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Monday, February 08, 2010

Subaru CVT

Scott Burgess writing at the Detroit News (article here) reviews the Subaru Legacy with CVT.

Really, the only way to sanely drive the Legacy Limited is with the paddle shifters. If you don't use them and leave the car in automatic mode, it's confusing and uncomfortable.

When you launch the vehicle, its revs tend to jump and then stay too high. Because the shift points are gone, something feels off -- though the Legacy is performing exactly the way it was designed. The CVT searches for the most efficient engine speed to produce the power it needs -- this is one of the reasons CVTs provide better gas mileage.


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The Subaru CVT is a metal-belted, pulley-based CVT, which is considered the most reliable. Subaru provides transmission "uninterrupted power that maximizes fuel efficiency".

Anonymous said...

It's a great transmission that controls the RPMs well. The test drive is the clincher: smooth as silk, you get up to speed before you know it (no shift points,and coasting to a stoplight makes you think you're downshifting.