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Yoo guys. Still on the fence on which transmission to get. I had a manual FRS and it was a love/hate relationship. I loved it blasting through gears on weekends but sometimes after a long day of work I just wanted a mellow ride and LA traffic sucks. -> If you are interested in that thread -> Anyone else having a hard time deciding between the....

Now that the car has been out for a bit, how are real owners liking the CVT?

EDIT: Also does it have simulated gears in normal/comfort or only sport?
 

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I have the CVT; love it. My kid has a 22 civic hb CVT and they are NOT the same. while yes it's simulated gear shifts, its smooth and you genuinely couldn't tell it's not a standard auto/cvt unless you knew. Once you hit 2-3000 RPM's it's literally super smooth and keeps speed very well. Albeit I'm not at 600 miles yet so I haven't thrown it into sport or individual, I did test drive a non tech cvt on Friday before my purchase and threw it into sport. Same output, same smooth "shifting" and once you get past 50MPH or so, the power was right there in the turbo.

I 100% see the thrill and want for a manual for that more "engaged" drive. Having a CVT isn't as engaging (unless you use the paddle shifters for fun). I would tell anyone getting the CVT or considering it, you won't really be disappointed unless you originally had your heart set on a stick.
 

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I have the CVT; love it. My kid has a 22 civic hb CVT and they are NOT the same. while yes it's simulated gear shifts, its smooth and you genuinely couldn't tell it's not a standard auto/cvt unless you knew. Once you hit 2-3000 RPM's it's literally super smooth and keeps speed very well. Albeit I'm not at 600 miles yet so I haven't thrown it into sport or individual, I did test drive a non tech cvt on Friday before my purchase and threw it into sport. Same output, same smooth "shifting" and once you get past 50MPH or so, the power was right there in the turbo.

I 100% see the thrill and want for a manual for that more "engaged" drive. Having a CVT isn't as engaging (unless you use the paddle shifters for fun). I would tell anyone getting the CVT or considering it, you won't really be disappointed unless you originally had your heart set on a stick.
Ahh so even in normal mode it simulates the gears?

Thank you so much for your response!
 

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Definitely wondering about the Integra CVT after having driven Nissan's for 14 years. With Nissan it felt like only a matter of time before the transmission was going to implode. All those class action lawsuits and people posting in the forums.
 

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Over the summer I rented a '22 Accord EX-L with the 1.5 and CVT. I know the Accord and Integra engines are a bit different and have unique tunes, but the Accord was nice and smooth and plenty quick for a car its size. But what was amazing was passing cars on the highway, accelerating from about 55 to 75. When I punched the Accord it would start moving as the transmission went to a lower ratio and then at about 60-65, the car just took off at a very surprising rate of acceleration for a 1.5 four running at that speed. It almost felt like a healthy VTEC crossover. I assume it was the transmission finding the optimum ratio for the spooled up turbo, but whatever it was, it was fun. If the 10% lighter, higher hp Integra with CVT can do that trick too, it would be a blast to drive.
 

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Over the summer I rented a '22 Accord EX-L with the 1.5 and CVT. I know the Accord and Integra engines are a bit different and have unique tunes, but the Accord was nice and smooth and plenty quick for a car its size. But what was amazing was passing cars on the highway, accelerating from about 55 to 75. When I punched the Accord it would start moving as the transmission went to a lower ratio and then at about 60-65, the car just took off at a very surprising rate of acceleration for a 1.5 four running at that speed. It almost felt like a healthy VTEC crossover. I assume it was the transmission finding the optimum ratio for the spooled up turbo, but whatever it was, it was fun. If the 10% lighter, higher hp Integra with CVT can do that trick too, it would be a blast to drive.
It totally can because I'm having that exact experience in my integra. At higher speeds, it's really exhilerating when punching from 55 and up.
 

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I have the CVT; love it. My kid has a 22 civic hb CVT and they are NOT the same. while yes it's simulated gear shifts, its smooth and you genuinely couldn't tell it's not a standard auto/cvt unless you knew. Once you hit 2-3000 RPM's it's literally super smooth and keeps speed very well. Albeit I'm not at 600 miles yet so I haven't thrown it into sport or individual, I did test drive a non tech cvt on Friday before my purchase and threw it into sport. Same output, same smooth "shifting" and once you get past 50MPH or so, the power was right there in the turbo.

I 100% see the thrill and want for a manual for that more "engaged" drive. Having a CVT isn't as engaging (unless you use the paddle shifters for fun). I would tell anyone getting the CVT or considering it, you won't really be disappointed unless you originally had your heart set on a stick.
I'm curious, since this is my first CVT. Generally speaking the ride has been great, but at lower speeds I feel like the car feels really heavy. At the 15-30 mph which is the speed I mostly get driving in the city, the car doesn't feel smooth at all. It seems to be constantly "shifting gears" at that range when I take my foot off the gas, and I get what feels like engine breaking if I'm trying to coast to that next traffic light. The car slows from 25 to 10 naturally in a couple of seconds. Dunno if the car is just breaking in, or if CVT's operate like this, or if this is the simulated experience of a manual. Until the Integra all I've known were Priuses which definitely can't compete when it comes to speed at the high ends but almost seems to feel smoother at slower speeds.

EDIT: On further thought this could be the simulated manual experience with sport mode. I presume at slower speeds and the way I drive the gear shifts quickly to get you better response or something but the car hasn't caught up to the right speed so if I take my foot off the gear is too high? Since I don't really know anything about car gears I'm not sure what's going on.
 
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