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Old 05-04-2017, 05:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You will be able to tell pretty quickly by experimenting whether you can out-smart the default/automatic programming of the CVT.

Most automatics I've driven that have a manual mode or paddle shifters benefit from manually upshifting to get to top gear sooner to save gas.


Also some CVT's like it when you use cruise control as much as possible - some Mirage owners report that engaging cruise drops engine RPM more than simply backing off the throttle once you've reached cruising speed. I didn't experience this in the Mirage CVT sedan I test drove, but I may have already "trained" the car with a light foot (assuming it has adaptive logic).
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