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New here, doing my research on what will likely be replacing my 2000 Acura TL-P sometime this year.
The XV is high on my short list. Coming from primarily Hondas, I really don't know much about Subarus, other than wanting a late-model, first-gen 2.5RS for a long time.

Surprisingly, even though my wife loathes wagons/hatchbacks, she actually liked the couple shots of the XV I've shown her.

Hopefully the local dealer has a 5MT in stock when I can find the time to drive down there to check one out. Might cross-compare it with the 5MT Impreza Sport as well, though I like the XV more.
 

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Good luck on finding a 5MT to test drive in the Impreza or the XV. It's "standard" on Subarus, but I'd say the CVT is more common. I've yet to see a 5MT on the lot in either.

If there are no XVs on the lot (very likely, they're selling before the dealerships get them in), driving an Impreza should give you a pretty good idea what to expect from an XV, overall.
 

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chasem said:
Good luck on finding a 5MT to test drive in the Impreza or the XV. It's "standard" on Subarus, but I'd say the CVT is more common. I've yet to see a 5MT on the lot in either.

If there are no XVs on the lot (very likely, they're selling before the dealerships get them in), driving an Impreza should give you a pretty good idea what to expect from an XV, overall.
Thanks for the heads-up. Last I checked their online inventory, they showed to have an XV & an Impreza in stock with the 5MT. Don't recall if the Impreza was the 5-door Sport though.
 

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Welcome! What drew you to the XV?
Just happened across it online while doing research on replacements for my TL.
Did some reading up on it & short of driving one, really like it. But, I've always been partial to "wagons" even though my wife hates them.
 

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HoustonXV said:
Thanks for the heads-up. Last I checked their online inventory, they showed to have an XV & an Impreza in stock with the 5MT. Don't recall if the Impreza was the 5-door Sport though.
That's fantastic. The dealer nearest me has 3 manual vehicles, two Foresters and a WRX. I hate that manuals are so rare in the US.

Anywho, g'luck on your test drives/purchase. Keep us updated
 

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Hey, Houston, thanks for joining! I know the dealership I bought my Crosstrek at in North Carolina only had one on the lot at a time -- I was the second person in town to buy one and I know after I drove it off the lot it took them at least three weeks to get another to replace it. However, that was a smaller city. Here in LA I always see a few Crosstreks on the Subaru lots so I would assume a few are 5MT.

Why are you going with the 5MT? Do you just like to drive manual more?
 

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Why are you going with the 5MT? Do you just like to drive manual more?
That's it. I regret selling my last manual car. I'll probably try the CVT, but I've never driven one that I liked.
Having a 5 or 6 MT & 4 doors are the hard requirements for my next car.

Just wish Subaru would've allowed the 5MT on the Limited XV.
 

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ClubCrosstrek said:
Why are you going with the 5MT? Do you just like to drive manual more?
That's it. I regret selling my last manual car. I'll probably try the CVT, but I've never driven one that I liked.
Having a 5 or 6 MT & 4 doors are the hard requirements for my next car.

Just wish Subaru would've allowed the 5MT on the Limited XV.
Yeah, it's a shame they don't. It should also really be a 6MT in my opinion. That said, I do love my CVT.
 

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HoustonXV said:
A 6MT XV Limited would be perfect.

Makes you wonder if an XV WRX, or similar, is in the works.
They have turbo XVs overseas. It adds hardly any more HP (2 or 3 increase I think) but adds almost 100 ft/lb torque. Supposedly it is a BLAST to drive. Let's hope they bring it to the states soon.
Isn't that a diesel?
I don't know about a 6MT being in an Impreza/XV here. If the WRX still uses a 5MT, it seems to me that the Imp/XV wouldn't get a 6MT either.
Would be great though. Considering 5MT seems to be becoming a dying breed, with more & more economy cars going to 6MT & some sports cars (Porsche 911 & C7 Corvette) going to a 7MT.
 

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HoustonXV said:
ClubCrosstrek said:
HoustonXV said:
A 6MT XV Limited would be perfect.

Makes you wonder if an XV WRX, or similar, is in the works.
They have turbo XVs overseas. It adds hardly any more HP (2 or 3 increase I think) but adds almost 100 ft/lb torque. Supposedly it is a BLAST to drive. Let's hope they bring it to the states soon.
Isn't that a diesel?
I don't know about a 6MT being in an Impreza/XV here. If the WRX still uses a 5MT, it seems to me that the Imp/XV wouldn't get a 6MT either.
Would be great though. Considering 5MT seems to be becoming a dying breed, with more & more economy cars going to 6MT & some sports cars (Porsche 911 & C7 Corvette) going to a 7MT.
Yes, the turbocharged XV is a turbo diesel engine that many Subaru enthusiasts would greatly appreciate to see here. I wouldn't doubt that one of the reasons they won't sell it here is because Subaru feels only their 6MT can handle the torque, and, sadly, most Americans don't like rowing their own gears. (However, the Lineartronic CVT is efficient)

The WRX is at the end of its lifecycle.

The 6MT is exclusive to the FB20 in other regions of the world (while the 5MT for them is exclusive to the smaller FB16), while North America seems to be the only ones who get the 5MT with the FB20.

My only envy about the rest of the world's 5MT is that it's a dual-range! Not the best dual-range but it certainly would help quite a lot for those XV owners who go off-roading.
 
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