Automatic vs. CVT
Go ahead… take it for a spin
When driving a car equipped with a CVT, there is no noticeable shifting like you would feel with an automatic transmission. In a regular automatic transmission, the engine speed drops during the shift from first to second, third to fourth, and so on. In a CVT-equipped car, the RPM never drops.
For example, when you punch the accelerator on a CVT-equipped car, the RPM will rise to where the engine makes the most power, let’s say 5,000 RPM; and it stays there while the vehicle accelerates. It almost feels like the transmission is slipping, even though everything is fine. The change takes some getting used to.