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CVT AT in the new Outback? Is it sluggish?

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#1 740gle


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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:13 AM

Anybody tried the CVT AT in the new Outbacks? Is it as sluggish as the ones that they used so far?

02' Legacy GT wagon 134Kmiles... with the "Are You sure, you want to shift?" Autobox..

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:25 AM


Anyone driven one of the new CVT subies.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:31 AM

I drove a Legacy right when the dealer got them. I thought it drove pretty well and didn't feel any more sluggish than my 2.5RS. I think the MPG gauge is stupid, but thats just me.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:50 PM

Go over to the outback board.


There they tend to like thier cars new, here we like to wait for them to mature :).

I drove one I thought it was quicker off the line then my 97 was, and it feels quicker because there are no gearshifts to reference.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:39 PM

My father-in-law bought a 2010 legacy sedan. I was able to drive it for extended periods in city and on the highway. I have to say I liked the way it drove and it never seemed to lack for power. The CVT transmission performed flawlessly. Having never driven a cvt equipped car I really curious about how it would perform and I was impressed. It was much better than the 08 AT Legacy sedan he had previously.

Nice roomy interior and comfortable ride, but homely styling and ugly dash for sure.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:27 AM

I have had a Legacy CVT for almost 3 months now. The smooth transmission works as advertised and I do like the term "snowmobile" that a salesman used to describe it. I traded in an Impreza with the same engine with AT and the accleration is more like a long lunge compared to a set of hops. The end result seems to be the same amount of time to get to freeway speed. I have used the paddle shifters to keep the speed down when going down steep hills but I have yet to try to use them for "power" shifting.

I am on my best tank for mileage yet. 250 miles of driving (little more than half a tank left) and I am averaging 32 mpg!

I have always been against faux wood grain in any car but they have kept it down to accent level rather than filling up the center with it like a lot of luxury vehicles try to do. Subarus are not known for their stylish interiors (except maybe the Tribeca and XT when they first came out) but my interior has gotten some raves. The exterior has also drawn some second looks and complements which has not happened to me since I drove an XT way back in 1989.

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