16.
 

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Getting 19 mpg overall on my 2014 OB 3.6R. Getting 20 mpg overall on my 2016 OB 3.6R. I'm a lead foot around town and drive 85 - 90 mph on the highway. AC compressor is always on.

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I'm just finishing up my 1k break in and through two tanks of gas and using the onboard reading, I'm getting about 17-18 around town and around 26 on the highway but in all fairness, I filled up when I was about half empty for logistical reason so my numbers might be skewed.
 

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After 12.5k miles and 18 months, getting a fairly consistent 32-33 mpg with the 2015 OB 2.5i. This is actual mileage at pump; miles divided by gallons, not computer's estimate. Driving is an even mix of town (not city) and interstate miles, all of it at high elevation and some serious mountain driving.
 

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After 12.5k miles and 18 months, getting a fairly consistent 32-33 mpg with the 2015 OB 2.5i. Driving is an even mix of town and interstate miles.
Over 57 fill ups my '15 2.5l Outback is getting about the same on summer gas. More like 29 on winter gas.
 

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Our 2011 averaged 23-25 with my wife driving it. Higher if I was driving it. :) I expect her new 2016 that we picked up this week will do slightly better. Both are Limited 2.5i models with the new one including Eyesight.
 

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I average 22 - 24 as shown in my fuelly below. I don't drive to get the best mpg either so quite pleased with the 3.6 results. Summer is better.
 

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Haven't calculated the mpg but on a recent 1000 mile trip with both outbacks, every time we gassed up, the 2014 3.6r was always about 1-2 dollars cheaper per fill than my 2000 2.5 for the same distance. ....both automatics. I suspect at approximately 70 mph, the 4 cylinder is working that much harder than the 3.6r which is loafing. And with the CVT, the newer ones must get even better mileage.
 

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49,000 miles on our 2015 2.5 premium in 18 months. My wife's commuter; not an aggressive driver; about 95% highway; west central Ohio; dead flat. Approx 27 mpg. Can get a little higher if you keep the speed down but the limit here is 70mph. Going below is not really practical.

Last month we did a trip to Florida with 3 people, a medium size dog, 4 days of luggage, hitch mounted bike rack with 3 bikes. We got 22 mpg. That's right. Twenty. Two. In 1800 miles of highway driving. Calculated both manually and on the eco monitor. I'm sure some will say the bike rack is a huge drag. Estimated total weight of bikes with rack is about 150 lbs but bikes are 90% air, right? Some decrease is expected but 22? That's a 19% decrease from the already low 27mpg and a 33% decrease from the rated 33mpg.

Overall happy with the vehicle but the mileage has been a big disappointment.
 

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2016 Outback 3.6R in flat northwest Ohio.
90% highway miles.
Driving at 55 mph.
40 PSI running winter Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 225/65R17 tires.
1998 miles on Outback.
Regular Marathon fuel.
Fuel up today averaged 27.622 mpg. (189.6 miles used 6.864 gallons)
Gaining about 1.5 miles per gallon with each fill up.
Logging on Fuelly.
 

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At 55-65 MPH the 300 miles I have driven this rig returns 22-24 MPG (with calculator). Am finding the Fool Computer displays 5-7% generous (high). Fool Computer is showing over 33 MPG for the past 25 miles around the neighborhood (under 50 MPH) since purchasing fuel.

 

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At 55-65 MPH the 300 miles I have driven this rig returns 22-24 MPG (with calculator). Am finding the Fool Computer displays 5-7% generous (high). Fool Computer is showing over 33 MPG for the past 25 miles around the neighborhood (under 50 MPH) since purchasing fuel.






Could it be that VW Diesel engineers programed the fool computer in your Outback ?
 

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2014 3.6R and getting right around 20mpg average so far (4 fill ups). Lots of hills, lots of citry traffic. when I'm beating on it hard it goes down to around 16 mpg :surprise:
 
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