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Old 11-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Questions for new Outback Owners

I am going to be getting rid of my SUV & am trying to figure out what to get. I am considering a new generation Outback, but have a few questions.

The CVT is rated at better mileage both City & Highway than the manual. Does the CVT allow you to Engine Off Coast? If moderately hypermiled what milage are you getting out of the different transmissions.

I have heard the transmission ratios in the manual are a little tall. What are the ratios like in the CVT. I go camping with my son's Scout troop quite often. We end up in some particularly hilly spots (for OH & PA anyway) & may occasionally pull a small trailer loaded with gear.

How hard is it to find a decent All Terrain tire or Off Road tires?


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Old 11-22-2011, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The CVT or any Subaru Auto can't be engine off coasted. The center differential (clutch pack) relies on it running to keep it cool, and it will burn up in a very short time (My AT Warning light comes on after only a few feet.)

The manual is getting slightly better numbers because it can EOC while hypermiling. Here is a page showing what most people are reporting: 2010 Gas Mileage - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums

As far as tires, honestly you'll be fine with the stock tires as long as it's not 2 feet of snow on top of 3 feet of mud. My LRR tires have gotten me in plenty silly places.

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