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Old 09-23-2014, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Old Mechanic View Post
Crawling on the Interstate coming west to my house, reminded me of why I don't mind the auto
I hear you. The Micra's automatic is certainly pleasant enough to drive - essentially seamless shifts at low engine load. And it actually has fairly aggressive programming to get into lockup and hold higher gears.

It needs their latest CVT, then it would cut the gap in half maybe more.
Yep. Ironically, both of the Micra's closest competitors -- Chevy Spark and Mitsu Mirage -- use Nissan-sourced (JATCO) CVT's. And they have much better ratings than the Micra.

However one Micra owner pointed out to me that there's an argument to be made for the old-school 4-speed automatic in terms of total cost of ownership over the long haul: the manual will probably need a pricy clutch replacement in its lifetime, while the CVT needs expensive periodic fluid changes. The 4-speed auto needs neither. YMMV.
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