Originally Posted by imprzya
I just filled up again, 26.7 mpg. Same commute, in the summer I was getting around 28mpg consistently, but now that temps are cooler I'm back to getting the same mileage as when I got it new. I love everything about the car except the mileage. My previous impreza, same commute, got the EPA hwy mileage of 26mpg, this car 27mpg, I was definitely expecting to at least get in the low 30s. Heck, the 06 Baja T that I had before even got around 22mpg in the winter on my commute and was rated much lower! I'm considering trading it in this summer/fall on a Forester XT, once I wait and hear what the real world mpg is one those.
It is probable that if you go for the Forester your mileage will be in the same part of the MPG range (i.e. toward to lower end and not the upper end of the range) all things being equal, because most of what puts you in the MPG range you are seeing is how you drive the car and whether it is warmed up or not when you are starting it.
The Forester will be a PZEV (not sure if you current car is) and that alone can increase cold start fuel consumption.
But looking back you wanted a Forester to begin with, so who cares if you take a hit on depreciation.
But let us know if this is not the case. Some people claim the Impreza is so underpowered that they feel the need to floor it more often, which they would not do if the car had more power.