I have some friends that are moving back to the states and asked me if I could help them find an Outback. They're looking to spend in the $12-15k range, which puts them in the 2007-2009 range. For a little more money you can get into the 2010 with the CVT, which get better mileage. I was wondering how the CVTs are holding up compared to the 4EAT. I'm personally a 2.2 / manual guy, so I haven't paid much attention to the newer models. Would you advise someone to pay a little more for the CVT? Should they try and find a manual instead? For what it's worth, they will be in a pretty hilly area - Floyd, VA.
Thanks in advance.