Traded a 2015 XV Crosstrek for a 2018 Forester XT. Crosstrek (MT) was tolerable at sea level but up at altitude it took upwards of 10 seconds to get to highway speed. Also living in a city now and MT wasnt practical. The Forester XT (CVT) has been great so far, loads more power - almost as much as my 05 LGT. And it's very comfortable and driveable - travel a good distance to work each day.