I did the same. In fact, I specifically sought out an AWD turbocharged station wagon. I live in a dense urban area. A typical mix of my driving, a cross section of my gas tank usage would be is 30% short trips under 15min each way. 40% work commute driving in heavy traffic, slower speeds mostly. But in 15 miles I can be cruising 3 of those at 65 mph. 20% heavy urban grind, downtown, jambs ... many, many traffic light. 10% open road.I bought a turbo for a reason. I‘ma use and enjoy that turbo.
Thank you for the above. Unfortunately, I've tried all those things, and more, it just doesn't seem to improve for me personally. (although I did have that one recent road trip at 25 MPG, I posted about it elsewhere. That happened immediately after the CVT recall was performed, I'm not sure if the chain slip issue impacts mileage).I've never encountered a vehicle where it was so up to the driver as to what gas mileage they can get. I was getting very good gas mileage with my Ascent and was perplexed as to why others weren't, so I decided to experiment.
First, some background. My 2010 Forester didn't get great mileage so I got into the habit of driving it very gently. This improved the mileage by about 2-3 mpg and I could get about 22mpg overall with mixed driving. I live in a hilly area with urban, suburban, rural, and highway driving. I drive mostly urban and suburban, with less highway driving except for long trips. To get decent mileage, I had to drive lightly.
So when I got my Ascent, I carried over this driving method and was amazed to see I could get a steady 25-26 mpg with a much larger/heavier car and engine. Then I read here that people were complaining about lousy mileage with their Ascents. So, instead of driving it gently, I drove it much more conventionally. I was shocked to see the mileage drop like a rock, down to around 17-20 mpg. I wasn't driving it hard, just normally. I was expecting to lose a couple of mpg, but not nearly so much.
So I went back to driving it gently and the mileage went right back up to 26mpg. The bottom line is that you can't let that turbo do its thing, it devours gas. If you want great mileage with the Ascent, you have to have a very light foot. Unlike other cars, there isn't much middle ground. Fortunately, the Ascent is one of the best cars for driving lightly, it does this with ease and surprisingly is still very drivable. Unless you really like driving cars hard, you won't notice the difference much from conventional driving.
You need to train yourself to use as little throttle as possible. This is tricky at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it. You need to develop a feel for the car to know how to do this without driving too slow. The Ascent coasts nicely and can really get around quite effectively with very little throttle. The recent ECM/TCM updates somehow improved this even more. You can use the mpg dash display to help train yourself, but after a while, you won't need it anymore. You can still hit the throttle when you need to, such as for accelerating onto a highway, pulling out into traffic, or climbing hills. The trick is to use a light throttle all other times rather than driving it normally. As a bonus, this will also have the side effect of very light wear and tear on your engine and transmission.
Now, I fully realize that everyone is not going to want to do this, I understand that, I used to like to drive hard and fast. But I mellowed out as I got older and I'm not so much in a big hurry anymore. This whole thing about driving lightly only happened when I got into a contest with my son as to who could get the best mileage, but I was amazed at how effectively you can drive many modern cars with such little throttle, the Ascent being among the best for this.
Give it a try if you're so inclined, but it takes a couple of months to get really good at it without affecting your normal driving too much. Once you get good at it, it becomes natural and you don't even think about it anymore.
Don't deal with it. You can probably improve it. I too had this problem early on.I’m getting pretty lousy mileage on my Ascent as well. I’m averaging 13.3 mpg city and 21 hwy. My 6 speed manual Forester averaged 19 mpg and I didn't think that was very good but it sure beats this new car. Luckily the ascent is a beautiful car so ill just deal with it.
I am only getting between 13-14 miles a gallon. I only have 1000 miles on the Ascent and quite frankly am not happy with it at all. Low power, transmission sucks....you can feel every gear it goes into, and horrible mileage. I have always gotten more miles per gallon on any other vehicle I have owned, so the way I drive should not be an issue. Quite frankly, I don't like it at all. I am going to sell it or possibly ask Subaru to buy it back. Very disappointed.My wife has 6300 miles on her Ascent and is still getting as low as 13mpg in very short trips around our home Highway mpg is around 25mpg. Anyone else encountering this?
We bought ours Jan 31 2019. almost 41k miles. My gas mileage has been in that area too. 14.5ish. It's not much different than a suburban I used to own. The problem with the power is delivery. The TbW isn't linear or it's bad turbo lag. I can hit it and nothing and then a second later it goes. Especially on turns. I hate the CVT too, but not because I feel every shift, but because there isn't really any. It's like a loose centrifugal clutch on a mini bike. The system won't connect to WiFi, not even if I try to tether my phone in the car. I have to wonder how much real testing goes into cars today. Either they don't do a realistic test or maybe they do it in such a way that suits the results they want. IDK. I've seen this with other brands. True believers put up with stuff the non-tribal wouldn't. The car is really a conundrum of sorts. It's not a truck and it's not a passenger car in the traditional sense. Harsh suspension over certain condition yet lots of body roll. It's like they tried to scale up an outback without taking some things into consideration.I am only getting between 13-14 miles a gallon. I only have 1000 miles on the Ascent and quite frankly am not happy with it at all. Low power, transmission sucks....you can feel every gear it goes into, and horrible mileage. I have always gotten more miles per gallon on any other vehicle I have owned, so the way I drive should not be an issue. Quite frankly, I don't like it at all. I am going to sell it or possibly ask Subaru to buy it back. Very disappointed.