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What is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)?

Continuously Variable Transmission explained   

In your research for a new vehicle, you may have come across the phrase “Continuously Variable Transmission,” but what does it mean? In this blog, we will explain what a Continuously Variable Transmission is and what you can expect from them.   

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission or CVT?  

Compared to older transmissions, the Continuously Variable Transmission seamlessly changes through different gear ratios as you drive. Using most transmissions, drivers can usually tell when there are hard shifts within. Continuously Variable Transmissions are also known as single-speed, shiftless and stepless transmissions.    

Why is Continuously Variable Transmission so popular now?  

Continuously Variable Transmissions were first patented in 1886 by Daimler and Benz. The reason they are becoming more widely used with automakers is the brands are realizing how much the average driver enjoys quicker acceleration and responsiveness from their transmissions.  

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 What are some of the Continuously Variable Transmission pros?  

Since drivers don’t have to manually switch between gears, the fuel economy significantly improves with the Continuously Variable Transmission. Another pro is uphill driving. The Continuously Variable Transmission knows the exact gear ratio while driving up a hill almost immediately. This allows for seamless power without hard shifting.  

Are there Continuously Variable Transmission cons? 

Some cons to Continuously Variable Transmissions include a higher cost in the vehicles overall and the price of repair or replacement. These transmissions are great for the average driver but those who want high performance won’t find it with Continuously Variable Transmissions.   


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