The only experiences I've had with cvt's are an early outback and a murano. The outback felt like I left the hand brake on. The murano was better. Its my mother in laws car. Its done around 110,000 miles and has never had a transmission issue. I believe it tows a small trailer every once in a while. It drives like a normal automatic in regular every day commuter style but if you romp on it it goes up to about 6000rpm and just sits there making noise. It progresses OK but I find myself constantly checking the speedometer as there is zero feedback.