After reading several pages of this... and I am being serious, why is Zeeper even chiming in when he does not have a CVT. How dare you! Seriously, enough!!! If you had a CVT then you should argue your points, but you don't. When was the vote by CVT owners appointing you to speak for us.... I missed it? I vote no, SHUT UP!!! arrogant ignorance.. For many reasons, most recently this one.
For the record, I think the problem with the CVT is the PZEV - and the warm up period. In the warmer weather, I have finally been able to achieve 30mpg plus... same variables, but just barely. When comparing cars for MPG ratings, it does not matter AWD or FWD/RWD.. the MPG rating is the MPG rating. I won't dare to speak for anybody else, but IMO, the Impreza MPG ratings for the CVT are way over optimistic. As others have stated, when trying their best to achieve the best MPG, they are falling short when compared to other cars, rated the same or less!!! That is a fact, not an opinion. So are they/we liars.. no we are just sharing. What gives you to the right to talk about CVT when you dont have one... Again Arrogant Ignorance!
Hate that I had to type this.
For those who love the CVT and love the MPG's, Congrats, and Good Luck. So far my car has not consumed any oil that I know of and has performed well, AWD is great, rattles can be annoying, but I definately feel the CVT Impreza should be rated less MPG wise.