Opted for the CVT. Not only did I want the Limited trim, but I had the 5 MT in my 2012 Impreza and didn't care for it.
Yeah, we don't get the 5MT in South Africa, only the CVT and 6MTThere is a 6mt option on the Crosstrek? I got the 5mt and it's OK. Coming from Honda Manual transmissions, from my personal experience, the Honda transmissions are WAY better... but I definitely prefer this over CVT. 2nd geat in my 5mt feels so bleh...
Additional remark: The 1.6-liter engine with 5sp manual has always the Dual Range reduction.In Europe we have the 1.6-liter engine with 5sp manual or cvt, 2.0-liter petrol with 6sp manual or cvt. The diesel engine always has with the 6sp manual.