January 23, 2017 at 3:57 PM
Many drivers have heard the term Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), but do not fully understand what it means. Below we will explain what CVT actually is, how it benefits both the car and the environment and, which cars are currently sold with CVT.
What is CVT?
CVT is also referred to as single speed transmission, and all this means is that the transmission is seamless with no need to use a series of pulleys in order to change from one gear to another.
In essence, the car automatically changes gears, depending upon your driving speed. Therefore, CVT works completely differently to a 'normal' gearbox, as the transmission automatically changes to meet the speed of the car, meaning that you no longer have to shift gears manually.
Great for your car
So what this means for your car is that you get a much smoother ride, you use less diesel and it makes driving uphill incredibly effortless. Overall, when you drive a car fitted with CVT, you have a more enjoyable driving experience.
Great for the environment
Using CVT is also great for the environment, not just for your car. As your car will be operating at the optimal speed and correct gear transmission, this, in turn, means that your car is more efficient. You will be using and burning less fuel, which is beneficial to the environment. When you drive a car with a manual gearbox, you obviously change gears in relation to your driving speed. This is not the case with CVT, as it is constantly changing, giving your car more mileage and helping the environment at the same time.
So, Which cars have CVT transmission?
CVT is becoming more popular with drivers now having more choices than ever before. Current makes of car that provide CVT include:
- Ford Escape Hybrid; Five Hundred; Focus C-Max 1.6 L, Freestyle and Fusion Hybrid.
- Mitsubishi Lancer; Colt; Outlander.
- Toyota Corolla; Allion; Premio; Highlander; Prius; Avalon; Yaris and Mark X.
- Honda Insight; Civic and Accord.
- Nissan Tiida/Versa; Note S Plus; Compass; Altima; Micra; Rogue; Bluebird: Cube; and Jeep Patriot.
- Rover 25; Streetwise and 45.
- Subaru Forester; Impreza; Outback; Legacy; Stella; R2 and R1.
- Suzuki S-Cross; Forester; Legacy; Impreza; Kizashi and Outback.
So, as you can see, there are many cars that are available to buy with CVT, all within a dynamic price range. There are also older models of cars on the market that have been adapted to include CVT, which includes the likes of Nissan, Rover, Volvo, Fiat and Honda. If you want a more economical car, that is effortless to drive and easier on the environment, then choosing a car with CVT is a wise move.