Originally Posted by gathermewool
Sir, YOU are the only one talking manual vs auto, due to your lack of reading comprehension (even after clarification.)
I'm looking ahead at my next vehicle, and while I used to be the type who said, "I'll always own a manual," I've grown and now consider the CVT a must if I'm going to upgrade to something like the Forester or Outback.
I agree with this. In something performance-oriented, the manual makes sense. Having driven the newer Outback, Legacy and Impreza (and owned a Forester Sports XT with 5-speed), I can say that a CVT really does complete the package with those cars for their purposes. If you want more control, get the WRX, STI or BRZ or older turbocharged variants of the Outback, Legacy and Forester with manuals.