Why should you be shortchanged on safety just because you like to drive stick?
For the first time since its introduction in 2008, EyeSight will be available for Subaru vehicles with manual transmission. The Japanese car brand announces this update, debuting in the manual Subaru BRZ.
Currently, the $1,500 automatic transmission option is required if you want to order a BRZ with EyeSight in the US.
Subaru says the updated EyeSight is developed explicitly for its manual transmission cars. Equipped with stereoscopic cameras mounted at the top portion of the windshield, EyeSight employs adaptive cruise control with vehicle-follow capability, which is understandably challenging to use in collaboration with a manual transmission.
However, Subaru didn't disclose how it designed EyeSight for stick-shift cars. Of note, the new Honda Civic Type R also comes with adaptive cruise control and a six-speed manual transmission.
In the red-badged Civic, the adaptive cruise control disengages whenever the car needs to shift gears, which happens when you accelerate/decelerate, or when the vehicle in front accelerates or slows down. The system also disengages when you step on the clutch pedal and, of course, the brake pedal.
Besides adaptive cruise control, the award-winning EyeSight suite of safety features employs pre-collision braking and lane departure/sway warning functions. It also comes with fatigue detection, which keeps the driver awake, especially on long drives.
Since its introduction in 2008, 5.5 million Subarus have been equipped with the EyeSight feature. It has been instrumental in giving Subaru models the highest citations from safety regulation agencies worldwide. The availability of EyeSight for MT Subarus is expected to increase that population further.
As mentioned, EyeSight for MT will be initially available in the updated Subaru BRZ, expected to be revealed in Japan in fall 2023. The automaker didn't disclose when the feature will be available in the US, but it's highly likely.