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Old 10-19-2020, 04:22 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Norm Peterson View Post
People like your friends really like it because it fits the way they want their cars to drive better than any of the alternatives. All the reasons people choose a conventional multispeed automatic, plus smoother behavior while still being responsive enough once underway (let's not forget that zero-to-whatever-speed stats are meaningless to most of these people when it comes down to their actual driving) . . . so for them, what's not to like?

Kind of, not exactly; but yes.

One has a slightly modified WRX, cares about performance and definitely does not want a manual. Likes the CVT but hates that it's a ticking bomb. One also has a Honda Pilot with a standard auto, which he hated after having been used to the CVT in the CRV; he almost returned the Pilot.

Guy on the Forester doesn't care. But likes it.

So yeah, it fits the purpose, but they also like it, and prefer it (especially compared to a manual). Which is what I mean: It is not really under rated, it is actually rated pretty well. It is disliked by some group (seems like a minority as Subarus with CVT have sold plenty), and quite ok to another group (maybe the majority and/or the market target?). A lot of people don't care at all so for Subaru to dump $ to please some weird minority, is kind of crazy.

But yes... other than reliability, what's not to like?
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