We've all heard about the two main types of car transmission: automatic and manual. In this article, we will discuss a third car transmission: CVT or Continuous Variable Transmission.
What’s a CVT?
CVT is a type of single speed automatic gearbox that manufacturers increasingly use as a way to improve fuel economy. (1)
How responsive is a CVT?
"The feel of a CVT can be odd. The rpm of the engine can fluctuate a lot while driving, especially when accelerating. Or when accelerating hard, they’ll just sit unchanged at a lofty rpm level while the car pulls forward. Compared to an automatic or manual transmission, a CVT is much smoother.
While drawbacks in terms of responsiveness are usually noted by "driving enthusiasts”, CVT has one key advantage over their automatic and manual counterparts. When driving up hills, where traditional automatics can struggle, a CVT can seamlessly provide power without shifting." (2)
Is CVT efficient?
The CVT gearbox has been used in many cars, especially small cars. Its compact size and simplicity of construction, lead it to be more cost-effective to use in a small car than a conventional automatic gearbox. Lots of cars nowadays are being sold with CVT transmissions instead of automatic, such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda (3)
What do the Karrenn people think of CVT?
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