Sometimes understanding all of the cutting-edge technology in Honda vehicles can be overwhelming, so Huggins Honda is here to help break it down. One of the latest innovations from Honda is Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which improves fuel economy and vehicle stability using the transmission.

How It Works

Traditional automatic transmissions use a series of gears to transfer power from the engine to the wheels. The gears have different sizes, and some transmissions have more gears than others. An automatic transmission knows when to shift from one size gear to another at different times depending on power output and speed.

Honda’s CVT breaks the mold and replaces the gears with a belt and pulley system. The belt is flexible and durable and the pulleys can shift to change the diameter of the area meeting the belt, essentially giving the system "infinite" gears.

Better Fuel Efficiency

Every engine has a range where the power transferred to the wheels is most efficient for different speeds and driving conditions. For example, maintaining high speed while cruising on a flat road is different than while climbing a steep hill. CVT finds any the most efficient range for any vehicle in any given driving condition and keeps the engine running within this range, improving fuel economy.

A Smoother Ride

When a traditional automatic transmission shifts between gears, the shifting creates a brief interruption in the power getting from the engine to the wheels, which in turn causes a short but noticeable jolt in the ride. Since a Continuously Variable Transmission “continuously varies” instead of shifts, there is no jolt, which means passengers enjoy a smooth, jolt-free ride.


Of course, even this explanation doesn’t help understanding compared to the real thing. To schedule a test drive and experience the smooth ride of any one of our CVT-equipped Honda models, visit Huggins Honda in person or contact us today. We can’t wait to show you!

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