Monday, September 05, 2005

Cruise control is smooth

We'll cover the CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission in a future post, but I can provide some observations on it; especially on how it helps the Cruise Control feature. If I had to use one word to desribe the overall shifting of the Highlander Hybrid, it would be: smooth. You often don't feel the shifts.

It's especially nice with the Cruise Control. I used it this morning on the way to WaWa for coffee. I set the cruise at 45 and sat back. The ride has two good-sized hills and with my old vehicle you could really hear and feel the downshift as it went up the hills. The Hybrid was much quieter and smoother due to the CVT.


At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't feel any shifts because there are none. The transmission is extremely simple consisting of a single planetary set with the engine connected to the planet carrier, the generator connected to the sun gear and the axel connected to the ring gear. As you can see the engine power is split between the axel and the generator which powers the motors and battery. Much simpler and more efficient than Honda which actually uses an automatic transmission!


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