After testing the MC manual and the MCs auto and enjoying them both for different reasons, I tried a MC CVT because that's the model I've had my eye on.
Wow, what a shock. I know you have to give up some power with an a/t, but the way this CVT pulls off from a start is unreal! Lumbering and slothlike. Once you get it up to speed and the RPMs are up over 3k, the little MC base engine performs beautifully, but for getting going the CVT is a big dissappointment. This thread discusses how it is "jerky", but I'm not sure I'd describe it that way. Like I said, slow and lumbering is more like it. Actually I just tested a 2005 Toyota Prius too and I hate to say this, but the CVT feels almost identical from a slow or dead stop. Stepping on the gas in D or SD mode, the car just limps ahead. I'd hate to have to get out of a quick jam with this.
The sales guy driving with me says they all feel like that, but I'm guessing he doesn't know what he's talking about. I'm hoping the CVT does adjust eventually and give you instant power when you need it off a stop. But actually, after reading a bit in this thread, I'm feeling less confident about that.
I'm frightened to buy a CVT and after 500K if it's still crawling off a start, I'm going to regret my purchase.
Could I have just had a lemon CVT or one that has been auto-tuned improperly by all the demo driving on it?
The MCs auto trans on the other hand didn't seem to suffer from this issue. I may have to bite the bullet (the rather expensive bullet) and get a MCs.
But I want my MC CVT and I want it to work right!