The Car Connection has seen great real-world fuel economy in the Outback as well. In a four-cylinder, CVT-equipped Outback, we saw an impressive 27 mpg overall in highway driving that included several mountain passes. Drivers in the plains will likely nudge 30 mpg.
The 2011 Subaru Outback returns exceptional fuel economy for its class, even if its ratings aren't at the top of the green scale. According to the official EPA estimates, the 2.5-liter/manual combination returns 19 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the CVT gets an exemplary 22/29 rating. The 3.6-liter engine is hit with an understandable drop in efficiency and clocks in with an EPA rating of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway.
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