Originally Posted by Commander Keen
The CVT has one thing going for it:
-A taller overall gear ratio.
Everything else suggests the 5MT would do better with a skilled driver:
-5MT is lighter
-5MT doesn't dissipate significant amounts of energy as heat (AT TEMP light)
-5MT doesn't need to move through several gallons of cold, viscous fluid on startup
-5MT doesn't steal heat from the engine
-5MT's 0-60 time is better despite fixed gear ratios and interrupted acceleration, suggesting lower drivetrain loss
I don't know whether the CVT's EPA rating should be lower, but that it's higher than the 5MT's is suspicious.
It also has constantly adapting gear ratios setting themselves up for optimal efficiency...