As of 2015, the Nissan Altima features the manufacturer's Xtronic continuously variable transmission, or CVT. Nissan works with Jatco, which is a leading designer in CVT transmissions. The Xtronic CVT shifts around 30 percent faster than previous versions, and it has a gear reduction ratio of approximately six.Continue Reading
One of the primary drawing features to a CVT transmission is its ability to stretch out the gears in a drivetrain. As such, the gears ratios produced on the transmission allow the Nissan Altima to produce a gain in fuel economy.
A CVT transmission has no actual gears inside its housing. It uses an additional drive chain and pulley, which allows it to switch through all of the gears with precision.Learn more about Transmission