CVTs (Continuous Variable Transmissions) are cheaper to build and get around 6% better gas mileage over automatic transmissions, says auto mechanic Scotty Kilmer. Because of these features, more and more manufacturers are putting CVTs in their cars—in some models they are the only option. But are they any good?
In Scotty’s experience, Nissan makes terrible CVTs, but Toyota’s CVTs are quite reliable. Best advice, research the model and manufacturer’s history with CVTs. Or just go with Toyota 🙂
Over time, since CVTs are mechanically simpler than regular automatic transmissions, manufacturers will work out the kinks and make reliable CVTs. But for now, be cautious and do your research—or stick with vanilla automatic or standard transmissions from reliable manufacturers (Toyota).