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Subaru Forester MPG-Real World Numbers

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  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    While mine is an '04, I average 21mpg overall with only about 8k miles per year. Short trips, but I do try to make my 1.5 mile commute longer by taking the long way to work and allowing the motor to warm up properly. Lowest MPG comes in Dec/Jan during the real cold spells, 17mpg a couple times. Highest during the summer on the highway in Chicago, 27mpg.

    Shifts on the MT are most always at 3k or so rpm

    For reference, the same work commute and other driving conditions in my '00 Outback yielded 22mpg overall.

    -Brian
  • Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I ended up going with a 2006 XS Premium Package. Nice year-end incentives on the '06. The various MPG comments told me that the XT is basically the same MPG as the Grand Cherokee I'm trading in ... yet even the Cherokee only requires 87 octane.

    So, hopefully the 173 horses under the hood of my XS will suffice for merging onto the highways around Boston!

    Thanks again for the various comments!
    Much appreciated.
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Congratulations! :)

    Do you mean you bought the 2.5 X? I don't know what the XS designation means..... :(
  • 2.5x Premium Package. My mistake. Just picked it up 2 hours ago. Can't wait to see how the pickup does tomorrow morning merging onto the highway.

    Family just loves the huge moonroof ... I'm a weather nut ... love the WB (weather band) on the radio. Agggh it's the little pleasures in life that get us by. :-)

    Regards,
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Like with most 4 cylinder cars, you do have to put your foot down hard, but it does respond.

    Enjoy it and keep us posted! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah but the Cherokee isn't nearly as quick and it might break down a few times during that trip. ;)

    -juice
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    8K miles per year...

    Sheesh, you won't wear that puppy out until about the middle of the century...
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Yeah, when the lease is done in '08 on it, the next owner is going to get one well kept and cherry XT.

    -Brian
  • In case anyone is interested, here is what I got for my Subaru over a four-month period. The high mileage numbers were mostly highway and the low ones mostly city. Overall, pretty good mileage.

    Date.............Miles.....Gallons.....MPG....Cumulative MPG
    5/15/2006......335.7....13.522......24.8
    5/27/2006......268.4....11.954......22.5......23.7
    6/17/2006......235.4....10.984......21.4......23.0
    6/19/2006......274.3.....9.270......29.6......24.4
    6/21/2006......318.2....10.688......29.8......25.4
    6/30/2006......273.3....12.210......22.4......24.8
    7/14/2006......330.9....13.817......23.9......24.7
    7/16/2006......337.1....12.488......27.0......25.0
    7/18/2006......299.8....11.662......25.7......25.1
    7/18/2006......221.1.....7.571......29.2......25.4
    7/18/2006......282.6.....8.656......32.6......25.9
    7/20/2006......178.1.....8.394......21.2......25.6
    7/21/2006......174.2.....4.883......35.7......25.9
    7/21/2006......234.5.....8.479......27.7......26.0
    7/21/2006......168.0.....7.449......22.6......25.9
    7/21/2006......247.8....10.105......24.5......25.8
    8/9/2006........368.7....11.794......31.3......26.1
    8/9/2006........264.8.....9.893......26.8......26.2
    8/10/2006......334.5....11.500......29.1......26.4
    8/10/2006......402.9....12.979......31.0......26.6
    8/11/2006......307.8....10.326......29.8......26.8
    8/11/2006......187.0.....5.681......32.9......27.0
    8/13/2006......342.4....10.546......32.5......27.2
    8/13/2006......287.3.....9.832......29.2......27.3
    8/17/2006......204.2.....8.365......24.4......27.2
    8/18/2006......289.2.....9.820......29.5......27.4
    8/21/2006......233.3.....8.516......27.4......27.4
    9/17/2006......253.0....11.226......22.5......27.2
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Good records! Thanks for sharing your real-life experience with mileage. It mirrors my own with a 2006 Forester..... :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have a similar chart...here's part of it ('98 Subaru Forester, 5MT):

    13-Jan 248.4 10.075 24.65508685
    19-Mar 330.4 14.136 23.3729485
    27-Mar 229.1 9.214 24.86433688
    10-Apr 334.9 13.389 25.01307043
    6-May 323 12.744 25.34526051
    8-May 217.6 8.299 26.22002651
    20-May 207.8 8.657 24.00369643
    20-May 282.2 9.999 28.22282228
    30-May 270.2 10.161 26.59187088
    31-May 280.2 10.1 27.74257426
    12-Jun 316.4 12.688 24.9369483
    19-Jun 375.2 13.607 27.57404277
    26-Jun 293.8 10.96 26.80656934
    10-Jul 330.1 13.32 24.78228228
    18-Jul 331.1 13.878 23.8579046
    22-Jul 244.8 9.584 25.54257095
    29-Jul 354.7 14.043 25.25813573

    average: 25.07290953

    -juice
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    Interesting,

    I have three 3K mile trips towing a 1900 lb pop up camper. I'll put some stuff together.

    But I have consistently averaged just over 21 mpg for those trips including side trips sans trailer. I have been very pleasantly surprised.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I tow as well, and got something like 17.3 mpg last time. Fuel efficiency really tanks.

    But then again, paisan told me he used to get 10mpg towing with his Trooper (heavier load, to be fair).

    -juice
  • Hi, We just purchased a 2003 Forester XS with 26K. After running four tanks of fuel through it we are averaging 21/22mpg. This is at least 80-90% highway driving (65-70mph). All filters are new and fluids freshly changed at the dealer. I contacted the dealer and was told this is due to cold weather and fuel that is a "winter Blend". We live in Kansas City and have been averaging 50degree days. Does this seem normal to anyone else?

    What kind of fuel economy are other members seeing out of the Forrester XS? Model Year? % city/highway?

    Is this "Winter Blend" gasolene for real? More alcohol content during certain months?

    I just want to know if I should settle for this or keep pushing the dealer to do something about it. We have owned the vehicle for three weeks today.

    Thanks Everyone!
    - Patrick
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    With the winter-blend of 10% ethenol, you will see a decrease in fuel economy by as much at 10%. 21-22 isn't bad for mixed driving.

    -mike

    PS: Your milage will increase steadily up to 10k miles which is when a Subaru is broken in fully.
  • Paisan: Thank you for the input. I will keep close tabs on the numbers and post updates to the thread. Do you have any knowledge or thoughts on when the "Winter Blend" fuel is typically replaced for spring with the non-ethenol enriched type?

    Also, you mentioned a break-in period, this is actually a used 2003. It was purchased with 26,000 miles and now has 28,000. My economy observations are for this mileage range over the past three weeks. Mainly Kansas City with one trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma as far as driving conditions.

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

    - Patrick
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Well you might try re-setting the computer and give it about 1k miles to re-learn your driving style, that can improve the milage as well (disconnect the (-) battery terminal and hit the brake pedal a dozen times.

    As for winter blend of 10% ethenol, depends on your area there should be a sticker on the pumps denoting the 10%, here in NY/NJ we have "winter" blend year round.

    -mike
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    I have had my '03 XS since new, now with 61k. My average tank is 27.5 mpg with 70% hwy, 30% city.

    Best tank was 31 mpg, all highway.

    Two keys--this is an MT, and keep the tires uniformly inflated between 32 and 35 psi. With an AT, lower tire pressures, and high city driving it will only get you what you are seeing.

    John
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    03 XS, stick, average 22-23 70% city driving. Goes up ~ 2 mpg in warmer weather. I have not done many long highway trips, but have gotten 27-29. I generally drive with a pretty light foot, tires at 32-35 psi
  • This is the first year that 10% ethanol blend is used in NJ. The mileage on my 04 FXT MT has never been worse. My winter average used to be 21+, it has now dropped to the 19.5-20.5 range. I never got below 20 until now.

    I normally attribute winter conditions to a 5% MPG drop compared to summer driving. This year, it's 10% - 5% due to colder temps, and another 5% due to ethanol. This makes sense as ethanol makes up 10% by volume and has slightly over 1/2 the energy content of gasoline.

    The governement has found yet another way to screw the consumer - our taxes are paying for ethanol subsidies AND we pay more at the pump due to lower MPG.

    Life is grand... :sick:
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