Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: More than a mile high in the Rockies
Car Year: 2015
Car Model: Forester XT Touring
Jimmyboy, Welcome to the forum. I didn't get whether you have driven the vehicles you are considering. If not, drive the NA and the turbo back to back. Drive them in town, but then jump on the Interstate, harshly depress the go pedal and pass a few trucks while climbing a steep grade(I know a little tough to find on LI), etc. After the comparo, if the XT, like ours and previous ones we have owned getting 18 to 20 around town and 23 to 25 on the highway, still concerns you...Get the 2.5i.
My situation: I just turned 67, live where there are lots of steep mountain roads to one side of us and long stretches of uncrowded Interstate on the other. I have a "heavy" foot as does SWMBO. I couldn't "easily live" with the 2.5i once I really drove the XT. Paying the few hundred extra per year (premium fuel and a few MPG less) is worth it to have the hybrid of grin inducing acceleration + Subaru safety, AWD and utility.
Previously: XTs, WRXs, BMWs, Land Cruisers, etc..