What Are the Pros and Cons of CVT Transmissions?

November 28th, 2017 by

2018 Honda Civic Shifter

If you’re wondering what the pros and cons of CVT transmissions are, you’ve come to the right place. Automotive concepts can be confusing sometimes, so we’re here to break it all down for you!

What is a CVT Transmission?

CVT stands for continuously variable transmission, and this type of automatic transmission uses pulleys and a steel band instead of traditional fixed gears. It’s always automatically adjusting to your driving, and it provides smooth, stepless gear changes. Car manufacturers like CVT transmissions because they help improve fuel efficiency by containing RPMs, or engine speed.

The Pros

  • Outstanding fuel efficiency is a major advantage. CVTs are always adjusting, so they keep engine RPMs low and consistent, avoiding the high engine speeds that suck down gasoline.
  • CVTs also have low production costs because they have fewer moving parts than traditional automatics. This is another appealing factor to car manufacturers.
  • CVTs deliver a smooth ride because the transmission doesn’t have to constantly switch gears.

The Cons

  • You may feel a delay when you step on the accelerator. That’s because compared to a regular automatic transmission, there’s a slight pause as the CVT band adjusts.
  • CVTs can be hard to get used to because they just don’t feel the same way a traditional automatic does. The engine sound is monotonous, and you don’t feel a connection with the car like you do when you can tell a gear has shifted.
  • In spite of the low initial costs of a CVT, repairs can be more expensive because the parts are more costly to replace. And because technicians need special training, it may be harder to find someone that can make the repair.

More About CVT Transmissions

We’ve covered the basics of CVT transmission pros and cons, but there’s a lot more to learn. Tamaroff Honda can help. Our professional sales staff is experienced in explaining these differences and can show you vehicles with and without a CVT. We’d love the chance to show off our inventory and get you on some test drives so you can see the difference. Stop by anytime, or contact us today for more information.