Subaru owners: Let's see your expedition rigs!

ktiemann

New member
This my question: after all the mods, what kind of real world gas mileage are people getting in Foresters and Outbacks? My old Suzuki Vitara took a big hit with lift, tires, etc... making the difference between my 4Runner and Vitara minimal. Also, any regrets for those who have moved from a very capable 4wd platform to a capable crossover?
I am pretty in line with @WhatTheZo . I have no lift, and daily driving I get about 26. If I put the basket and tire on the roof and hit the highway at 80 mph I get around 20-22.
 

Smileyshaun

Observer
No lift but squeezed 235/75r15 still maintaining 30+ on the freeway , worst tank so far was 25 due to deep snow and lots of hills . keep a eye on the weight of the tire wheel combo every extra lb you have you have to push around really effects the mpg . with my setup I'm actually 3lbs lighter than stock .
 

Dougnuts

Observer
Our 2015 3.6R has averaged 22.7mpg over 88k miles, according to our log on Fuelly.com. I think that’s great considering all of our family trips have been with the cargo box on top, or else it would probably be a few tenths higher. The small mileage penalty is worth having the 6cyl, imho.
 

MANUCHAO

Aventurero
Average 25mpg with KO2 stock size & roof box... and about 400# on the rear...including rear tire carrier...502785502803
 
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screwball48

Explorer
My 04 4Runner was recently totaled when a driver turned left into me, resulting in rolling. I am looking for a replacement, maybe another 4Runner, but leaning towards a Subaru Forester or Outback for a nice combo of capability and gas mileage. I haven’t done any heavy duty wheeling in a while, so I think another 4Runner is probably more than I need, despite loving the platform.

This my question: after all the mods, what kind of real world gas mileage are people getting in Foresters and Outbacks? My old Suzuki Vitara took a big hit with lift, tires, etc... making the difference between my 4Runner and Vitara minimal. Also, any regrets for those who have moved from a very capable 4wd platform to a capable crossover?
I know it isn’t on your vehicle list but I average between 32 & 35 mpg in a 2018 Crosstrek. The best I have seen was a stint averaging 42 one time.


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HTXKhakiXV

New member
2015 XV Crosstrek

Mostly stock for now. Looking to swap my Yakima crossbars for a FrontRunner rack and eventually add a lititle 1” lift with some chunkier tires on 16’s. I drive this thing 25mi to work every day so I plan to keep it modest. Low profile ditch lights are going on some time this week.
 

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Smileyshaun

Observer
been busy with life and not getting out much but got out to do a little exploring the other week and then a week at the coast with the family . Did find out with all our stuff and 4 people in the car i still have a small amount of rubbing in the rear over big bumps, but other then that the 235s are working fine with no lift .
https://flic.kr/p/2gMeC4Q
 

Johnston Robare

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My 2001 Outback with 170k miles was in need of fresh front axles (torn boot on each side. Starting to click on tight turns), so I gave it a little front end resto!
Pre-loaded struts, axles, ball joints, fresh diff oil, sway bar bushings and end links.
The car drives, steers, and handles so much nicer now.

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Without intending it, the front struts added 1-2" of ride height! I wasn't expecting it, so that's a guess, not an A-B measurement. Went looking at part numbers after the fact and all brands of pre-loaded struts seem to be the same between H4 and H6. So I'm guessing they just spec H6 springs for everyone?

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Now that the back end of the car looks as saggy as it feels, I'll soon be doing a similar rear resto with new struts of the same (cheapo) brand.
Just to be sure I ditch the pre-runner looks, I'll be adding these 1/2" spacers from RalliTEK as well. I too dream of bigger lift kits and Insta worthy Sooby builds, but I think I'll save that for a younger H6 Outback in the future.

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And here's my temporarily pre-runnered Soob doing what it loves in the Colorado mountains a couple days ago.

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