2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Highway fuel economy horrendou

2003 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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Highway fuel economy horrendous
By MAG1 on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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)

Best Features

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

Worst Features

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