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Hello fellow 2016 Civic owners! I have the 2.0L EX and I’m loving the car, but have one question/concern. When I’m driving below 40mph, usually in town, I can feel the engine/transmission “kicking in” when I lightly press the gas pedal during coasting. I recreate this consistently by following these steps: 1. Accelerate to 30 mph or so. 2. Let off the gas and coast for a few seconds. 3. Lightly press the gas pedal again. It feels just like a slight pull forward. This doesn’t happen at highway speeds. After the quick "kick" or pull it rides smooth.


Is this just a CVT thing? I’ve never had one. I don’t know what’s normal. Can anyone else confirm this happens?

Thanks!
 

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Always best to ask your Honda service department, it's free and will diagnose any potential problems
 

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Sometimes the CVT can surge at low speeds in my 9th gen coupe. But mine is usually at speeds between 5-10mph when the car is coasting in "2nd gear" then attempts to shift down for more power. I'd assume this is probably what you're experiencing, but can't hurt to have it checked either. But it doesn't sound totally abnormal for the CVT.
 

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It likely is just the transmission working properly. The CVT feels different than others, and because of that it can seem wrong to owners. You can always ask your dealer to put your mind at rest.
 

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Doesn't the CVT have a torque converter? If so, it may be locking/unlocking when you accelerate at low/moderate speeds.
 

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Have you had a chance to see that driving video from Matt Farah where he took the Civic though some twisty mountain roads? He brings up a lot of good and valuable points about the CVT transmission which you will find useful.
 
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