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Old 11-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cbaber View Post
I've always wondered why CVT transmissions never get better MPG than manuals. They were suppose to be the answer to auto vs manual problem for MPG, for Honda at least. Infinite gear ratios, always accelerating at the best RPM, low cruising speed, etc. I guess it all comes down to how the power is transferred to the tires, and the M/T just makes better use of it (and with much more control).
It's always worth asking: Why?

How much additional power is consumed by the hydraulic pump that moves the pulleys in the CVT? A lot of changes in ratio i.e. typical city driving would mean that's working harder right?

How is declutching done in the Mitsu. CVT?
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