I remember a few years ago, I rented a small Chevy with a CVT. I pulled into traffic and punched it to get up to speed. It scared the heck out of me because it just bogged down and hung at slow speed.Jeep and Subaru seem to be the only companies that have a continued interest in offering manuals. And I recently saw that even Subaru is considering phasing them out for "safety reasons". I've driven some of these newer crossovers with CVT's and lets just say...no thanks.
Already they're proving what CVT's can be with some new Lexus models. It has become so good that it doesn't feel like a CVT, that's my kind of CVTI remember a few years ago, I rented a small Chevy with a CVT. I pulled into traffic and punched it to get up to speed. It scared the heck out of me because it just bogged down and hung at slow speed.
Toyota promises a new CVT with more punch getting under way. Good to see a company address this issue with CVTs.
Subaru is discontinuing manuals on the Crosstrek. Apparently they were slow sellers.
Eventually you will have to get used to having only an automatic and just maybe the basemodel with a manual. So far that's what Toyota has done and globally they are the biggest player in the off-road game. Over time as Jeep introduces more self-driving tech, Wranglers will see further changes to its transmissions.I for one would never buy a Wrangler without a stick shift. I think that Jeep's will be among the last models that are available standard, regardless of how uncommon they become. I can understand why the Supra has been set up with a DCT, as that car is all about performance.
A somewhat active suspension setup would be great. For a while the Lexus LX had active dampers, if we can get that on a high trim TJ then that can add greatly to the other terrain tech.I don't think there is any harm in offering terrain selection, or having the vehicle do that automatically. I think the more premium features will likely be reserved for the upcoming "luxury" Wagoneer, which is rumored to have a trim that's more than $100k
I think Toyota can justify it depending on what the production TJ is like unless they plan for a lexus model with an trim similar to the E-Class all road which has been tailored to go off road.Unless the active dampers are standard in the lowest trim Lexus models, I doubt it'll make its way into Toyota's more budget friendly lineup as a standard feature.
But if it does, then there's no better model to have active dampers than the Rav4 Adventure.