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Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback MPG

Chart is based on 631 fuel economy reports for the Subaru Forester and 1510 fuel economy reports for the Subaru Outback.

Subaru Forester MPG

Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2017 20.5 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2016 27.5 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2016 28.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2015 24.6 MPG Highway Percentage 73 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2015 30.7 MPG Highway Percentage 81 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2014 27.2 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2014 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2014 28.8 MPG Highway Percentage 77 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2013.5 28.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2013 25.4 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2013 25.8 MPG Highway Percentage 49 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2011 24.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2011 24.9 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2011 26.1 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2010 20.3 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2010 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2010 24.5 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2009 16.8 MPG Highway Percentage 71 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2009 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 31 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2009 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 41 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2009 24.1 MPG Highway Percentage 46 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2008 24.9 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2008 27.1 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2007 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2007 22.4 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2007 25.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2007 26.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2006 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2006 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2006 25.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2006 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2005 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2005 25.6 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2005 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2004 22.2 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2004 21.6 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2004 27.3 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2004 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2003 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2003 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2002 25.9 MPG Highway Percentage 18 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2002 22.9 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2001 27.3 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2001 19.4 MPG Highway Percentage 11 percent Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2000 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2017 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
hills light none 11 54 2 33 93 20.5  
2016 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat light none 37 0 9 54 70 27.5  
2016 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
hills light light 0 10 10 80 60 28.4  
2015 4dr SUV turbocharged 237hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat med none 4 4 19 73 118 24.6  
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
flat light light 3 7 9 81 80 30.7  
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat v.lt hvy 10 40 40 10 65 27.2  
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
flat light hvy 30 20 40 10 70 24.0  
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2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
flat light light 0 5 18 77 62 28.8  
2013.5 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
flat light hvy 5 5 80 10 100 28.0  
2013 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills light light 4 6 30 60 70 25.4  
2013 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 0 10 42 49 70 25.8  
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
mtns light none 0 5 45 50 60 24.5  
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 2 15 15 69 71 24.9  
2011 4dr SUV 148-horsepower 2.0L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med none 50 30 10 10 100 26.1  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 18 18 35 29 65 20.3  
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills med none 2 18 40 42 60 24.2  
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 6 23 26 44 62 24.5  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 14 14 0 71 142 16.8  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 15 35 20 31 71 20.4  
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 10 23 26 41 80 24.2  
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 8 14 33 46 68 24.1  
2008 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 0 10 70 20 55 24.9  
2008 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 29 4 1 66 68 27.1  
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 10 0 15 75 75 20.4  
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 0 0 25 75 68 22.4  
2007 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 1 36 33 30 85 25.2  
2007 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med hvy 5 33 18 45 73 26.2  
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med none 11 10 22 58 116 21.9  
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med light 15 0 20 65 110 25.3  
2006 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med none 0 0 50 50 69 25.5  
2006 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med light 6 28 21 45 68 23.7  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med hvy 0 0 0 100 70 21.0  
2005 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat lead light 5 20 33 43 81 25.6  
2005 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
hills light light 4 12 46 38 74 24.0  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 9 8 8 76 73 22.2  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 6 26 18 50 79 21.6  
2004 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills light light 2 12 21 66 69 27.3  
2004 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 9 33 23 36 60 23.7  
2003 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills med light 9 10 28 53 68 25.3  
2003 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med light 10 20 28 42 67 21.9  
2002 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills light none 2 15 65 18 64 25.9  
2002 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 5 31 19 45 59 22.9  
2001 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 2 10 22 67 68 27.3  
2001 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med hvy 4 3 82 11 59 19.4  
2000 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 10 20 0 70 60 21.0  

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Subaru Outback MPG

Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2018 30.5 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2017 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2016 26.1 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2016 23.9 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2015 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2015 26.6 MPG Highway Percentage 79 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2014 9.7 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2014 28.2 MPG Highway Percentage 78 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2013 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2013 26.2 MPG Highway Percentage 41 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2012 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2012 28.5 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2012 27.6 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2011 21.1 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2011 25.1 MPG Highway Percentage 41 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2011 25.5 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2010 35.6 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2010 22.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2010 26.6 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2010 29.7 MPG Highway Percentage 71 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2009 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2009 20.7 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2009 27.1 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2009 22.9 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2008 18.9 MPG Highway Percentage 11 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2008 26.7 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2008 25.9 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2008 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2007 19.4 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2007 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2007 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2007 30.7 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2007 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 74 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 21.2 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 24.3 MPG Highway Percentage 84 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 24.8 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2006 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 22.4 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 20.8 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 28.4 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 25.7 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2005 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2004 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2003 20.1 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2003 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2002 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2002 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2002 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2001 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2001 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2001 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2001 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Subaru Outback Subaru Outback 2000 22.6 MPG Highway Percentage 21 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2018 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat light light 2 12 23 63 93 30.5  
2017 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat med none 3 23 13 63 65 25.0  
2016 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat lead light 10 20 50 20 70 26.1  
2016 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat med light 5 8 24 63 67 23.9  
2015 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat light light 5 55 30 10 50 21.8  
2015 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat v.lt none 0 2 19 79 64 26.6  
2014 4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat lead none 0 10 20 70 80 9.7  
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2014 4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
hills med hvy 1 17 3 78 69 28.2  
2013 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills v.lt none 5 11 8 76 70 24.7  
2013 4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat light none 3 20 36 41 64 26.2  
2012 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills lead light 15 8 13 65 75 21.9  
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat light none 1 3 27 69 60 28.5  
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
flat med none 0 1 30 69 70 27.6  
2011 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 4 14 31 51 92 21.1  
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
flat med hvy 5 44 10 41 65 25.1  
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
flat med none 5 11 15 69 70 25.5  
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 148hp 2.0L H4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
hills light none 5 30 25 40 100 35.6  
2010 4dr Wagon 256-horsepower 3.6L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 15 13 37 36 88 22.2  
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
hills med light 6 15 33 47 69 26.6  
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
hills light light 5 11 14 71 63 29.7  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med hvy 5 20 20 55 65 21.0  
2009 4dr Wagon 245-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 20 20 20 40 60 20.7  
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 8 8 21 63 70 27.1  
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 6 30 21 42 85 22.9  
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 11 67 11 11 70 18.9  
2008 4dr Wagon 245-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 4 27 12 58 68 26.7  
2008 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 7 19 23 50 93 25.9  
2008 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 11 27 25 37 73 23.5  
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 11 11 53 26 59 19.4  
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med none 0 6 31 63 60 24.0  
2007 4dr Wagon 245-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 7 13 29 51 120 21.4  
2007 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat v.lt light 0 0 30 70 65 30.7  
2007 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 3 12 11 74 99 25.3  
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 2 3 75 20 65 21.2  
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 5 18 57 20 70 24.2  
2006 4dr Wagon 250-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 5 18 20 58 73 20.9  
2006 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 3 8 5 84 73 24.3  
2006 4dr Wagon 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 12 22 28 37 73 24.8  
2006 4dr Sedan 250-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 11 6 32 50 65 25.3  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 5 18 20 57 67 22.0  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med light 9 11 26 54 78 22.4  
2005 4dr Wagon 250-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 2 25 32 42 110 20.8  
2005 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
hills med light 10 8 22 60 86 28.4  
2005 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 9 16 19 56 69 25.7  
2005 4dr Sedan 250-horsepower 3.0L H6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 22 22 24 32 68 18.7  
2004 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat med hvy 50 0 0 50 60 22.0  
2003 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L H6
4-speed automatic AWD
hills med light 0 60 30 10 80 20.1  
2003 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med light 13 10 33 43 67 23.0  
2002 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L H6
4-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 30 30 40 60 20.0  
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 5 20 32 43 70 20.4  
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
hills med light 6 50 18 26 73 23.6  
2001 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L H6
4-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 0 10 20 70 70 19.0  
2001 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
flat v.lt light 0 70 20 10 65 23.6  
2001 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
hills med light 0 15 37 48 60 21.0  
2001 4dr Sedan 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
hills light none 0 0 50 50 70 24.0  
2000 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
hills light light 10 10 59 21 65 22.6  

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Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback 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 Forester and Subaru Outback's where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of their real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2014 Subaru's latest engines when paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) earn much better EPA numbers than their ancestors. The 2013 Forester rated only 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. The 2014 checks in at 24/32, about as good as you'll find in a compact crossover with all-wheel-drive. The CR-V manages 22/30, the RAV-4 22/29. Only the Mazda CX-5 comes close, 25/31 or 24/30, depending on engine size (you want the larger one with the slightly lower EPA numbers). In suburban driving I observed trip computer averages of 23 to 27 once the engine was warmed up. But 15 for the first couple of miles--it was cold and snowy the week I had the car. (This big difference when the engine is warming up is typical, but something many people don't realize when comparing their winter averages with the EPA ratings.) Summer fuel economy should be better. see full Subaru Forester review
 

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

Subaru Forester Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
I drive mainly around town and average 26 overall. On a highway drive, I get around 33. My previous vehicle was a 2009 Escape V6 AWD, this is a definite improvement on fuel economy. I could rarely get 30 on the highway. Typically around 27. see full Subaru Forester review
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
The suggested/promised MPG is pretty high and, while I haven't hit those numbers on average, I can say that I'm getting better mileage than I was getting in a smaller, non-AWD, non-SUV "sporty" car with a smaller engine. The built-in value of the vehicle is top notch... For the price, I got more equipment than I would have gotten on much of the competition...! A truly great value for the bucks....! see full Subaru Forester review
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
Gas mileage is excellent for a full-time AWD car. I averaged 27 in mixe driving. see full Subaru Forester review
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
26.4 mpg isn't exactly the best ever, but for a very quick family car, it is hard to top. see full Subaru Forester review
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I've been getting higher than expected fuel economy - around 28MPG, mostly highway see full Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
fuel milage around town is averaging 24 miles to the gallon, but it is still new and not being loaded. see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I am averaging 25 mpg in a mix of in-town and highway driving see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
better than most comparable rigs hi-way mileage even around town see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am getting 27.5 mpg with 60% town driving, the rest in hilly country. Very impressed, and the car is not even broken in yet. see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Saves over 40% compared to last SUV see full Subaru Forester review
Subaru Forester Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
Fuel economy isn't as great as I'd hoped, but better than the previous vehicle I had - which was smaller, lighter and got worse mileage. see full Subaru Forester review
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
CVT AWD
Fuel econmy is OK in summer, again would be good vehicle for california. However in Canada where we get lots of cold weather fuel economy is very poor, in fact it is worse than my BMW, which has twice the horsepower and my Honda Van, what gives? Plus you are freezing inside in the winter see full Subaru Forester review
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Mileage is sub par. This Forester replaced a 2007 Ford Fusion all wheel drive. Same driving style, same route, same traffic- 2 mpg less than the V6 Fusion. see full Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Handling is so pleasant that sporty driving is quite fule consuming see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Only 20 mpg or so has been best fuel economy to date. see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Fuel consumption in 63000Km: -city: on the average(rush hours and non rush hours) around 15l/100Km -highway: around 9-10l/100Km at 130Km/h, 18-20l/100Km at 200-210 Km/h - other paved roads including mountain paved roads: around 11-12l/100Km - off-road: 14-16l/100Km see full Subaru Forester review
2006 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Fuel economy not as good as the CR-V, though the more powerful engine was the reason. see full Subaru Forester review
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Some people look at the XT's ratings and think 19-24 is horrible AND you have to buy premium gas! Not me. Don't mind it one bit. Do the math: $3 extra over regular unleaded at the pump every fill-up, 4 times a month (although I fill up less), that's $12/month. Multiply by 12 months and you're looking at $144/year! That's nothing to pay for the fun added to your driving experience! Some people pay more than that for one nice dinner out! see full Subaru Forester review
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
5-speed manual AWD
Takes a lot of fuel and also require Super. Youve got to pay to play. see full Subaru Forester review
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Fuel economy is hit or miss. I've seen anywhere from 14-20 in the city with no discernable difference in driving habits. On the highway I've seen anywhere from 19-26. Once again, with no discernable difference in driving style, speed, or weather. There is just no predictability. see full Subaru Forester review
 

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
 

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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
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
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
28MPG on an all wheel drive vehicle with 8" of ground clearance is tough to beat. Especially since I'm averaging 32 on the highway! 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 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
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
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