My wife's 07 Fit Sport has the sport mode with the paddle shifters and she has never used either. When I drive her car I try out the paddle shifters to see if it still works. It does. I have not tried the sport mode my Accord yet but I have tried the paddle shifters to aid in deceleration. In normal everyday traffic it doesn't make much difference. I am sure that if you drive in sport mode all the time your gas mileage will suffer. The 07 Ft Sport and the EX L Coupe comes with both standard. If it was optional I probably wouldn't get them.Sport mode guzzles gas. It keeps revs high and throttle response tends to be slightly sharper as such. I use it in traffic to dart into gaps when safe to. You don't want to use it for too long. It also locks out 6th gear in the auto
You are right about and is better than or. I have been trying to see if the mileage is much different between Econ off and Econ on. When I next fill up the tank I am going to leave the Econ off and start using the Sport or Paddle shifters more.How so? You have economy when you want it or more giddy up when you don't. It's like the Ford commercials "and is better than or"
I just filled up the car yesterday and I am going to drive it in sport mode and see how it affects my milage without emulating the Gran Prix of the US.The sport mode is as stated before a way to mimic a manual transmission and is quite responsive. The rpm band will always be a little bit higher than in Drive mode but that doesn't necessarily mean you will suffer at the pump. If you go in sport mode all the time but don't want to have a decrease or significant decrease in your average mpg, then you are supposed to use the paddle shifters and as the word implies, SHIFT as driving a manual vehicle. If you shift around 2k rpm or so the car will run as smooth as in D mode but will be more responsive if needed. The same way when coming to a stop (learn the rpm range first) you can help yourself by down-shifting and using less the brakes as contrary of what other user said the sport mode doesn't lock on the 6th ratio. That being said, choose the mode you want to be in (depending on the situation) but you can certainly keep the MPG in sport mode as well. I have tested my car in sport mode for more than half the tank in normal driving conditions (read NOT FLOORING THE GAS) and I've been getting 28, 29 (between city and highway) which is not bad at all. Whatever the reasons for choosing one mode or the other ENJOY!! :thmsup:
Exactly that's the IDEA hehe. Always on the speed limit or less and no sudden acceleration on every light and you should be fine.:yes:I just filled up the car yesterday and I am going to drive it in sport mode and see how it affects my milage without emulating the Gran Prix of the US.