That may be your opinion but that is not what is taught in advanced driving
schools. While it is true that one uses a lighter throttle, with a
conventional automatic, to get to the a higher gear as the speed increases,
that it not the case with a CVT since a lighter throttle will keep the
tyranny it the HIGHER gear range, thus lower torque range, to get the
vehicle to the desired speed.
As I said torque is what gets you going and the SOONER you get into the
higher range, to sustain the speed desired, the more efficiently the vehicle
will be operating.
Most drivers will do what they should be doing, when passing with a CVT,
because they are accustomed to depressing the throttle with a conventional
tranny when attempting to overtake another vehicle and it automatically
drops into a gear with the improved torque needed to overtake another
So under your theory, the automakers could be getting BETTER MPG
results if they started the CVT at the very bottom end. Yet somehow
they have never figured this out and are passing up that great
opportunity to get better gas mileage because ALL the automotive
engineers except you don't understand how things work.
Speaking as one who has owned 3 cars with CVTs, 2 Altimas and a Rogue,
granted they're Nissans, not Chevys, I can say unequivocally that you are
full of it. The proper way to drive a CVT is identical to the proper way to
drive any automatic. The only car I have ever driven that needed the
throttle to the floor when starting out, was the 48 horsepower '79 diesel
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That may be your opinion but the fact is if you do a search you will
discover that CVT drives are nothing new, they have been around in
industrial use since the nineteenth century.
The power source was steam until the arrival of electric motors when,
because of the fact electric motors develop the greatest amount of torque at
start up, they became the preferred power source for CVT drives.
At least you understand the need for torque for a CVT, but there was no
electricity at the time. When there was it was far less expensive to buy an
eclectic motor, than a boiler to produce the steam, and a steam piston
I would not buy one, but it seemed solid enough. I know plenty of people
with 10 and 15 year old Chevys that have many miles on them. I feel certain
that the Traverse would last just fine. My SO, who is a commited Toyota
owner, claimed she liked the Traverse. I merely thought it was OK.
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