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post #1 of 17 Old 07-20-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Sport Mode and Paddle Shifters

There has been a lot of discussion on this board concerning the Econ mode and gas mileage. How many of you, with automatic transmissions, drive the car in the Sport Mode? How does that affect your gas milage? And, how many are using the paddle shift function and in which situations do you use them? Do you consider the paddle shift levers just a toy?

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It really depends on the person... I've read quite a few posts where people baby their car and never rev the engine past the 3,000RPM mark and then there are the videos of people activating vtec hitting 5-6k.

I myself use Sports mode quite often because I like to hear my engine growl for a little longer than when my auto tranny does it for me.

I have found that on average, I get about 25MPG on average when I use shifters, and about 30 on automatic (city/highway driving combined)
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It really depends on the person... I've read quite a few posts where people baby their car and never rev the engine past the 3,000RPM mark and then there are the videos of people activating vtec hitting 5-6k.

I myself use Sports mode quite often because I like to hear my engine growl for a little longer than when my auto tranny does it for me.

I have found that on average, I get about 25MPG on average when I use shifters, and about 30 on automatic (city/highway driving combined)
Of course you can use the paddle shifters WITHOUT the Sport mode.

I posted my experiment earlier but during that experiment I didn't leave it in Sport mode but just during acceleration. When I reached cruising speed I'd pop it back in Drive.

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U don't need to be in S to hit the paddles just hit the down shift paddle at stop light n be prepared after that.l

I love my mpgs so I keep it in auto econ mode


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I typically shift to sport mode when trying to merge into the highway, the car is always set to drive with no econ unless in that situation. As far as using the paddle shifters, I downshift when going up hills/inclines or when trying to get around or pass a stubborn driver on the highway - the ones that insist on staying in the left lane and speed up when you try to get around them.

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Yes, paddle shifters are toys. Nothing can replace a real clutch.
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I use S mode quite often and only use ECO while in long distance cruise. I'm getting 22-23mpgs lately.

As far as the paddles - they're nice when coming out of a turn and the car doesn't wanna downshift and you don't wanna have to mash the gas to make it. It's not a stick, but it's close to the next best thing. They're really good for downshifting but for upshifting the S mode shift points are pretty nice by themselves.

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I mostly use my car for work commutes, so having the automatics definitely saves me gas. S mode is helpful when moving through traffic in rush hour.

My favorite combo is manual till third gear, then switch to automatic.
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Hi guys,

I am confused, need your help here.

When shifting from D to S : do we need to press the shift lever release button?

When shifting from S to D : do we need to press the shift lever release button?

Please help.
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D to S and the opposite on the fly is fine. The computer will look after the shifting in relation to the position.

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I must be the only person on this forum that doesn't look at the gas mileage haha!

Paddle shifters are fun in a real HP car (400hp+) on the Accord it's just meh, still use them occasionally however.
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I've used them a few times when I first got the car, but honestly...I feel dumb using paddle shifters in a 189hp car lol. I don't feel like they really make that big of difference when getting into a lower gear for passing, etc.

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I would not have bought an automatic if it did not have paddle shifters. I would have held out for a manual. I feel that the auto with paddle shifters is goo compromise between the best of both worlds. Granted, I have the V6 Coupe, so I have a real auto transmission instead of a CVT. I use sport mode and paddle shifters very often. It works great while having fun on the twisty bits of road. The added control over what gear you want to be in is great. On ramps, off ramps, you name it, I've used sport mode and paddle shift there. I really like being able to use engine braking in traffic congestion too, or while exiting freeways. I played with Econ mode at first, but I never use it anymore, and gas mileage is not something in concerned with. It may not be perfect (most notably the small delay in upshifts and non rev-matching downshifts), but it's also nice to just be able to jump on the freeway in auto and just have a nice leisurely drive to work. Like I said, best of both worlds.

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I would not have bought an automatic if it did not have paddle shifters. I would have held out for a manual. I feel that the auto with paddle shifters is goo compromise between the best of both worlds. Granted, I have the V6 Coupe, so I have a real auto transmission instead of a CVT. I use sport mode and paddle shifters very often. It works great while having fun on the twisty bits of road. The added control over what gear you want to be in is great. On ramps, off ramps, you name it, I've used sport mode and paddle shift there. I really like being able to use engine braking in traffic congestion too, or while exiting freeways. I played with Econ mode at first, but I never use it anymore, and gas mileage is not something in concerned with. It may not be perfect (most notably the small delay in upshifts and non rev-matching downshifts), but it's also nice to just be able to jump on the freeway in auto and just have a nice leisurely drive to work. Like I said, best of both worlds.
is the up or downshift delay a lot? Did you compare the cvt? i got the cvt one, but not feel too much the delay

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