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Subaru Outback MPG

MPG Number of Vehicles
15 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
16 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
17 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
18 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
19 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
20 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
21 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
22 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
23 miles per gallon 6 vehicles
24 miles per gallon 7 vehicles
25 miles per gallon 14 vehicles
26 miles per gallon 24 vehicles
27 miles per gallon 28 vehicles
28 miles per gallon 36 vehicles
29 miles per gallon 45 vehicles
30 miles per gallon 28 vehicles
31 miles per gallon 17 vehicles
32 miles per gallon 9 vehicles
33 miles per gallon 8 vehicles
34 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
35 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
36 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2012 2012 4dr Wagon 165-hp 2.5L H4 4-sp automatic AWD 28.38
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With the 173-horsepower 2.5L H4 engine, 6-speed shiftable CVT transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2012 Subaru Outback has been averaging 28.38 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Subaru Outbacks in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 61 miles per hour (about 68.9 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (3.6 percent), in heavy traffic (1.3 percent), and in the suburbs (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2012 Subaru Outback in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
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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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the 2012 Subaru Outback

2012 Subaru Outback Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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 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
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 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 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
2012 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
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
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
 

2012 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.