Alas, my friend, nothing I stated was opinion (inside info). Car & Driver wasn't the only one - but they were the loudest. The TR690 was designed to never faux shift under normal operations, but with the option for simulated shifting (eg: paddle shifters) for the customers who wanted it. So, when it came out in 2009, it never fake shifted. It was years later that the shifting was added. Subaru needed to kill off the inefficient 4EAT and 5EAT transmissions (and this was back at a time where 4 speed and 5 speed automatics were "the thing" and 8-10 speeds were pretty unheard of), so, they didn't really have any other option, other than adding it.I totally respect your opinion about C&D Robert and will accept that seems to be they’re programmed in for a reason. However by bowing to these journalist’s opinion, they’ve completely destroyed my wife’s opinion of the car. She wants to get rid of it purely because the transmission “feels cheap when it clunks”.
She wants her 5speed auto from her acura back…. Which, because I still daily drive it, can tell you clunks much more than the fake shifts in the ascent.
And, if it weren't for all the other ways I love my Subies, I'd be in a similar boat as your wife.
As I constantly tell Subaru of America...
I UTTERLY TOTALLY DETEST THE FAKE SHIFTING WITH A PASSION!!!!!!
(hoping someone there passes by this post, to see me say it again, in all bold, lol!)
Like I said above, the TR580 has always had fake shifting, since the very first one released.Not my experience driving them at all. Sure using the manual mode, but never in “D”. And I’ve tried to reproduce it just to test my theory.
Where are you getting this data?
Here's the 2019 Subaru Impreza (right column is CVT):
Here's the 2020 Outback (only comes with either TR580 or High Torque TR690 - both are 8 fake shifts)
Both are programmed with stepped shifting that matches the paddle shifter manual modes.