What is a CVT Transmission?

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Opting for a Chevy with a CVT transmission is a great option if you’re seeking a smooth and exhilarating driving experience in Eagan. But, what is a CVT transmission? A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic transmission that changes gear ratios without interruption CVTs are also known as shiftless transmissions, stepless transmissions, and pulley transmissions. Mauer Chevrolet goes more into detail about everything you need to know about CVT vehicles, how they work, and they can benefit specific Woodbury drivers like you.


More About CVTs

To review earlier, CVT stands for continuously variable transmission and is also known as shiftless transmission, stepless transmission, and pulley transmission. CVTs are a type of automatic that alternate fixed-gear ratio for infinitely variable ratios, two pulleys, and an interceding chain or belt. CVTs are frequently found in compact and fuel-efficient vehicles. Examples of Chevy vehicles that are offered with CVTs are the Chevy Malibu and the Chevy Trailblazer.

How Does a CVT Work?

So, how does a CVT work, and how does it differ from the standard automatic transmission? Unlike regular transmissions that power vehicles using a series of different gears, CVT transmissions do not have your typical high and low gears to shift between. Rather than using gear systems, CVTs utilize cone-shaped pulley systems that are connected by an intervening belt or chain. The fixed side of a CVT remains still, while the other side adjusts its movement to the speed of your vehicle by using a hydraulic cylinder. The cylinder alters the distance between the pulley’s two sides, so the belt moves higher or lower depending on your speed. Shifting using a shift knob or shift paddles isn’t necessary for CVTs.

What are the Benefits of a CVT?

The primary benefit of a CVT is increased fuel efficiency. This is because a CVT doesn’t have to switch between gears, and can operate within the ideal power range without depleting additional fuel. Another benefit of CVTs is that they have a simpler design and fewer parts, meaning that you can expect to enjoy lower maintenance costs the next time you need to schedule transmission service.

Find a Chevrolet with a CVT at Mauer Chevrolet!

If you’re looking to save on the pumps on St. Paul, you’d be wise to go with a CVT Chevy. Let the team at Mauer Chevrolet get you behind the wheel to test drive any of our new CVT models, like the Malibu in Inver Grove Heights. If you have any more questions about CVTs or would like to schedule a test drive, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (651) 356-6090.


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