2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Highway fuel economy horrendou
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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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Highway fuel economy horrendous
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2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

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Ater 1000 miles I drove from CO to MO (875 miles). To my dismay I recorded an average of 22 mpg fuel economy on the highway, but the estimated fuel economy by manufacturer was estimated at 28 mpg. I calculated the mpg by averaging 4 fuel stops through Kansas where the roads are flat and straight. I'm an engineer so I looked at all the variables. My tire pressure was perfect, there was a small cross wind (no tail or head wind), I used the recommended fuel, there was no load on the car(two medium sized suitcases & no passengers), cruise control was on, speed was 75 mph, and outside temp was 40 degrees(i.e no air conditioner)

Favorite Features

The interior room is plentiful for cargo and for backseat passengers. ABS works fine in the snow.

Suggested Improvements

Improve gas mileage! Cruise control light needed on dashboard line of sight
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