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They're kinda fun, especially when you want to force the motor to hit higher RPMs (passing, getting away from a left-lane bandit, or killer bees or zombies). I don't notice any appreciable power increase like I did when I hit 6,000 RPM on my Civic Si (due to the VTEC cam lobes). But it's still more fun than simply flooring it in "D" and letting the CVT guess what you're up to.
That said, I think someone linked to a lab test where using fully auto CVT yielded better acceleration than rowing through the "gears" using the paddles.