What is a CVT Transmission?

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Cornwall drivers currently shopping for their new car have likely seen the acronym “CVT” in the vehicle’s description. What is a CVT transmission? CVT means “Continuously Variable Transmission.” Read ahead to learn more about CVT transmissions, and then, fill out a pre-approval and explore our new inventory to find a diverse selection of vehicles with CVT transmissions!

CVT Transmission

In layman’s terms, CVT, or continuously variable transmission, means a transmission that continuously shifts through gears while you are driving. Mechanical transmissions have a fixed number of gears and a hard shift between each. Shiftless transmissions, single-speed, and stepless transmissions are other names for CVT transmission. CVT transmissions shift seamlessly, giving you a smooth acceleration and increased fuel economy.

CVT Transmission: How Does it Work?

A mechanical transmission uses multiple intricate parts to shift through a predetermined number of gears, and a CVT uses a pulley system to shift gears. One pulley in the CVT connects to the engine and to the wheels. As a result, a CVT produces smooth, powerful acceleration as the pulleys move to power the wheels.

CVT Transmission: Pros

The CVT Transmission produces a wide array of benefits to Stratford drivers, including:

  • Fuel efficiency: Hybrid vehicles are built with a CVT to improve fuel economy, and gas-powered engines with a CVT transmission can maintain an average of 38 miles per gallon.
  • Shifting Ease: A CVT transmission can almost instantaneously find the needed gear, enabling the engine to maintain smooth acceleration.

CVT Transmission: Cons

The benefits of a CVT transmission outweigh the drawbacks; there are a few downsides to take note of, including:

  • Cost: CVT transmissions cost more to purchase than mechanical transmissions, and they also cost more to repair and replace since they do not last as long as a traditional transmission.
  • Performance: CVT transmissions can not power sports or high-performance cars. CVT transmissions do not withstand increased horsepower.
  • Noise: A CVT transmission produces noise that resembles a mechanical transmission that is having difficulty. Therefore, buyer acceptance of the CVT is low.

CVT Transmission: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Models With CVT Transmissions

Now that you have an idea of the perks a CVT transmission brings to a vehicle’s performance, look at the models we offer with a CVT transmission:

  • 2021 Chevrolet Spark – Four-seat hatchback
  • 2021 Chevrolet Malibu – Sedan
  • 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer – Crossover SUV
  • 2021 Buick Encore GX – Crossover SUV

With one of these Chevrolet, Buick, GMC model vehicles, Charlottetown drivers commute to Stratford to PEI just got smoother and savings at the gas pump.

Come Experience Driving With a CVT

Contact us with any questions you may have, and our expert staff can further explain driving a vehicle with a CVT. The best way to experience it is by visiting us to test drive!


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