What is a CVT?

A CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is a type of automatic transmission newer to passenger vehicles. It uses two pulleys connected by a steel belt or chain, with the diameter of one of the pulleys continually adjusting as needed to provide an optimal gear ratio to transfer power to the car’s tires.

Conventional automatic transmissions, by contrast, perform a switch between fixed gears as needed, which can often be felt as a slight jerking motion of the vehicle as it shifts.

CVTs are used in new car production by Nissan, Honda, Toyota, and other manufacturers due to their smoother driving experience and increased fuel efficiency.

Advantages of CVTs
  • Increased fuel economy
  • Use fewer parts compared to conventional transmissions (easier to maintain)
  • Less expensive to manufacture (reducing cost of vehicle)
  • Provides seamless power without “shift shock,” or jerky shifting
Disadvantages of CVTs
  • Earlier generations were less reliable than newer CVTs
  • More frequent transmission fluid changes required
  • Some dislike the engine revving noise created by the CVT during acceleration
  • Does not provide the accustomed “gear change” experience of other transmissions

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