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I am considering buying a Cube and am trying to decide stick vs. CVT. I know the CVT is rated higher MPG but wondered if that really ends up making a difference. Also, if in the future, I decide to turbo it or who knows what, would a CVT be able to handle more power? I know I could always get a better clutch but wasn't sure which transmission could handle extra power better.
 

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Although some drivers have gotten amazing milage from the manual, the EPA estimates are proving the difference between the two transmissions with the average driver.

Good luck finding modifications for anything involving the CVT. Even the dealership are scared s***less of trying repair it, much less make modifications.

As far as whether the transmission could handle it, I don't honestly know. I do know that the transmission was NOT built for power, it was built for fuel efficiency. The CVT does not run at high RPM's unless you are accellerating or turn the overdrive off. And judging by the summary I just read on Wikipedia (turbocharger= more power) I would not suggest putting one in a CVT. Trying to run more power to the transmission would probably risk breaking the belt. Then you're out about $4k for a new CVT transmission.

Go with the manual.
 

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if you really want to install those mods, absolutely get the manual. according to anecdotal reports on these forums, the manual and CVT cube get comparable MPG.
 

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With the past experience with CVT's that I've had (Honda Civics / Nissan Murano) they don't hold up well under hard use. I'm planning on picking up a 6 speed in mine due to the fact I plan on modding it.

-Dylan @ Kei Garage
 

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And if you follow the has mileage threads the manual is getting the same fuel mileage as the cvt when driven sensibility.
 

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Agreed. My wife drive a Prius and how you drive really shows up in the mileage you get. Same with the Cube. I think the CVT would get much better than the six speed if one could hypermile in it but hard to do with the CVT.
 
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