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I bought a 2014 XT in Vancouver. Discovered that you can bring it to the states through a great many risky loopholes or temporarily. The TPMS has to be OEM when the car was built. (Can you hear me crying?) I had to sell the Canadian XT and come down to the states and buy an XT w/TPMS. Only solution is own one prior to 2007. The 2015 isn't bad. Although I read horror stories. Hard driving and she didn't eat one drop of oil. CVT behaved as well. I'll probably have the fluids changed. She's just at 60K
 

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Some people on Reddit posted my mpg was really dogfood. I don't disagree. Fully loaded with our crap. Two adults, a dog, a roof rack and a fat suitcase on the roof. It was our undoing. 19.3 mpg is not very good.
 

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That's pretty awful economy. I think your speed was the biggest factor. We did Toronto to Vancouver and back over 3 weeks and averaged 8.8 l/100km (26.73 mpg) in the 2008 Forester (10,000 km trip). Last year, we went to the East coast and back over 2 weeks, just after getting the 2019 Forester, and got an average of 7.1 l/100km (33.13 mpg). That was a 6,100 km trip.
 

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Jeepers! 100K ~ 60mph A much more reasonable speed. As I mentioned we were pretty loaded.

But something is not adding up. I put on new rims Gramlights, wider tires 50x245x18, a stainless steel exhaust, springs (lowered about 25mm) and an anti roll bar 22mm. With nothing in the car I was getting 17.5! I'm not burning oil. I'm using high octaine (91 or 93) gas. With the car loaded I got 19.3. Something....either in calibration of gauges or....heck something else is not computing correctly.
 

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We were fully loaded too with a family of 4. Turbo and low gearing really hurts economy. I don't know what the gearing is like on your Forester but when we took the STi (which has very short gearing) to Florida, we averaged 9.8 l/100km (24 mpg) but again, I was going slowly, 65-70 mph. If I go even slower, 60-65, I usually get around 29-30 mpg. If I go 80 mph, economy drops to around 18 mpg which is about what you were getting.
 

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Yeah, once you start adding "stuff" to the roof (the basket, the suitcase) and then start pushing at 80 MPH or more, your mileage will tank. You're taking the aerodynamics of a brick and making it even worse... Then add in weight (family, luggage, and more) inside and ... well...?

Remember also that the EPA MPG ratings are usually done in a much more forgiving environment - on a set of rollers, speed usually set in the upper 40s to lower 50s for "highway", with limited slow down & speed up situations and even less simulated "hills" ...

Cross country in a real car, you've got traffic, elevation increases (and decreases) and a speed (as noted) above the 50-ish average used for the testing.
 
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