Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SF Bay, CA
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: XT Manual
Transmission: 5 speed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I tested the 2014 N/A and the XT with CVT's. The CVT's are different but so are the engines. The XT had no driveability issues, the N/A had some.
I wonder if the smaller amount of low end torque combined with an auto trans without any manual shifter is the real problem?
When the auto tranny has manual overrides, we get to use our vision and brain to shift before needed, not just react to engine vacuum and other inputs.
Perhaps high engine torque minimizes problems, or at least gives the drivetrain more time to correct without lugging.
BTW, the Ford Focus does not have a CVT. It has a advanced DCT 6 speed auto trans but with a crappy program and no manual shift capability.
I am seeing a pattern here.
Any car with marginal low end torque, combined with any type of auto tranny without some sort of manual override, gives you problems.
The title "The CVT, Learn it and Love it" makes no sense to me.
You can adjust the throttle for some effect, giving up some performance you want.
You cannot "learn" more low end torque into the engine, or "learn" manual shifters onto the CVT.
Subaru should not have omitted the paddle shifters on certain models.
I prefer a manual, but I liked the XT with the 6/8 CVT much better than with the 4EAT.
2006 XT Manual, Cobb Stage1, Premier 205/55-16
Last edited by bashfulbernie; 11-22-2013 at 03:41 AM.