CVT Transmission Fluid

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CVT Transmission Services

Do you have a CVT Transmission in your vehicle? It’s important to know, especially if you live in a cold climate.

If you don’t know whether or not your car has one, you should find out! These transmissions are notoriously finicky in subarctic climates and require special care. Failure to adhere to a “hazardous duty” schedule with CVT-equipped vehicles routinely results in failure and the need for a total rebuild.

Here is an updated list of all the vehicles that use the CVT Transmission. The updated list is categorized by make and model. From here you can search by engine displacement.

  • Buick: Encore GX
  • Chevrolet: Malibu, Spark
  • Ford: Escape Hybrid, Escape plug-in hybrid, Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid), Fusion Hybrid
  • Honda: Accord, Accord Hybrid, Civic, Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, CR-V, Fit, HR-V, Insight
  • Hyundai: Accent, Elantra, Venue
  • Infiniti: QX50, QX60
  • Kia: Forte, Rio, Soul
  • Lexus: ES 300h, NX 300h, RX 450h, RX 450hL, UX 250h
  • Lincoln: MKX Hybrid
  • Mitsubishi: Eclipse Cross, Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander, Outlander Sport
  • Nissan: Altima, Kicks, Maxima, Murano, NV200, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Versa
  • Subaru: Ascent, Crosstrek, Crosstrek Hybrid, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback
  • Toyota: Avalon Hybrid, C-HR, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid), RAV4 Hybrid

If yours is on that list and you don’t know whether or not the fluid has been exchanged in the past 15-20K miles, schedule an inspection. You will save yourself a bundle.

New Vehicles equipped with CVT including displacement

Old automobiles equipped with CVT

The challenge for CVT fluid in Fairbanks climate

The problem is simple. The CVT does not recommend fluid changes. However, in our climate look what happens to the fluid in just 10K miles. It breaks down significantly and does not offer the lubrication necessary to function properly over the span of thousands of miles.