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.

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