Wrong vehicle1) I forgot to ask; is this the Outlander which is mostly a Nissan Rogue?
2) I wouldn't compare mileages between these 2 middling cars Nick1994 as both samples were done at super-highway speeds or crawling up and down mountains. The OP did say the 35 mph Purgatory was shared by many (he wasn't obstructing traffic).
3) There's always been recognized differences between a small engine revving its guts out vs a vehicle with enough power.
Outlander is like a Rogue- not the Outlander Sport
To me this is all that matters from a guy who has a new one and has owned 2 others
My new one has a daily avg of 30 MPG mixed driving that includes drive-ins. ( LE model)
I'm on no budget but I love these as runabouts. They just work.