We have just received a Nissan Altima S in our Top Speed test fleet.
Although this looks like a basic four cylinder midsize five passenger people mover, that is because it is.
Beneath our Altima’s gold painted body, connected to the stylish 16 inch wheels; is a continuously variable transmission.
This Xtronic CVT replaces the traditional cog swapper and is supposed to hold the engine at a desired RPM, while varying the distance between two different sized sprockets, which makes the vehicle accelerate.
This has the benefit of smoother acceleration, as well as a more efficient drive.
Pretty neat stuff, eh?