Subaru BRZ has higher manual take rate than Toyota 86
Although the BRZ manual sales are strong, it isn’t the model that sells the most. The Subaru WRX tops it with 90% of buyers picking the manual over the CVT option. We of course suspect that plenty of regular WRX buyers are opting for the manual, though the number is likely partly boosted by the fact the STI version is only available with a manual.
Things aren’t quite as rosy with Subaru’s more mainstream offerings, but that’s to be expected. The Impreza follows the BRZ with 8% of Imprezas selling with a manual. The Crosstrek comes in second-to-last at 6%, and the Forester comes in last at 3%. And the Forester has now dropped the manual transmission.
One final interesting note to Subaru’s manual take rate. Subaru told us it sold over 47,000 manual-equipped cars. That’s roughly 2,000 more than Honda sold in the same year. And with Subaru’s total sales numbers being less than Honda, that means the percentage of total sales that were manual is larger at 7% versus 2.6% for Honda.