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Old 07-08-2019, 08:56 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xist View Post

Can you slap people who say "CVT transmission?"
What about:

"I had to go to the ATM machine to get money for my CVT transmission replacement."


What about people who complain that they cannot feel CVTs shift?
I wonder if that's primarily for auto journalists, who are traditionally old-school gearheads, and almost universally hate CVT's. Pet peeve: when reviewers say something like "the CVT is noisy when accelerating". No, it isn't. The engine may be noisy if the CVT permits it to stay at a steady, high RPM when under load.

I like the idea of CVTs being the most efficient, but I do not see myself buying one in the foreseeable future.

I was pretty impressed with the lengths Mitsu went to program the Mirage's CVT to be very efficient. Was able to beat my dad's Civic hybrid in a head-to-head city & highway MPG comparison. And I prefer driving the Mirage CVT to the Civic's.

They're much better than traditional slushbox autos, but still aren't as efficient as a manual in the hands of a skilled eco-driver. Though the gap is closing. (That said, any use of EOC widens the gap considerably.)

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