Bad Gas Mileage
August 18, 2005 12:53 PM Subscribe
Why is my Outback only getting 21 MPG!
posted by retro88 to travel & transportation (24 answers total)
I recently bought a new Subaru Outback wagon that is rated for 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the Hwy. I recently took it on a road trip and was not very pleased with the mpg I was getting. Both city and interstate driving were hovering around 21 mpg. I talked with the dealer and they had two things to say. One it is a new car and it takes time to “break-in” the engine to see expected results. And two, occasionally “flooring” it to get the rpm’s up will help break in the engine and clean out built up carbon etc.
My questions are, how long do I put up with this below expected gas mileage, is there anything I/or the dealership can do about it, and is “flooring” and driving it hard occasionally good for the engine?
Side notes, the car was moderately loaded (two suitcases and camping gear for two) and I had two bikes mounted on the roof (I know this would add some drag, but didn’t think it would be a noticeable difference.)
My previous car was an 95 Subaru Legacy Brighton, I was used to getting 24/30 mpg with it. It had a similar but smaller engine