Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Lakeville, Mass
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Back in 2013 when this vehicle first came out I was very intrigued, I liked the looks and many innovations of the time. I had concerns mostly co$t but also the CVT, I had no familiarity with the unit and couldn’t grasp its operation/performance. I didn’t buy one back in ‘13 and when I shopped for a 3-row suv in ‘17 I purchased an MDX instead. When that sh*t the bed, I was shopping again 4 months later. I was not really considering a QX still hesitant about the CVT, so what changed. Over two consecutive weeks I was in a Subaru Forester and an Impreza sedan, they also use a CVT, I did more reading and found they co developed this transmission with Nissan. I see many high mileage Subies around that people swear by. In an around this time I spent a month in a nicely trimmed Rogue SUV and was very impressed almost bought one but my wife wanted more frills. So here we are.
Is the CVT different? Yes
Acceleration better with this motor combination than the smaller motor, it goes when you want, yes you hear it and it’s different, no traditional gear shifts just progressively less volume. It doesn’t hunt for a lower gear when you want to merge it just pushes ahead I had a lot of seat time in an MDX with a 9-speed transmission talk about uncertain shifts.
When you slow down it does sound different as well there is no downshifting and you can faintly hear whirring/whining noises, I’m not that well spoken on the engineering of the unit but it doesn’t downshift to help slow you there is something else going on altogether.
The transmission mode selector knob actually does things, try it find where you are comfortable and leave it there. I use standard or eco mostly, snow when necessary.
Overall I have grown accustomed to the CVT and don’t have issues with it. Strange to me as I am an individual who wouldn’t have a daily driver without a clutch until I was 50.
On a separate note the steering is electronic, as many cars of all sizes are it is different as well but not strange or scary. Many modern cars have any combination of steer, brake, accelerate by wire all working in conjunction with the many stability control systems we have.
I sometimes sum it up like this my ‘72 Triumph TR6 had 4 separate fuses, when I replaced that car with a 1994 Mercedes SL320 I realized the difference was huge as that car had 4-separate fuse boxes and literally over 100 fuses and relays to control the systems. Technology is even more prevalent today all across the $ spectrum.
These big Barges are quite nice when you view them with an open mind.
Happy motoring I know I am.