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I'm letting my Gen 6 rest today after putting about 1500 miles on it over the past week. Some things I liked (if this was yesterday, it would be what I was doing with my Outback Limited driving home to Atlanta):

  • Drive is really quiet once you reach speed and it's very smooth.
  • Great gas mileage with the 2.5L - Averaging 29.3 mpg over 3 tanks. The first tank was all city driving, one was all highway driving and another was mixed. Impressed with that so far.
  • Acceleration was ok with the 2.5i; actually better than I expected. Interstate entrance ramps weren't an issue. Yes, it tends to groan under acceleration, but I'll take the higher overall gas mileage over the XT.
  • The acceleration with the cruise control after moving lanes to pass a slower vehicle is great when you choose the most aggressive setting. This can't be configured in our 2017 Forester, so I really like it.
  • The whole Start/Stop issue is really a non-issue with me. Save that gasoline. One thing I hate is to be sitting at a light or in traffic with the engine running. The system does a good job of restarting the engine if, for example, the temperature rises in the cabin and the AC is on. There are a lot of inputs it uses to make the decision to stop the engine, and sometimes I couldn't guess why the engine wasn't stopping, though.
  • I really like the infotainment system - it isn't too hard to find what you need after using it a few times. It's great for the Nav, and I can see the XM radio station that's playing at the moment (really important to me, :) )
Some things I don't like:

  • Navigation is not as easy to use as Google Maps through Android Auto. I couldn't get it to do things like "Find the closest Dunkin Donuts". But I used it exclusively on our trip and it's traffic information is up to date, like Google Maps. It found and suggested alternate paths when appropriate and my copilot was checking it's accuracy on her phone with Google Maps. It does a decent job, it's just the searching that I haven't quite mastered yet.
  • There's a bug when I'm connected with Android Auto and a text message comes in; I get an error on the infotainment screen. If I disconnect the USB cable and a message comes in, it works as expected.
  • When you plug in the USB cable to your phone, by default it switches to Android Auto on the infotainment screen. If you're using the built-in Nav, this makes you have to do a couple of screen presses to get back to the Nav. I found the setting to disable switching to Android Auto after a while.
  • Driver seat and mirror settings - you can do this with the buttons on the door for two drivers or you can use the driver monitoring system to store the settings for up to 5 drivers. They aren't synchronized. Plus, if you take your time getting into the vehicle, the scan of the driver will fail and you can either manually rescan or use the buttons.
  • Driver monitor system - it's a work in progress, IMHO. It has a tendency to report false positives if you are taking a drink of coffee. Through my testing, it's looking for your head to drop or move to the right. That would set it off guaranteed. If I looked up or to the left, it didn't complain. If you were driving and nodding off, I think it would definitely catch it, or if you were trying to find a radio station or digging around in the console, too.
I'm sure I forgot some things, and if this doesn't belong here (maybe in a review thread), I'm ok with moving it.

Cheers!
Dave.
 

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I had a peek at one at the dealer today while I was waiting for my CEL to be reset...

I thought I would throw my 2 cents in...

That screen is HUGE!

The back tailgate opens much faster than my '17 OB.

The sales guy at the dealership actually knew about the ACCESS PIN feature!

There is an extra set of buttons on the inside of the rear hatch to close the hatch, as well as lock/unlock the passenger doors.

The turbo air intake needs an aftermarket option for a HOOD SCOOP!!!

The Subwoofer is on the opposite side (left). (As opposed to the right side on my '17 OB)

The rear cargo net has it's own storage bag! (Spiffy!)

Seems like there is just a smidgen more room in and around the spare tire for storage. (For the important stuff, like double bladed axes and bear mace...)
(Still not a full size spare, or room for one, without removing the storage tray)
 

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I had a peek at one at the dealer today while I was waiting for my CEL to be reset...

I thought I would throw my 2 cents in...

That screen is HUGE!

The back tailgate opens much faster than my '17 OB.

The sales guy at the dealership actually knew about the ACCESS PIN feature!

There is an extra set of buttons on the inside of the rear hatch to close the hatch, as well as lock/unlock the passenger doors.

The turbo air intake needs an aftermarket option for a HOOD SCOOP!!!

The Subwoofer is on the opposite side (left). (As opposed to the right side on my '17 OB)

The rear cargo net has it's own storage bag! (Spiffy!)

Seems like there is just a smidgen more room in and around the spare tire for storage. (For the important stuff, like double bladed axes and bear mace...)
(Still not a full size spare, or room for one, without removing the storage tray)
The 2020 has space for a full size spare without removing the tray. The Onyx XT even comes with a full size spare from the factory.
 

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The 2020 has space for a full size spare without removing the tray. The Onyx XT even comes with a full size spare from the factory.
I stand corrected then! The sales guy DID give me a weird look when I started taking the back of the car apart! 🤨
 

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I stand corrected then! The sales guy DID give me a weird look when I started taking the back of the car apart! 🤨
Apparently I am wrong. For the trims that don't come with the alloy wheel mounted spare, the top tray won't fit if you do get a full spare according to @Carl Abrams



My 2020 Touring w/2.5 came with full size spare.
Interesting, I thought only the Onyx XT comes with a full size spare with an alloy wheel.
 
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