I've driven Nissan Altima CVT's and have a 2012 Impreza with the CVT and I think it's a great transmission for what it was designed for, fuel economy. It has some sportiness to it with the preset gear ratios when you tap into manual mode but I can't see it being that fun to take around a track with.
That being said, the 2013 2.5i Outback's and Legacy's come with the same version 2 CVT that the 2012 Impreza's debuted while the 3.6R iterations have a 5EAT. I used to sell them so I have driven plenty of them. It was sad to see the LGT disappear but with the whale body of the 5th gens it doesn't make much sense to have a four cylinder turbo setup when you can have the 6 cylinder with more power in a car that is no longer catered to enthusiasts.
I prefer a manual any day of the week but I certainly can appreciate the CVT in our Impreza and the sweet fuel mileage we see (and the wifey can't drive a manual LOL)