Originally Posted by ocellaris
The 4EAT is pretty reliable and the Forester has a lot of usable space for the exterior size of the vehicle. While being a few thousand cheaper than the Outback.
Also while the MPGs aren't great, I don't think it is as far separated from the current CVT MPG numbers as the EPA would lead people to believe. I say this because I drive a 2012 CVT Impreza and also drive a Outback with the 4EAT.
This is the biggest concern. If the CVT takes a reliability hit while not delivering a significant improvement in fuel economy (leaving the argument re driving experience aside for now), it won't bode well for sales. Some folks will give up having bleeding-edge technology and better MPG for having a car that stays out of the shop both before and after the warranty expires.