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So i see the new 2020 elantra has a new transmission.. call the IVT.. sorta like a CVT but using a chain? vs belt.

When we were in Hawaii in 2013 the rental car a nissan had a CVT transmission which was a smooth as silk and get about 30 mpg.. (big island) and if you have been to BI you know there is not many flat spot on the island..

When we got back I was at my local mech shop getting some work done on one of the vans and got to talking with the transmission guy.. I was commenting about how smooth the trans was and was like WOW..

He was like that same trans tech was used in a jag and it was a crap trans.. not the tran it self but the metal belt needing to be replaced at about 100K miles.. you have to dig it out of the trans to replace.. not a cheap deal.

So now i see in the 2020 hyundai they are using the IVT trans.. I tend to NOT want to be the lamb at slaughter for the new stuff..

was most going to suggest to the daughter, she is one looking, to maybe go with the proven 6 speed trans in the 2019 and let this IVT prove it self out or not..


thoughts.. ?? IVT crap or cream.. ??
 

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That is a good question, and not one that can be answered fully...yet. With IVT being the new tranny, it has to prove itself. I had a 2017 Elantra Value Edition, and that car was truly a dream to drive. It wasn't worth anything at the track, but Sport mode meant that it was zippy off the line. I got some AMAZING mpg numbers for it...40mpg+ on a tank in a non-hybrid is nothing to scoff at. I also put just shy of 80k miles on it in less than 3 years, so I literally drove the $%#@ out of it. I haven't driven the IVT, since I was insistent that I wanted the Elantra Sport this time around. I asked the dealership why Hyundai isn't using the 2.0L with a turbo (like the Sonata) in the Elantra Sport, and they told me that the IVT can't handle the stresses of a Turbo...so that concerned me a little. Just sharing what they said, and not sure if that helps much...
 
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