How reliable is the Honda Jazz automatic transmission?

I've read that the Honda Jazz had gearbox problems before 2011. Is this the case with all automatics that use the same gearbox - other Honda, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai? I'm looking for a used small/medium automatic and, because of knee issues, I need a high seating position. What would you recommend?

Asked on 22 February 2017 by srolfs

Answered by Honest John
Honda CVT-7 transmissions are generally extremely reliable. So are Toyota CVTs. Nissan CVTs aren't. There has also been a lot of trouble with VAG 7-speed dry clutch DSGs and s-tronics on smaller engined cars and with Ford 6-speed dry clutch Powershifts in the Ford Fiesta, Focus and C-Max. Generally, torque converter automatics are the most reliable. However, if you can't brake with your left foot, do not buy an automatic or you will kill someone. Mildest is probably a Honda Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC CVT-7. Bit higher, a Hyundai ix20 or KIA Venga auto. Older came with a 4-speed torque converter auto. Newer with a 6-speed DCT.
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