2014 Toyota Corolla with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) - Test Drive and Tech Talk

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Gregory Berdette heads out in the 2014 Toyota Corolla S with the CVT and paddle shifts to see what this continuously variable transmission (CVT) is like to drive. Toyota have chosen to make this CVT replicate a typical automatic transmission. This is good for replicating a natural shift feeling and will appeal to the majority of buyers. However, this 'shift' philosophy does not utilize a CVT's characteristics to the maximum. With a CVT, you can have the engine rev at its peak horsepower while the transmission provides acceleration. In vehicles with small engines, this is the best configuration to get the most from the engine. Honda uses this philosophy in its Accord CVT transmission.

The paddle shifters were actually fun to use on this Corolla. The CVT has been tuned to provide snappy shifts, even though it doesn't have to. This creates a sensation of performance, which is fun to have if you have the paddle shifters.

I would recommend the paddle shifters with the CVT in the Corolla, if that is what you are looking for. Conversely, I would not recommend the paddle shifters in the Accord Sport because they are slow. Instead, the Accord CVT Touring would be a better option. Just let the drive train handle everything for you.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla: http://youtu.be/parP5E3tFjk

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