BENEFITS OF CVTThe 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!