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To operate the clutch you need very little pressure. For a comparison, my 2008 Impreza 2.5i with the 5-speed manual needed more pressure to operate the clutch. Personally, I don't think the clutch is vague, but rather very easy to use, especially when you take into account the hill holder feature. As for the shift actions, they are medium in length/throw and rubbery. For me, coming from my Impreza, it did take some getting used to as the distance between 3rd and 5th is very small and I found myself during the test drive and for a short time after I purchased the Forester missing 3rd gear and going into 5th. To be honest, I think the shifter could use some stiffer bushings. But other than that I really like the 6-speed. All in all, I feel like I'm in control more, that the car is quicker, even with the manual the Forester is still very easy to drive, and I think it smoother than the CVT equipped Foresters as I noticed that the throttle on the CVT models seems much more sensitive and considerably less smooth when it engages which causes a sort of neck jerking operation. Also, I've been getting a little over 30 miles to the gallon and the manual equipped cars cost about a thousand dollars less then the CVT's. Plus, if your are getting the Premium model with a manual, it come standard with the all weather package, which was something that I really wanted and didn't have to pay extra for. So, when it comes to the choice between manual or CVT 2014 Forester I would highly recommend the manual. I mean, its not perfect, but neither is the CVT, and in my opinion there are simple too many pros to the manual.Report it
You provided a great commentary, however, could you please describe your 6 speed MT experience? For instance, does the clutch feel numb at all as some auto writers seem to describe and how much pressure has to be exerted to engage it? Can a heel toe maneuver be accomplished with your left foot? Does the shifter engage smoothly with short throws or is there any vagueness? How would you rate the performance of that trans with the engine? Did you test drive the CVT version for any comparison? Thanks.Report it
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