Not only that but hard shifting once off the line can be a major setback when the rest of the vehicle feels premium enough. Fortunately in this segment people might not complain as much. Good thing Lexus made those refinements.I think its generally just poor acceleration off the line when it comes to CVT's. And most of these small crossover aren't packing very high output engines to start with. With 125hp and 115 pound-feet of torque, the Kick is one of least powerful new cars to be offered in NA.