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What is a CVT Transmission?

For many years, a great debate has raged over which is the better transmission: automatic or manual? However, at Nissan 24, we’re inclined to say neither.

Some Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton drivers may not be aware that there’s a third option. The CVT is an incredible transmission with tons of benefits for drivers, and we’re going to show them all to you now.

How Does a CVT Transmission Work?

Before we get into explaining what the CVT can do, we should really talk about what it actually is. Be prepared: there’s a bit of jargon ahead. Still, we promise it all boils down to one simple outcome.

CVT stands for “continuously variable transmission.” Essentially, it differs in that your standard transmission includes several different gears that drivers must shift through. These different gears create a noticeable transition that sometimes results in lag.

The CVT, on the other hand, has several ratios, but they’re all housed in a single gearbox. So, you’re not switching gears. You’re just transitioning between ratios—and it all feels seamless.

Breaking Down the Continually Variable Transmission

Want to know where the “continually” in the CVT comes from? Well, everything about this transmission is constant. Ratios are shifting continually without manual guidance. Input shifts maintain continuous angular velocity.

That all might sound complicated, but what’s it’s really doing is simplifying your transmission, allowing you to maintain constant engine speeds. You’ll be able to accelerate in the so-called sweet spot for hours.

The Benefits of the Nissan CVT Transmission

If you’re unfamiliar with the CVT, it’s likely because not many automakers have mastered them yet. Nissan, with their Xtronic CVT®, is one of the forerunners in CVT implementation. Seeing how popular the Xtronic CVT® has grown, Honda and Subaru have developed their own CVT transmissions. However, they still can’t compare to the original.

When you choose the Nissan CVT transmission, you’re bound to find several benefits. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Your ride is smooth and quiet: You may have been able to guess this one already. Those constant speeds and ratio transitions make for an exceptionally smooth and quiet drive.
  • You’ll save on gas: The CVT expends less energy switching ratios, which means it eats up less gas.
  • Better engine response: Without any of the standard transmission lag, it’ll be much easier for drivers to go from 0 to 60 MPH. If you like going fast, then this is the transmission for you.
  • Reliability: Naturally, the CVT cuts out quite a few of the components you’ll find in the standard transmission, making for a far simpler piece of machinery. This leaves less room for error and, ultimately, far more longevity.

Choose the Nissan CVT Transmission in Your Next Car

Are you in the market for a new vehicle here in Brockton, Randolph, or Stoughton? Before you decide on anything, be sure to give a CVT vehicle a try. In particular, why not give the Nissan CVT transmission a go? Contact Nissan 24 to set up a test drive.