Where you can still get a 6-speed manual in the 2016 Subaru Outback
Like the new-generation 2016 Legacy sedan, 2016 Outback Canadian buyers get the six-speed manual transmission option and U.S. buyers only get the Outback with a CVT automatic transmission. The Canadian Outback still comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional.
Why did Subaru drop the 6-speed manual on the U.S. models? It’s because of tighter fuel mileage regulations here in the U.S. So Subaru needed to drop the 6-speed standard gearbox to meet the more stringent fuel-mileage regulations here in the U.S. market. Subaru equips Outbacks with the new Lineartronic continuously variable transmission because its more fuel efficient in the U.S.
Canadian consumers can get the 6-speed manual gearbox in two models, the base 2.5i for $27,995 and the 2.5i Touring package $31,195. All other 2016 Outback models come with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The SUV-alternative Outback still uses their excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and it has a “go-anywhere” attitude that Canadian buyers like. Models equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission are connected to a viscous-coupling limited-slip center differential that provides “near neutral handling and maximum control for the driver.”
The 2016 Outback gets a number of new enhancements over the previous model you can read about here. The 2016 Subaru Outback with the 6-speed manual gearbox is available now in Canadian showrooms. U.S. buyers can only look and not touch. See why the 2016 Outback is named a “Best Buy” 7 years running.