Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Car Year: 2019
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
car shudders at low speeds
The 2019 Forester is the first car I've used with a CVT, so I don't know what to expect from normal CVT performance. What I've observed is that when driving in the 20-30 mph range (with the I setting, not the S), under certain conditions I feel the car shudder or jerk. This is particularly noticeable when when letting up on the accelerator where it feels like the car jerks back as though engine braking is coming on hard. It is less noticeable but still present when sometimes it feels like the car surges forward (but I haven't yet been able to determine what triggers that feeling).
None of these seem dangerous as they are all happening at relatively low speeds. But they make the car feel a bit jerky when operating in the 20-30 MPH range. Is this normal CVT performance?