Originally Posted by ST Eye
I test drove the 5 speed and I own(ed) the CVT. I will say that the CVT feel torquey like others have mentioned. I think the mating of the CVT with this relatively low powered motor is great. The initial acceleration feels nice.
The 5 speed on the other hand felt very under-powered off the line. I would test drive both before making a decision if you are on the fence. I am a manual transmission type of guy, but I felt that getting the CVT was the right decision.
The only problem with your seat of the pants observation is that when tested the 5 speed out accelerated the cvt 0 - 60 mph.