I had the Nissan Jatco CVT in my Dodge Caliber that was excellent. On many mountain pass slopes, it was wonderful, as it selected the perfect “gear” for all differing slopes & speeds.
One time, I was first car, with my CVT in “L low mode“, in a line of cars behind a really really slowpoke car onto the Freeway. As soon as was legal, I swept quickly around the slowpoke. On the Freeway with my CVT back in “standard gearing mode”, I resumed my usual slower (but not slowpoke) speed in the right lane. About 30 seconds later, a car in the faster Freeway lane to my left, drove up beside me & gave me a thumbs-up for my quick passing. Yeah, the Dodge Caliber in the L mode, was fairly quick, not needing to ”shift” during 10MPH to 50MPH acceleration & losing time.
Also, in stop&go&stop traffic, the CVT was the best & smoothest transmission, not needing to continuously shift like a geared transmission from 1st gear to 2nd gear & back to 1st. Tho we have two 6speed manual & automatic Hyundai Elantras now that we love, I miss the elegance of the CVT.
Hopefully when I can afford a Chevy Bolt, I’ll get that elegance again.