Automatic transmission or manual

subaru
impreza

#1

I anticipate buying a Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and will be driving in the mountains a lot. Should I get the automatic or manual transmission?


#2

I think if you search this website for prior posts on the subject of automatic versus manual, you will get as many different opinions as you want.


#3

Which ever one you like.


#4

Manual


#5

You should test drive each one of the possibilities and decide which one you like better.

Personally, I think a stick shift is sportier, but you should only consider one if you are adept at shifting and using a manual clutch and you have practiced starting on hills using he hand (parking) brake.


#6

Will this also be a commuting car? Clutching in heavy traffic is a pain.


#7

What do you prefer to drive ? I think it’s a personal choice with frequent heavy traffic driving being one of the few uses that may make an auto a no brainer. IMO, I would always have at least one automatic in the family for safety reasons.


#8

We had a family friend that bought a new Chevrolet station wagon in 1961. This person went to Colorado every summer. The dealer recommended that he order the wagon with a manual transmission. The dealer here in the flat midwest didn’t think that the 2 speed PowerGlide was suitable for mountain driving. Much as I hate to admit it, cars have improved in 50 years and the multipseed automatic transmissions today work well in mountain driving. I think it is a matter of which you prefer.


#9

This like the taste of food, is a personal judgement. Two of our three cars have manual transmissions. I like a taste of each. Neither mountains nor city traffic matter. Modern manual transmissions and clutches are easy to live with.


#10

I think the powergilde wasn’t really suited for stop and go traffic.

On my Mazda, I think it’d be neat if it coulda came with a stick shift. Sadly though, only the European market got the manual.


#11

Either. Both will work well with Subie’s AWD system and good technique. And a good set of winter tires.

Nothing will work well without a good set of winter tires. Not a manual, not an automatic, not even AWD.