Shared Technologies : Engineering: Powertrain

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) (Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit and HR-V)



What’s the Benefit?

The CVT provides better fuel efficiency36 as well as improved acceleration, when compared to a conventional automatic transmission. 


The Feature:

Honda engineers decided that a continuously variable transmission (CVT) would be the ideal automatic transmission to offer for greater efficiency. 

  • The CVT’s unique, stepless shifting system operates more smoothly than a conventional automatic. 
  • The range of drive ratios available is infinite, allowing optimal engine tuning for efficiency. 
  • A metal drive belt runs between a pair of variable-width pulleys. 
  • When a gear-ratio change is needed, one set of pulley faces is pushed together, and the other is drawn apart. 

A special computer-controlled, hydraulically actuated system changes the CVT’s ratios during driving.