Whether you’re a seasoned driver or new to the scene, a lot of consideration goes into picking out the perfect car for you and your lifestyle. An element of this thought process includes the transmission, and we at Jake Sweeney Kia are here to shed some light onto the different types of transmissions currently available in our used and new Kia models.

The oldest, most traditional transmission is a manual, or more famously known as “stick shift”. With utilization of a friction clutch, which is operated by the driver’s foot, the engine’s energy is connected to the transmission’s input shaft. Although learning the operation of a manual transmission can be daunting, its pay-off is the ride—efficient and thrilling.

Probably the most common transmission is automatic. Simple and quick to use, the automatic transmission essentially does all of the work for you; all you need to do is select P, R, N, D, or L. As easy as it is on the outside, the mechanisms of this type of transmission is much more complex than manual, and thus, can result in larger repair costs if ever needed.

Equally straightforward is the CVT, or continuously variable transmission. Many of our Kia cars contain this transmission, such as the Kia Optima and Kia Soul, and it’s incredibly seamless. The most alluring aspect is not only the simplicity, but also the fuel efficiency. Although it’s the same functionality as automatic, its interior operation is where it differs. A CVT comprises a system of belts and pulleys that provide a range of ratios.

If you want the best of both worlds, go for the semi-automatic transmission or a dual-clutch transmission (DCT). These certain gearboxes offer both the ease of automatic or the more hands-on control of a manual depending on what you’re feeling—simply choose and execute.

To find out more about the different transmissions, or to learn which cars have the one you’re interested in, give us a call or stop by! At Jake Sweeney Kia, we are always happy to assist.