Shift into the New Continuously Variable Transmission with a Nissan Altima at Modern Nissan of Hickory

If you’re shopping for a new car like the 2019 Nissan Altima, you might come across the term continuously variable transmission or CVT. As far as you know, you had only heard about manual or automatic, so what’s this new transmission? You might fear that you have to get used to a different way of shifting that will throw off your daily drive around Lincolnton and Morganton. But, in reality, CVT is just a different version of an automatic transmission that doesn’t utilize shifting between gears. Sounds confusing but stay with us- it’s actually a pretty awesome design.

How Does Continuously Variable Transmission Work and How is it Different?

A vehicle with CVT like the Altima doesn’t experience a shift in gears like an automatic transmission, which switches up and down between gears when you reach a certain speed. Rather, the CVT has one “gear” that is variable across all driving situations. With a transmission like this, you won’t feel it shift from one gear to the next but you’ll notice changes in the engine speed- higher in acceleration, lower when cruising.

The CVT will produce the most efficient engine speed for each situation and maintain that speed even if you accelerate rapidly. It doesn’t run through the gears to match your acceleration and keep your engine at a constant speed.

Typically, cars with CVT manage a more efficient drive than other transmissions, so if you’re looking for a model that gets you farther on a single tank of gas, the 2019 Nissan Altima is your sedan of choice! Swing by Modern Nissan of Hickory serving Gastonia, Statesville, Lake Norman and Newton, NC and check out our available new inventory today!

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