Last post on Oct 03, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Subaru Outback, Transmission
#5 of 7 Re: Winter driving: CVT vs Shiftable Automatic [xwesx]
Oct 03, 2013 (4:53 am)
Ok - I think I got it. The CVT is also a shiftable automatic; it just behaves differently than my Outback when in automatic mode. I would have checked out the new Outbacks at a dealer when the time comes but I really wasn't expecting I would like what they have to offer. Thanks for explaining this.
Like you, I always used to drive a standard - a Jeep, which was great on mountain roads but not much fun on the highway for 3 hours getting there. I chose the Outback with shiftable automatic because the AWD system is much better than the one offered on standards. At the time, I was really unsure about this but now I'm really happy with my decision.
#6 of 7 Re: Winter driving: CVT vs Shiftable Automatic [jim2345]
Oct 03, 2013 (6:50 am)
I'm interested in the towing capacity of a cvt, if there is one. We pull a lightweight camper (under 2000 lbs. with our outback. It has an automatic with sport mode which I use when towing. Keeps the rpms up when going up a hill and really helps with braking when descending. Our camper has brakes too. My chief concern is that the transmission be up to the task. A very expensive repair! I saw a prius pulling a lightweight popup at a campground this summer. I didnt get to talk to the driver though. I dont know how Subarus cvt works. does anyone tow with theirs?
#7 of 7 Re: Winter driving: CVT vs Shiftable Automatic [bob192]
Oct 03, 2013 (8:31 am)
Towing capacity of the 2014 Outback is 2,700# for the CVT or MT, and 3,000 for the 3.6L engine (which, IIRC, has a 5-speed TCT - torque-converter automatic transmission). There's the standard caveat of ensuring the car is properly equipped. I know that for my car (2010 Forester), the manufacturer requests an electronic brake controller for all towed weight over 1,000#.
I haven't talked with anyone who tows with a CVT Subaru, but I did see three or four 2010+ Outbacks in different campgrounds while on a transcontinental trip last month. They were all towing pop-ups, but I didn't stop in to chat or ask about their transmission type.