We like to consider ourselves car experts here at McCurley Integrity Honda. Our Honda dealers know the ins and outs of every Honda model, and we’d like to take a moment and share some information about one of the most vital pieces: the transmission. The transmission serves the same duty in every car, which is sending and controlling the application of power.

There are a few different types of transmissions in vehicles today, and we’ll provide a brief overview of each.


The automatic transmission is one of the most seamless and easy-to-use transmissions—also one of the most common. Many of our models offer this type of transmission, such as the Honda Civic. An automatic transmission is operated simply by rotating the gear shift into reverse, drive, park, or neutral. The vehicle itself does the work for you.


Oftentimes, people shy away from a manual transmission because it takes work and it can be confusing. Albeit a little more complicated than an automatic, a manual transmission lets you be in control of your ride. The gearbox utilizes a friction clutch, which is modulated by the driver’s foot, in order to transition gears.

Continuously Variable

The CVT, or continuously variable transmission, has gained a lot of popularity over the years. It’s akin to an automatic, but comprises a different mechanical aspect: a system of belts and pulleys instead of gears. The result? Smooth maneuvers and increased efficiency.

There’s still so much to learn about transmissions, and if you have any questions, we are happy to assist. To find out more about a certain type or to test it out, set up an appointment with our new Honda dealership today. With options like the Honda HR-V and the Honda Ridgeline in our inventory, you’ll have no trouble choosing the right vehicle for you.