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Old 10-19-2020, 07:26 PM   #29
Norm Peterson
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Originally Posted by F1EA View Post
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.
I think the group that best defines those who are most likely to dislike CVTs is performance drivers in general. There will be a few outliers, of course.

FWIW, the WRX/STi is, according to a recent survey on MT take rates, the model with the highest MT percentage in the industry (~88%). It's the other Subaru models with CVT that brings the CVT numbers up. Even the Legacy eventually flipped over to CVT-only, after being a MT holdout at least through 2010, and I think conventional automatic only for a short while after that.

But yes... other than reliability, what's not to like?
I think before you can get to any "what's not to like" point, you have to be fully accepting of a transmission that can leave you out of the loop while it goes on about taking care of its own forward gear selection.

Going from MT to conventional AT may be the big step here; it's a smaller step from there to the amorphous ratio choosing of a CVT. So if you start your driving life predisposed toward automatics rather than conventional MTs, you're already over the big hurdle.

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Last edited by Norm Peterson; 10-19-2020 at 07:32 PM.
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