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Hello, I'm shopping for a used Outback but do not want CVT. Is there a way to determine from a center console picture if the car has CVT or auto?

Is Wikipedia correct that only the 2.5GT and the 3.6 have the automatic? Is there a way to visually tell if the car is 2.5GT or 3.6 (like 3rd gen engine cover saying "H6")?

Every gen 4 I've seen has the straight pull shifter which I assume is CVT, as shown in the attachment. The gen 3's have the brilliant offset shifter. Do gen 4 autos have the same offset shifter?
 

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Unless they are manuals:

2010 present H4 legacy and outback are CVT.

2010-14 legacy and outback H6, are the last of the 5EAT automatics

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Forester: switched in 2011 to the new FB25B engine, and the CVT.

plain Impreza switched to the FB20B and the CVT in 2012.

so like from 2005-2010/11 the automatic Foresters and plain impreza are 4EAT automatics with EJ253 engines.

(and I say plain. as in not turbo = XT or WRX, or STI)
 

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Nope, but you can determine from a picture of the rear of the vehicle. The 3.6R will have both a 3.6R badge, as well as dual exhaust pipes. The 2.5 models, which only come with either the CVT or 6 Spd Manual have neither, and in many states also have a PZEV badge. The interiors are exactly if the same trim level, regardless of the engine.

If they post an under hood picture, you can also tell if it's a 3.6R or 2.5, either by the engine cover (2.5 doesn't have a full garnish over the engine), or counting the intake runners. (3 vs 2 per side). Starting 2013, the oil filter is also up top, near the coolant reservoir on the 2.5 FB engine.

Those are the most notable cues that you can pick up in pictures, unless I'm forgetting something.
 
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