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Old 01-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #15098
Commander Keen
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Join Date: May 2012
Chapter/Region: MAIC
2012 Impreza 4DR 5MT


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.
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