Due to the fact that many Outback owners, especially those that frequent these forums, have a lift kit, cargo box, heavy aftermarket wheels and all terrain tires, the fuel mileage of our Subarus are going to vary widely. The conditions in which we drive our Subarus also vary a lot. Many drive in snowy mountainous areas like Colorado or British Columbia, some on unpaved forest roads. In order to compare mileage we would really need to know all accessories and tires that are on our vehicles and the regions/conditions in which we drive. Subaru's are probably the vehicle that gets the most varied use from Seniors doing grocery shopping to your hippies in their 20's going camping in the switchback with a lift kit and rooftop tent. In light of the above I don't pay attention to my gas mileage cause it will drive me bonkers.
well now that warmer times are here my combine mileage is reaching into the upper 24s on the 3.6R. that puts it squarely within 4 mpg of my 14 Legacy 2.5i that gets 28 on the same route...I would call that a win in my book