I am on my second CVT, the first was a Calibre, and the second a Nissan Cube. I wouldn't go back to a gearbox by choice. There is no question about the efficiency, but there is an additional advantage if you live in hilly country like Alabama. In running downhill on steep grades, set your cruise on the desired speed, and guess what, No braking required except on very step grades. And to address smoothness, "It don't get much better. Another factor in around town mileage is the fact that my both of the CVTS allow the torque converter to lock up at 15 mph instead of 30 with most transmissions
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I love CVT just from technology point of view. Never driven one but looking forward to it. In my opinion, car makers do not need to simulate gear shift when indeed there is none. Present the CVT behaviour just the way it is. CVT has the advantage of fuel economy and for me that's enough for it's acceptance. Car makers should work on improving its reliability and reduce its noise.