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2014 Forester Off-Road Experience
Specifically, how does the regular (base model) CVT perform off road in crawling, hill climbing and steep-start situations?
Does it seem like the gearing is low enough?
Is the throttle control comfortable?
I've always had manual transmissions, and I may end up with a 2.5 Premium 6-speed manual Forester, but the CVT is interesting and tempting.
I do a lot of exploring on old roads in the high desert and mountains and think the Forester would be great for it, I just can't decide which transmission would be best, manual or CVT?
Currently I have a 2007 2.5i Impreza sedan with a 5-speed manual, and it does surprisingly well on a lot of the old dirt roads, but I really want the higher clearance of a Forester.