Originally Posted by J-P
The CVT trans is makes the car much quicker than the manual trans as it holds the perfect RPM at full load as were the manual has such large shifting gaps that it can not as easily keep the power on. If you put the gear in low and hit the "S" button on the wheel the car is actually pretty quick. .
If the IMA usage and engine horsepower and torque was the same between the two model types and vehicle weight was the same, the CVT model would be quicker due to optimal RPM as mentioned.
However, the MT model Insight has slightly faster 0-60 times due to:
1) two more horsepower and one more lb/ft of torque.
2) more aggressive IMA battery usage on acceleration.
3) Lighter vehicle weight.
I gladly give up that 1/2 second faster 0-60 time for the benefit of not having to shift gears (even more often compared to other manual transmission cars). The CVT makes this a smooth acceleration. Also, the CVT has SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) rating whereas the MT only has ULEV rating due to lean burn and a higher compression engine.
The MT does gets the best MPG and the CVT gets second best MPG of all gasoline powered cars that were sold in the US.
JoeCVT = Just your average CVT owner