Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Matthew asks: I have a question for you about the Subaru Outback since you reviewed a 2020 recently. I’m looking at used 2017 models and am on the fence about the 2.5 vs. 3.6 engines. I’m guessing if its within the budget, just go with the 3.6? A no brainer? Wondering what your thoughts might be.
My reply: The answer comes down to . . . it depends. The base 2.5 liter engine hasn’t got power to spare, but it’s a simpler and likely less-costly-to-maintain engine vs. the 3.6 liter six. How fast do you want to go? How much do you want to pay?
I personally prefer the 3.6 because I value the extra margin of power – and because the power it produces is produced without a turbocharger (as in the new Outback, which no longer offers a six).
That said, I’d also factor in the particulars of the particular used Outback you’re shopping. Unlike shopping for a new one, where things like mileage and condition are irrelevances – they are very relevant when it comes to a used Outback. I’d take a low-miles/excellent condition 2.5 Outback over a higher-miles, not-as-nice Outback with the six.
Of course, your mileage may vary!
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