Automaker looks to make continuously variable transmissions feel more traditional

There isn’t much love for continuously variable transmissions amongst automotive journalists or the buying public. While CVTs can offer up improved efficiency, it seems many still prefer their cars to at least feel like they have a traditional automatic versus driving like a snowmobile.

Nissan is responding to criticism of their widely available CVTs by adding D-Step to most units over the next few years. For 2015, the Versa Note, Altima V6, and Pathfinder will receive software tweaks to give steps to their CVTs and more models will follow in 2016. Currently, Nissan Rogue, Sentra, and Altima I4 use D-Step.

D-Step works by causing the transmission to quickly change its driving ratio at around 4,000 rpm thus creating a shift sensation like a traditional automatic.

CORRECTION: In our initial post, we stated Sentra would be receiving D-Step. However, Nissan sent a correction stating Sentra is already equipped with D-Step.

[Source: Automotive News]

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