to be honest - the nissan CVT is pretty crisp (you have to get them to redo PCM for you though), but still its a bit like mashed potatoes, The nissan does have simulated shift points too in the new altimas (shift position DS) - the car drops rpm like a shifting gearbox when demanding high power. But the rpm drops and the torque "catch" are missing - I think it will be OK for the millenial generation as they are not accustomed to a well designed shifting auto and to the fact that for them cars are nothing more than Ipads.
In the older nissan CVT they went so far to have -/+ positions on the shift lever (mimicking tip tronic hold) - first time I used it - I was like - WTH is wrong here, I was expecting power surges not just seeing the rpm needle drop.
The wind up whine is still there and you hear it in quiet neighbourhoods. The initial take off has a lag before the unit catches and the car moves quick (thats where most people burn the CVT gearbox)
The multitronic was numb too - it was like baking the best roast beef and then garnishing it with a bowl of half boiled potatoes.