I have a 2014 subie base model outback with CVT. I too think the CVT works just great. I've tested the paddle shifters which send it through fixed gears 1 to 6. I've driven MT cars before, but never more than 5 gears. Six forward speeds seems like just too much shifting, can't imagine driving a 6 speed MT in heavy traffic commuting every day, must feel like driving a MT heavy truck with a lot of forward gears.