What is a CVT Transmission?

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Most Chevy vehicles come with an automatic transmission, and in some cases, a manual transmission. One of the lesser-known types of transmissions among Champlin drivers is a CVT transmission. 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. We break down everything you need to know about CVT, including which Chevy vehicles have a CVT, how CVT works, and the benefits of a CVT transmission.


What Chevy Vehicles Have a CVT?

CVT stands for continuously variable transmission and is also known as shiftless transmissions, stepless transmission, and pulley transmissions. 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. Some examples are the Chevy Malibu and the Chevy Trailblazer. Another discontinued Chevy model with CVT is the Chevy Spark (which can be found in our pre-owned inventory).

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 utilize a series of different gears (high gear, low gear), CVT transmissions do not. 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. You do not have to shift using a knob or paddle with a CVT vehicle.

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. CVTs also provide a smoother driving experience. 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 near Blaine.

Find a Chevrolet with a CVT at Mauer Main Chevrolet!

Whether it’s for smooth driving thrills, or to save more on the Brooklyn Park pumps, a CVT Chevy like the Malibu or Trailblazer will be sure to amplify the way you drive. 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 (763) 575-7806.


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