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I recently test drove a 2011 sonata hybrid and a Prius. I liked the Sonata but in city driving the transmission seemed to be clunky or jerky as if seeking the right gear; where as the Prius was smooth. What gives?
 

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Sonata hybrid has a traditional 6 speed transmission... the Prius has a CVT... CVT will feel smoother as it is only 1 variable gear.

IMO, Hyundai still needs to do work on their transmissions, they do shift slower and tend to seek for a gear longer than the competitors, but they are going for more fuel efficiency than rapid shifting DSG transmissions.
 

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Hyundai should look into CVT Transmissions. Some people are against them but they have proven to be good.

Would you guys want a CVT Transmission Sonata?
 

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Sonata hybrid has a traditional 6 speed transmission... the Prius has a CVT... CVT will feel smoother as it is only 1 variable gear.

IMO, Hyundai still needs to do work on their transmissions, they do shift slower and tend to seek for a gear longer than the competitors, but they are going for more fuel efficiency than rapid shifting DSG transmissions.
apparently the shifting issues Hyundai transmissions have will be resolved with the new 10-speed transmission they have under development.
 

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