Join Date: Jun 2013
Car: 2012 Outback Limited 2.5i CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I have a 2012 Outback with a CVT. When I purchased it, I intended to buy a Forester, but wanted to test drive the Outback for the heck of it. The salesman, who I had known for a few years and trust entirely, told me that I would not buy the Forester if I test drove the Outback. Obviously he was correct.
Last year I took my Outback from Columbia, MO to Zion NP via Arches NP/Canyon Lands NP and back via Great Sand Dunes NP/Mesa Verde NP. I went over Loveland Pass (11,900 ft) and averaged over 29 MPG for the trip. I did not once have to downshift the CVT to keep the car under control. I do not recall thinking that I was braking too much either.
One thing I did notice about the CVT was that I was able to maintain a constant speed up even the biggest hill. I could watch other cars fall behind, knowing that their transmission were wasting time downshifting.
The CVT also freaks out unsuspecting passengers. If you are feeling froggy, you can run it up to the red line and leave it there until you reach an acceptable speed.