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So I am really enjoying my 2018 2.0 Sport. It is way nicer than I deserve and I feel like I'm driving a much more expensive car than I am. Besides a few little issues, I am extremely happy.

This is my first car with sport mode and the paddles. I was trying to understand why I would want to drive it in sport mode and if there are any guidelines I should follow. At first I thought it was all about the paddles and manually shifting but then I realized that the car will hold the shift longer without manually shifting. I guess my question is, for those of you who have sport mode, how do you drive it? Do you just hit sport mode and drive like normal? Is there a problem with driving in sport mode for too long? I appreciate any input you guys have.

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I honestly feel it’s faster without using the paddles. It builds gears/speed faster when in sport D mode.


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I barely used the paddles on the MDX, but its the only way if you want to take control of the vehicle, such as getting into first gear or whatnot. Sport mode is to make the transmission shift differently, probably harshly and at a higher load of rpms. Sport mode doesn't hurt the vehicle at all, as I do try my best to keep it in S (sport for the MDX) when I am tired or had enough of the nonsense coming from little children that my brother car pools with.
 

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Sport mode is for drivers who want more control and be more involved in the driving process, more like a manual transmission. Along with the transmission, Sport mode makes the steering heavier, and throttle response more aggressive.
 

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With Sport mode, when you use the paddles, the transmission remains in that gear. If you use the paddles while not in Sport mode, the transmission reverts back to automatic after a bit of time.
 

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With Sport mode, when you use the paddles, the transmission remains in that gear. If you use the paddles while not in Sport mode, the transmission reverts back to automatic after a bit of time.
Won't it shift once you hit redone, though?

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Won't it shift once you hit redone, though?

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Yes. They know it's not a race car and build in safety systems to counter anyone blowing it up.
 

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Won't it shift once you hit redone, though?

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Yes. It won't let you do anything dangerous. Too, IIRC, modern MT cars will cut the fuel feed when the redline is exceeded, by what is known as a rev limiter.

Here is how I would use it. Say you found yourself behind a truck, and there was a line of cars in the left lane, and you wanted to poke in. When I had an MT, I would downshift, get the revs up, and have them immediately available for the next opening.

In a 2.0 Accord, I would be in Sport, downshift again to attain the desired revs and stay on boost, and squirt in to the next opening. If I did that while not in Sport, the car might revert to full auto and upshift when I did not want it to.
 

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Yes. It won't let you do anything dangerous. Too, IIRC, modern MT cars will cut the fuel feed when the redline is exceeded, by what is known as a rev limiter.

Here is how I would use it. Say you found yourself behind a truck, and there was a line of cars in the left lane, and you wanted to poke in. When I had an MT, I would downshift, get the revs up, and have them immediately available for the next opening.

In a 2.0 Accord, I would be in Sport, downshift again to attain the desired revs and stay on boost, and squirt in to the next opening. If I did that while not in Sport, the car might revert to full auto and upshift when I did not want it to.
Thank you for this explanation!

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Thank you for this explanation!

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YW.

Try it out and share your experience. No Truck Required.
 

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I've been driving in Eco and normal mode for the break-in period and I started using sport mode today. One thing that the salesman failed to mention was the sequential mode using the paddle shifters. The only way my wife would let me upgrade up to the 2.0 engine is if I got the 10AT & sold my Miata. I was sad to not be able to row gears but I fell in love with the 10AT during the test drive. Today, hearing the turbo spool and maintaining the selected gear in sequential mode made me miss the clutch a bit less. It won't be the same, but this car just got more fun.

Also, if you want to revert back to D mode from sequential mode, you just need to press & hold the "+" paddle for 2 seconds.
 

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I'm still gently breaking in my 2.0T Touring, but those who have the same model, do you feel a difference in sport mode with the weighted steering and the dampeners? I haven't driven aggressively in Sport Mode yet, but in my limited time with it, I definitely felt a difference in throttle response... and from what I felt in one case, it also did a little engine breaking when slowing down by itself. Suspension seems to be a tad stiffer while going higher speed... It definitely changes the character of the car from less relaxed and I'm already please with the normal mode. :grin

Coming from a 6-speed manual, I am surprised I am not missing it, since the engine & 10 spd work so well together!
 
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In a 2.0 Accord, I would be in Sport, downshift again to attain the desired revs and stay on boost, and squirt in to the next opening. If I did that while not in Sport, the car might revert to full auto and upshift when I did not want it to.
This is a great description of the benefits of paddles, especially in a turbo car (with some lag).

If you're about to do something that there is no way the transmission could predict (after all, it can't respond to your future intentions) this is a good way to get it ready.

In just about every car, the fastest 0-60 will be achieved without using the paddles. It's not about speed, it's about control.
 

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Drive it as you seem fit, have fun.
The key word here is control and safety.

If you want to drive it easy for best for fuel consumption then ECO is the way to go! (long trips)
If you want to drive normal in the city with light traffic then Normal "D" will be fine for everyday driving.
If you want to drive it like you stole it it then you will need to leave it in "Sport Mode" for a bit, this can also be used to get your self out of a jam for your safety.

I find the pedals not useful at all in 2.0T 10-SPD.
In the 9th GEN with CVT I found them to have much better response for down shifting in stead of using your brakes all the time.
 

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I find the pedals {paddles} not useful at all in 2.0T 10-SPD.
Yah, I was just going to ask about that. With ten gears, I mean, I'm driving along in normal mode, lugging this nice long-stroke engine, and I want to pass. So I hit the paddles and ... with ten gears, hardly any change! So I need to hit the paddle two, three times? Any way the system is smart enough to do a single shift instead of three?

And I guess I should ask, does down-shifting and raising the revs, engage the turbo so you beat the lag?

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On 1.5 Turbo, What Does Sports Mode Do or Change?

Hello all. 1st off, I am brand new to the forum as well as Honda. This will be my first Honda. I am a Chevy guy at heart. The deal was too good to pass up do I traded my malibu for this. Anywho, hate to sound like a noob but when I engage sports mode, what changes? Suspension? Handling? Braking? Also the dash flips and a boost gauge displays next to the tach. What exactly is that for and how to I read it? It reads from -0.5 to a high of 1.5. Never had a boost gauge before. I read the owners manual front to back 3 times but I can't find any mention of it.
 

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I'm new to Honda also I went from Chevy to Acura to now Honda.. In sport mode the steering changes a little and makes it a little tighter. The throttle response is better and rev's a little higher. Boost gauge is PSI. Not too sure of the range though.
 

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I'm new to Honda also I went from Chevy to Acura to now Honda.. In sport mode the steering changes a little and makes it a little tighter. The throttle response is better and rev's a little higher. Boost gauge is PSI. Not too sure of the range though.
Boost gauge is in bar units I would assume. 1.5 bar = 21.7557 PSI.
 
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