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Subaru CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Subaru CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

It used to be that manual transmissions delivered better fuel economy than automatics; but that is no longer the case when you consider how efficient the Subaru CVT transmission works.

On this page we'll explain how the Subaru CVT works with simple to understand videos and how it compares to manual and traditional automatic trans-missions. You will also learn which Subaru models offer the CVT transmission.

Manchester Subaru

764 Second St
Directions Manchester, NH 03102

  • Sales: (866) 992-7097
  • Service: (866) 992-7097
  • Parts: (866) 992-7097

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Subaru's Lineartronic CVT uses two hydraulically operated, adjustable  pulleys with a chain link that runs between and connects them. By adjusting the pulleys you can maximize performance and fuel economy without traditional gears!


As you can see, a continuously   variable transmission functions as if it has an infinite number of gear   ratios, constantly seeking the sweet spot between power and performance. We daresay it's much faster and smarter than human input   (manual transmission).  Subaru CVT changes from ratio to ratio are   step-less, contributing to the powertrain's smooth operation. Traditional   automatic transmissions shift during a given minimum and maximum RPM   which causes the slight lurch you are accustomed to. This decreases   your fuel economy and doesn't give you the maximum power when you need   it. The Subaru CVT offers the benefits of fewer mechanical  breakdowns, increased fuel economy and power when you need it.
Manual Mode
Just because you're driving a Subaru CVT vehicle doesn't mean that you are "along for the ride". After all, you are not driving your grandfathers Buick! The Subaru Lineartronic CVT can simulate a manual transmission by using programed "speeds" that hold the CVT pulleys in "fixed" positions. The number of positions varies by model from 1-8. It's like staying in "second gear" going down a snowy slope or when you need to "downshift" to accelerate onto a freeway. You are always in control.

Changing ratios is accomplished by tapping the +/- steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (on most models) - image left. 
  
How Subaru CVT Affects Fuel Economy (MPG City/Hwy) vs Manual Transmission
 
 
Engine Size
5-spd Manual
6-spd Manual
   CVT   
2017 Forester
2.5L
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22/28
26/32
2017 Impreza
2.0L
24/32
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28/38
2017 Legacy
2.5L
---
---
25/34
2017 Outback
2.5L
---
---
25/32
2017  Crosstrek
2.0L
23/30
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26/33

Official Source: www.fueleconomy.gov
BENEFITS OF CVT
The Subaru Lineartronic CVT has several benefits:

Smooth operation: Continuous, step-less variation of the width of the drive and driven pulleys takes place without mechanical gear changes. Other than the response of the powertrain relative to driver input, there is no sense of upshifting or downshifting. The end result is smooth operation, which contributes to passenger comfort.

Fuel efficiency: The control modules for the engine and transmission keep the engine in its optimal power range, changing CVT pulley ratios to achieve improved fuel economy and performance.

Improved response: By eliminating gear changes, the step-less CVT enables the powertrain to be more responsive to changes in throttle application and vehicle speed. For example, there is no gear hunting when driving uphill. This is particularly evident on cruise control.

Maintenance free: The Subaru CVT is a sealed unit and requires no regularly scheduled maintenance - kind of like a maintenance-free battery.

Fun to drive: By simulating the operation of a manual transmission, the Lineartronic CVT's manual mode increases driver involvement and makes the vehicle more fun to drive.

Interior comfort: By incorporating chain drive in the CVT's design, Subaru was able to engineer a more compact unit. That enabled increased space for the passenger cabin, with more leg room, in particular.

Altogether, the Subaru Lineartronic CVT adds to the premium driving experience by allowing you to save money and still have FUN!
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