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Does anyone else feel the Crosstrek CVT is slow to engage into drive when switching from reverse? It doesn't bug me that much, but there is more noticeable lag from reverse to drive than most other cars I've driven. I go to put it in "gear", press the gas, and it still takes a second or two to engage.

Not a big deal, I just wanted to see if others are experiencing the same thing.
 

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Yeah, I've noticed it, too, particularly when going back and forth between D and R, as when parallel parking. Not that big a deal and I've so far just chalked it up to the CVT and me being unfamiliar with the technology. Is this not normal?
 

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It's a pretty standard "issue" with any CVT and is just the nature of the beast. I'm pretty much used to it by now.
 

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ClubCrosstrek said:
That's basically what I gathered in my Google searches. Lots of other car owners were having the same "issue".
Every CVT I've driven does the same thing. I think without gears or clutch packs like a normal auto there is simply no way to avoid the time it takes to get the CVT into drive.
 

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Magic is basically it! So where a normal transmission has either gears or clutch packs the CVT uses cones, thus the ability to change the "gear" ratio constantly. That's in simple terms, but magic is also accurate.
 

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"Continuously variable" is the term that best describes it, as the name itself implies.

It is "continuously" changing the gear ratio as you drive, so it's not "shifting" gears, it's "sliding", infinitely varying between a maximum and minimum ratio.

Just imagine the gears on a mountain bike. But instead of shifting into cogs, just imagine the belt sliding into the "perfect" ratios continuously as you drive. It's magic. It's theoretically the best type of transmission as the engine can stay in the revs that the transmission computer deems most efficient or powerful in the rev-range.
 

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Shhh! If we keep talking about the magic the wizards at Subaru might catch on and curse us all!

But yes, that's exactly how it works, no gears, just cones and wizardry to keep the ratio spot on.
 
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