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Hi,

I just joined today. I visited a subaru dealership yesterday and was very impressed with what I saw. I was looking for a subaru forester (but I also liked the outback limited). Anyway I noticed that all their cars at the dealership had sportshift (automatic transmissions, I don't know how to drive stick), and I asked them about it. They said it's a high gear mode for climbing up mountains. I don't plan on using the car for any outback driving. I primarily want the awd so I for driving in the snow (lake tahoe).

So my question was, do I really need the sportshift? Do they sell models without the sportshift?
 

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Sportshift is not at all what they said... though works nicely for that.
It gives you the tiptronic option to shift semi-manually between gears if you want to drive in a somewhat sporty manner around town... or if you are hauling and want a lower gear.
It is standard on all of the Automatic transmission Foresters now.

Welcome to the forum from Niagara Falls! :bacon:
 

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If I remember reading on the dealer sticker it lists the 4eat w/sportshift as a $$$$ option....now would that mean you could get it without sportshift???I dunno. The sales person also stated that he drives in town w/sportshift and gets about 2mpg more by doing that. I cant confirm this as BS or truth as I havnt logged records by driving this way.
 

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The automatic transmission is considered the option over the 5-speed.
The 4eat is only available now as standard with the "sportshift" function.

On an XT model the 4eat with SportShift is standard now, not an option.
 

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If I remember reading on the dealer sticker it lists the 4eat w/sportshift as a $$$$ option....now would that mean you could get it without sportshift???I dunno. The sales person also stated that he drives in town w/sportshift and gets about 2mpg more by doing that. I cant confirm this as BS or truth as I havnt logged records by driving this way.
I bet it's BS
 

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thanks for all the replies and help! All the foresters were marked up $1200 because of the added sportshift option. The salesman kind of made it sound like they found that the vehicle needed sportshift so they made it standard
 

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thanks for all the replies and help! All the foresters were marked up $1200 because of the added sportshift option. The salesman kind of made it sound like they found that the vehicle needed sportshift so they made it standard
If you build your own on the Subaru website, you'll see that the $1200 charge is the standard cost for the automatic transmission upgrade. The SportShift feature itself is included in the cost of the transmission.
 

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thanks for all the replies and help! All the foresters were marked up $1200 because of the added sportshift option. The salesman kind of made it sound like they found that the vehicle needed sportshift so they made it standard
Ask the salesman to show you where the Sportshift is an "Upgrade" from the regular 4EAT. Then ask the Manager to give you a more honest salesman....
seriously.
 

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Remember the good ol' days, when you had to physically move the shifter from 1, 2, 3, or D? Yeah, "sportshift" is the same as that, now that all trannys are computer controlled.

Same thing Subaru's had since at least 2001. Just different packaging.
 

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I bet it's BS
Welcome from Maryland! And the mpg increase is BS.... I used sportshift for a while and my MPG dropped about 2mpg, Mostly city driving

Sportshift is not at all what they said... though works nicely for that.
It gives you the tiptronic option to shift semi-manually between gears if you want to drive in a somewhat sporty manner around town... or if you are hauling and want a lower gear.
It is standard on all of the Automatic transmission Foresters now.
Sportshift is a good feature to have though.... Standard Economy mode will give you a 60-40 power distribution between the front-rear wheels... and the Sportshift mode gives you a 50-50split for tougher snow/rain/uphill driving conditions
 

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Sport shift should give you better control in those snow situations where it's wise to stay in a little higher gear than normal.
 
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