Originally Posted by Commander Keen
The drag of the torque converter and belt seem to negate whatever advantage continuous ratios provide, as shown by the 0-60 time. In conditions where you might get the advertised 36MPG, the CVT will be stuck in its tallest ratio anyway.
The taller ratio doesn't hold as well and it automatically downshifts sooner at higher speeds under even lesser grades, which exacerbates the increased fuel usage. I suspect at high speeds it can't even hold high gear on flat ground, which might cause the AT overheating problem.