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Old 10-05-2012, 02:32 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by skywaffles View Post
Nope. CVTs offer zero benefit in efficiency over a modern DCT or automatic. Comparing it to Subaru's previous horrible 4EAT is disingenuous.

Ford was an early(ish) adopter of CVTs but they've dropped the use of them entirely. Their PowerShift DCT transmissions offer better gas mileage than a CVT would. CVTs have the benefit of wider ratios, but they do not lock up anywhere near as tight as a DCT or modern auto. They are quite a bit more lossy than you'd expect. Most manufacturers are going with modern automatics or DCTs over CVTs.

Aren't pretty much all hybrids CVT? Including Fords? Also, I believe the new Accord has gone CVT. Audi's? I am sure I am missing some "modern" ones. Oh wait, Nissan is pretty much all CVT. Heck, the next Pathfinder is CVT.
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