Your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most important mechanical components, so understanding how it works is important if you want to know how your car will operate. We are often asked what a CVT is, and which Honda models are equipped with one. We’ve got all the answers for you here, and you can also call us at 910-346-4944 or contact us below to speak with a Honda expert.  

What is a CVT?

A CVT is a type of transmission found under the hood of smaller vehicles. It stands for continuously variable transmission, meaning it is an automatic transmission that can help improve fuel economy. Sounds like a great option to us!  

How Does a CVT Work?

When you think of a transmission, you probably think of a lot of gears and components working together to shift into higher or lower gears depending on your driving. A CVT is different in that it does not have gears to serve as transitions between low and high speeds, instead powering your vehicle through the use of cone-shaped pulleys connected by a belt. It’s a simple system! One side of the pulley is fixed and the other is movable, powered by a hydraulic cylinder. By varying the space between the two sides of the pulley, the cylinder moves the connecting belt to a lower or higher position. That is how a CVT changes “gears.”

How Does a CVT Improve Fuel Efficiency?

By forgoing the sometimes-clunky transitions of a traditional transmission, a CVT offers seamless performance and is better at performing in an optimum power range. This is how it helps increase fuel efficiency for drivers on the road.

Why Should I Choose a CVT?

A CVT has fewer components, so repairs will be simpler and possibly cheaper than a traditional transmission with its hundreds of moving parts. If you want smooth acceleration and easy adaptation to a variety of driving conditions, a CVT is a great choice for you.

Which Honda Models Have a CVT?

The Honda Civic, Insight, Fit, and CR-V come with CVTs. Whether you’re interested in the popular and reliable Civic, the fun and fab Fit, or the capable and spacious CR-V, there’s a Honda for you. Interested in a different vehicle? Our lineup of high-performing Honda models is ready for you to explore. If you’re interested in pre-owned models with CVTs or would like to learn more about the Honda lineup, contact us below! You can also call our team of Honda experts at 910-346-4944 or visit us in our showroom at 2221 N Marine Boulevard in Jacksonville.  

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