CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission, and you might have noticed these systems popping up in more and more new vehicles. Instead of moving between traditional fixed gears, as with either a manual or automatic system, CVT systems use a belt and pulleys to constantly change the gear ratio. This comes with a number of benefits, and these systems are usually associated with hybrids, or with other models that aim for high mileage ratings.
However, that doesn't mean they aren't also outstanding for off-roading. If you're looking for an SUV or crossover with all-wheel drive (AWD), here are just four reasons why you should opt for one that comes with CVT.
1. Unwavering Performance
With a CVT system working beneath your hood, you'll find that shifts occur seamlessly. Unlike with manual or automatic systems, there's no sudden loss of power when a shift is made. Instead CVT is able to keep the engine performing at its peak power at all times. When you're driving off-road, this kind of dependable power delivery is always going to be advantageous; sudden reductions in power can leave you stuck.
2. Minimal Maintenance
CVT systems represent one of the cutting-edge innovations of modern automotive engineering, which might make you think they are less rugged and dependable than traditional transmissions. However, CVT systems employ fewer moving parts than traditional systems. That means a reduction in friction, and that means a reducing in wear and tear. Given the fact that off-roading often takes you far from tow services and auto shops, this kind of reliability is a must.
3. Decreased Fuel Consumption
SUVs and crossovers aren't normally known for producing outstanding efficiency ratings, but this is changing due to new advances. One of those advances is CVT. The same drop in power that occurs between shifts with a traditional system results in a drop in fuel economy, while CVT requires no such drops and stays at the optimal gear range for an efficient drive at all times. You'll be able to enjoy your off-roading without worry about burning too much fuel; in addition to reduced costs, that means being able to stay away from civilisation longer.
4. Reduced Weight
Finally, CVT systems are usually much lighter than manual or automatic alternatives. Reducing the weight of a vehicle used for heading off-road means that you'll enjoy a more responsive ride and better traction; that's one of the reasons why auto manufacturers are constantly experimenting with new materials, such as aluminium, in order to make their SUVs, crossovers, and trucks drop a few pounds for each new model. Contact a local auto dealer for further assistance.
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