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Subaru Outback MPG

MPG Number of Vehicles
12 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
13 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
14 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
15 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
16 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
17 miles per gallon 4 vehicles
18 miles per gallon 16 vehicles
19 miles per gallon 39 vehicles
20 miles per gallon 75 vehicles
21 miles per gallon 73 vehicles
22 miles per gallon 101 vehicles
23 miles per gallon 98 vehicles
24 miles per gallon 101 vehicles
25 miles per gallon 92 vehicles
26 miles per gallon 96 vehicles
27 miles per gallon 88 vehicles
28 miles per gallon 84 vehicles
29 miles per gallon 84 vehicles
30 miles per gallon 51 vehicles
31 miles per gallon 27 vehicles
32 miles per gallon 20 vehicles
33 miles per gallon 16 vehicles
34 miles per gallon 9 vehicles
35 miles per gallon 4 vehicles
36 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
37 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
38 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2016 2016 4dr Wagon 175-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp shiftable CVT AWD 23.64
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With the 175-horsepower 2.5L H4 engine, 6-speed shiftable CVT transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2016 Subaru Outback has been averaging 23.64 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2016 Subaru Outbacks in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 67 miles per hour (about 57 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (10.2 percent), in heavy traffic (7.6 percent), and in the suburbs (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2016 Subaru Outback in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
2015 2015 4dr Wagon 175-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp shiftable CVT AWD 26.63
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2015 2015 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.8
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2014 2014 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 28.21
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2013 2013 4dr Wagon 175-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp shiftable CVT AWD 26.14
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2013 2013 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 24.7
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2012 2012 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 27.93
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2012 2012 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 27.59
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2012 2012 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.89
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2011 2011 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 25.19
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2011 2011 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 25.54
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2011 2011 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.61
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2010 2010 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 26.51
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2010 2010 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 29.43
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2010 2010 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 22.2
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2010 2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-sp manual AWD 35.6
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2009 2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp manual AWD 21
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2009 2009 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 22.89
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2009 2009 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 27.15
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2009 2009 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.7
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2008 2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 18.9
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2008 2008 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 23.53
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2008 2008 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 25.87
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2008 2008 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 26.66
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2007 2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 19.56
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2007 2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp manual AWD 24
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2007 2007 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 25.31
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2007 2007 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 30.7
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2007 2007 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.4
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2006 2006 4dr Sedan 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 25.34
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2006 2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.19
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2006 2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp manual AWD 24.23
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2006 2006 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 24.47
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2006 2006 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 24.32
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2006 2006 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.94
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2005 2005 4dr Sedan 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 18.7
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2005 2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.74
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2005 2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4 5-sp manual AWD 22.38
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2005 2005 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 25.42
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2005 2005 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 28
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2005 2005 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.75
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2004 2004 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 22
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 23
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.13
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2002 2002 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 23.56
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2002 2002 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 20.37
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2002 2002 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20
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2001 2001 4dr Sedan 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 24
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2001 2001 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 21.05
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2001 2001 4dr Wagon 173-hp 2.5L H4 6-sp manual AWD 23.6
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2001 2001 4dr Wagon 250-hp 3.0L H6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 19
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2000 2000 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 22.62
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1999 1999 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 26
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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2015 Subaru has also made impressive strides recently in improving fuel economy. Through 2009 the EPA rated the Outback for 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. Though the Outback grew substantially for 2010, it also gained a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and this boosted the ratings to 22/29. A new engine for 2013 affected another increase, to 24/30. Tweaks for 2015 yielded the most recent bump, to 25/33. Nearly every gasoline-powered crossover close to the Outback in size with all-wheel drive falls short, even well short, of these ratings. The Jeep Cherokee, despite a nine-speed transmission, manages only 21/28. The only one that matches the Outback's ratings is the new Honda CR-V (with a slightly better 26/33). My entire week with the Outback was spent with the air temperature below, usually far below, freezing. With a cold start, fuel economy was about 15 mpg for the first two miles. But once the engine warmed up, it managed trip computer averages between 22 and 30 mpg in my suburban driving, and most often about 25, right on the EPA city rating. On a 70-mph highway I observed 30 mpg in one direction but 26 mpg in the other. To match the EPA highway rating in the real world you'll need to drive more slowly. Warmer temperatures should also help. see full Subaru Outback review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Consistently pretty good mileage. I generally get 30mpg mixed city and highway (more highway though) see full Subaru Outback review
2013 4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Drive approx 70% rural highway / 30% city and getting 27 MPG on first oil. Mileage is improving. see full Subaru Outback review
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Fuel economy is great, on the highway at 70mph I get in the summer around 30-33mpg, winter it drops to around 27 ( board computer after refill with a warm engine). Combined 10% city, 20% suburb and 70% highway it's a 25-28mpg with relaxed driving. Fully loaded doesn't seem do make a big impact, AC set usually around 65 in winter and 72 in summer. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
So far getting 25MPG in mixed driving which is great for an AWD vehicle in our hilly areas here. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Getting > than sticker MPG right out of the dealers lot. The CVT really rewards soft steady gas peddle. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Compared to the full size p/u I was driving it is fantastic. Getting just over 21 in mostly stop and go suburban driving. Figure it will get better with age. Only had a couple tanks of gas so far. Only one measured. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Uses Regular Gas and Gets around 19 MPG in City see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I consistently get 29 to 30 mpg. see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Highway mileage with CVT. see full Subaru Outback review
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Right now I am getting about 27mpg, which is just about the same as my VW 1.8t engine was getting when I traded it in. see full Subaru Outback review
Subaru Outback Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have a lead foot. I guess for the power it has 20 mpg avg isn't bad, but not great. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I would like to see mpg much higher than 22/29. see full Subaru Outback review
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
The 2013 is supposed to get a few more MPG's in the city and highway. Not really a big deal, but every bit helps. For a large vehicle with AWD, the Outback is unbeatable in MPG. see full Subaru Outback review
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
AWD definately cost you a few on gas mileage so FWD vehicles worth more of a look if you live in warm climate or only rarely off pavement see full Subaru Outback review
2007 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
All wheel drive is nice on certain occasions, but I've been disappointed in the fuel economy of this car. see full Subaru Outback review
2007 4dr Wagon 245-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Six cylinders matched to full-time AWD makes for a thristy ride. Ability to shut off AWD in certain aspects would be beneficial in some circumstances. The turbocharger requires extra maintenance and premium gas. The I4 is the way to go. see full Subaru Outback review
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
With gas at almost $4/gal, and driving lots of miles, long distance, I would love to get better than 26 MPG on the highway. I am going to slow down though, and I still do love the turbo. see full Subaru Outback review
2003 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L H6
4-speed automatic AWD
For a car this size, they should be able to get better mileage see full Subaru Outback review
2003 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Would prefer getting over 30 mpg. see full Subaru Outback review
2000 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Fuel economy is as expected, not great. It's a heavy car with an old engine and AWD. Short trips in the city, and it's fairly horrible. On the highway, it's particularly sensitive to speed, as the car is not very aerodynamic. I got as bad as 16 l/100 Km in the city, and as low as 8.8 l/100 Km on long trips. I believe the advertised 8.5 highway is possible if the trip is highway only. see full Subaru Outback review
 

Subaru Outback Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Subaru Outback's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.