If you know anything about new Honda vehicles, you have probably heard about the Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, which is an option for many models. So, how does the Honda CVT transmission work? The CVT is a highly efficient automatic transmission which is designed to change without needing gear changes. This design also allows for a smoother ride with seamless acceleration. Honda explains the CVT by comparing it to a bicycle which does not need to shift gears. If we were to add the Continuously Variable Transmission to a bike, no matter if the bike was headed up a hill or on a straight path, the peddling would always be consistent, offering the same amount of ease for the rider.
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In a vehicle equipped with the Continuously Variable Transmission, the engine will always maintain low rpms, even during acceleration, which means the acceleration is not as hard on the engine. The CVT works by combining a variable diameter pulley system and drive belt which will use a continuously variable ratio to transmit power. This allows the vehicle to maintain a smooth ride despite changes to road conditions and acceleration.
We will use the 2015 Honda Civic as an example to show how much fuel economy can be improved through he use of a Continuously variable transmission. With a manual transmission, the Civic will reach fuel economy ratings of 8.6 city and 6.6 highway L/100 km. If we equip the Civic with the automatic CVT, the fuel economy ratings improve to 7.9 city and 6.1 highway L/100km.
The Continuously Variable Transmission is available in a variety of Honda models like the Accord, CR-V, and HR-V. To learn more about the benefits of the Continuously Variable Transmission, contact our friendly staff here at Wheaton Honda and we will be happy to provide more information. If you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area, you can also stop into our dealership and take one of the vehicles equipped with the CVT for a test drive to see how it handles.