Zombie Transmissions That Just Won't Die
It’s 2014 and there are STILL cars out there with four and five-speed gearboxes. You may be asking “What’s wrong with that?” and the answer is “Everything!”
Having an extra gear or two (or even a CVT) would help cars get improved fuel economy, responsiveness or even improve the capability of a car or truck. We’re not making things up, just look at the leaders in each class of car, most use continously variable transmissions (CVTs, which have infinite gear ratios) or six to eight gears to choose from. Heck some cars are now offering nine speeds, and there is news of 10-speed automatics coming soon.
But, as we mentioned, there are cars out there that are lagging behind for whatever reason. Lets take a look at them and see just what they can gain with an extra gear or two.