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Old 03-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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My girlfriend is looking at buying a new Impreza that has the continuously variable transmission. Has anyone heard how they're holding up/reliable?
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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its either that or a 5mt..they the cvt's are holding their own.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Let me "bump" this post back to the active list.

I have the same question. My wife's 2004 Forester needs to be replace in the next 12+ months and it seems only the CVT auto is offered. I'm a bit sorry they skipped the 6 speed auto - I have driven a 6 speed auto VW and loved it, it was a 4 cylinder.

I suppose the CVT helps improve the MPG, right? How does it drive, for a little old lady who is still somewhat aggressive in her driving.

She can no longer drive a MT, we had only 5 speed MT up to the 2004 Forester, I still have a 5 MT Colorado Pickup and Suzuki SX4, she will not drive either, in fact can't because of physical problems, I'm sure she still knows how.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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Subaru's had cvt for at least 2 my, probably more. Nissan I think has them in lots of cars.

wife bought a 2013 outback and we opted for the 2.5l with cvt. the 3.6l and 6 spd auto is an option but we wanted best gas mileage.

No issues with the cvt with 9k on the car. Car holds going down hills, obviously very smooth while accelerating. say there's a red light ahead and you let off the gas, does downshift (without you noticing). Only the last 5pmh there's a slightly noticeable downshift. You can manually or -get this - use the paddle shifters to downshift. Used them once and it felt stupid.

I drive hers like a big car with an auto trans and poof, no problems.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:21 PM   #5
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I don't follow the "down shift" and "paddle shifter"... do we have a infinite number of "gears" and the paddle, like an electrical rheostat, simply slides along a "slope", not a set of steps. If one can feel shifts it seems to be it isn't in fact continuously variable.

I wonder why Subaru would put a "geared" auto in the muscle car and a "CV" in the family car.

Is the better MPG due to the CVS, or is it just the smaller 4 cylinder engine?

I like the 2.5 4 cylinder, I find it has good acceleration, but when driving in the mountains on an Interstate at 70 mph it would be nice to have a gear between 3 and 4, and then a 5th gear just a bit higher for a true overdrive. That was what I liked about the little VW, I was driving it in the Rocky Mountains going from Denver to Gould in the NW corner of the state. The 6 speed auto spent a lot of time in 5th gear, and a little in 4th gear. On anything level it was in 6th gear at 70 mph.

I believe the new Forester is expected to deliver over 30 MGP from the 2.5L CVS.. Our 2004 never does better than 27 MPG.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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My Dad has a 2013 Outback w/ roughly 30k miles w/ the CVT. So far it's been great and tows a 16' boat fairly regularly and hasn't missed a beat.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #7
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I don't follow the "down shift" and "paddle shifter"... do we have a infinite number of "gears" and the paddle, like an electrical rheostat, simply slides along a "slope", not a set of steps. If one can feel shifts it seems to be it isn't in fact continuously variable.

I wonder why Subaru would put a "geared" auto in the muscle car and a "CV" in the family car.

Is the better MPG due to the CVS, or is it just the smaller 4 cylinder engine?
when you paddle shift or use the "1 2 3 d" gear selector the trans does shift to a preselected gear ratio. put it in D and no shift, just constant rpm's while the car goes faster.

definitely 2.5l vs. 3.6 for economy.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:29 PM   #8
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Cool CVT is pretty smooth

We've just had our '13 Impreza 2.0i with CVT for a week, so not many miles on it yet. But we live in a hilly, rural area, so it's been good terrain to test out the CVT's practicality.

I used to prefer manual transmission, but I've had a bum left leg for several years now, and there are some days I wouldn't be able to clutch, so we've been running cars with auto trans for 20 years now. So far I have to say the CVT is smoother than any "geared automatic" I've ever driven.

2.0 liter is a small engine. But that's what we wanted, for gas mileage. The CVT does a better job of accelerating up hills than a regular automatic would. There's none of that hunt-and-shift back and forth between high revs and lugging it, like you can often get with a "geared automatic" when you're going up a hill behind someone, and unable to let the tranny/engine/car speed fall into it's own sweet spot.

If one were a performance freak, a manual would be a better choice. For the type of driving a lot of women prefer --whether aggressive or "not so much"-- the CVT will just do what you tell it to do with your right foot on the pedal.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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We test drove an 2013 Impreza, and the CVT was really smooth. It seems like every car manufacturer is going to CVT. Some Jeeps have it as well as Mitsubishi and I believe Mazda too.
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