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Old 12-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #58
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Originally Posted by chanomatik View Post
CVT is MUCH smoother than a 4+ speed automatic. Have you driven one? I have and many others have, also. I have yet to hear anyone say they prefer the traditional automatic over the CVT after using the CVT.
Let me be the first. I drove a loaner 2011 Outback with 2.5 and CVT for a few days. I prefer a 4 spd automatic ;-)

My issue is with the standing start. It just falls flat, sorta scary pulling out into traffic, you have to be quick across the oncoming lane around Boston and the CVT can't get it done. That is my only problem with the whole thing but for me it would be a deal breaker. The Nissan version in the Altima is not as bad standing start it is livable. Maybe they have fixed that with the latest versions.
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