The pros and cons of owning a CVT Transmission.

Today I am going to talk about the pros and cons of owning a CVT transmission. First of all I would like to explain what a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is. A CVT uses a pulley and belt system to change the vehicle’s drive-wheel speed and torque in relation to the engine speed and torque so as to provide an unlimited range of gear ratios. This is different from an automatic transmission in a way as that automatic transmissions have a set ratio and gears. The CVT essentially has an unlimited amount of ratios because of the way it works. Now that we have that out of the way let us go over some pros and cons of owning one.

The advantage you have of owning a CVT can be noticed in fuel mileage your car can get. Because the CVT can keep the engine at an optimal power range in order to keep fuel emissions low. CVT’s also provide quicker acceleration than a normal automatic transmission. You also don’t get any sensation of shifting so this makes for a very smooth ride when you are in stop and go traffic and under acceleration.

Now for the cons of owning a CVT transmission. Some people complain about a constant noise while driving, almost like the sound of a slipping clutch. The CVT in a vehicle could cost you a bit more money than a normal automatic. If you are new to owning a CVT it may take you some time to get used to driving a car without the feeling of it shifting. There have been complaints of lack of power but this is contributed to the CVT always keeping the car in optimal fuel saving range so you are not over stressing or opening the vehicle wide open and wasting gas. The final disadvantage is that it is a very complicated piece of machinery which could have the potential for higher repair costs.

My personal thoughts about a CVT are that I love it! I have owned 2 cars that have had automatic transmissions and two cars that have had CVT transmissions and I prefer the CVT over the normal automatic. The smoothness of the ride is incomparable to anything else. I love how I don’t feel it shift and you don’t get the jerkiness of an automatic transmission. I do a lot of highway driving and this transmission keeps the RPMS low and keeps my fuel MPG up. I have yet to do any maintenance on any CVT I have owned so I can’t comment on the price to fix it but that is also a good thing because I have not had to fix it. I also have not gotten any kind of noise with the CVT so I am not sure what other people are hearing. I hope this blog helped you in understanding the Pros and Cons of CVTs and please comment below on your thoughts.





3 thoughts on “The pros and cons of owning a CVT Transmission.

  1. I am thinking about buying a CVT Toyota Corolla which has been a new option here in Brazil because the automatic transmission Corollas available before were of only 4-gear transmissions. The CVT Corolla will come with a 7-gear transmission. I liked very much of your opinion. As Toyotas are very mechanically good cars I believe that the CVT will not give any problem for the first 100,000 kms. For me I will have to use the car for some 10 years before it will reach the 100k km mark.
    The first thing that came to my mind was about the wearing of the CVT belt. I was afraid about it and after I saw in the Web about someone that had a belt problem in a CVT equiped Ford vehicle at 30,000 miles of use.

  2. We have a 2007 Ford freestyle with a CVT we love our car and the CVT we have had it for about 7 years and no problems at all until today 🙁 it went out and it’s now going to cost $6,300 to fix. Mind you a new CVT is $5,003 new and a professional must install just FYI.

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