Why don’t all automatic transmission cars have gearless configurations like Subaru?

There are limits to what a continuously variable transmission (CVT) can do. The design of a CVT has torque (power) output limitations that make it unsuitable for some applications, such as trucks, larger vehicles, and vehicles made for tasks involving large amounts of power output (off-roading, racing, etc). The Subaru Ascent, for example, is about as large as a vehicle can get and still utilize a CVT without incurring serious losses or mechanic problems in the transmission.

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