Join Date: May 2006
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Outback XT-B
It's been noted that the Manual transmission is better for snow.
Unlike the automatic, which does not default to 50/50 torque distribution, the manual transmission DOES.
In my experience, the Manual transmission has outperformed the automatic in all snowy conditions I've driven in. But it ultimately depends on which you like to drive more.
VDC is about as good as the AWD pot gets though, so if that's an option for you, I'd STRONGLY consider that even though it's an automatic.
09 SWP Outback 2.5XT 5MT 263whp, 337 lb-ft