If you haven’t shopped for a new vehicle in a long time, there’s a chance you’ll hear “CVT” and be at a loss. But really, there’s a lot to gain from purchasing a Nissan equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission. Read on as the team from West End Nissan breaks down what a CVT is, and why you should want one in your next Nissan.
How Does A CVT Work?
Traditional transmissions, whether automatic or manual, use a series of gears to transfer engine power to the wheels. Each gear is set with a shift point, and once your engine hits the predetermined RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) the gear will need to be shifted up or down. A CVT has no gears, but rather two variable-width pulleys attached by a belt. One pulley powers the engine while the other powers the wheels, and the width of the pulleys get larger or smaller as more or less power is needed. Because of this, CVT-equipped vehicles deliver their power in a smooth and efficient manner.
What Are The Benefits?
Due to the efficiency of a CVT, vehicles can get more power out of smaller engines. This means a lighter CVT can be paired with a lighter engine, creating a vehicle that accelerates quicker (and uses less gas doing so). Beyond saving you money at the pump, the lack of gears makes for a more enjoyable drive. For example, when climbing hills conventional automatic transmissions can shift back and forth between gears, or “gear hunt,” as the shift point sits roughly in the middle between optimal performance and optimal power. With a CVT-equipped Nissan there is no gear hunting, only smooth acceleration.
Which Nissan Vehicles Offer A CVT?
You can find CVT-equipped vehicles throughout the Nissan lineup. The Versa Note, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Qashqai, Murano, and Pathfinder all offer trim levels with powerful and efficient Continuously Variable Transmissions. If you’re interested in learning more about CVTs, or test driving a Nissan with this technology, then contact the team at West End Nissan today and we can answer your questions, or set you up with a test drive.