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"Sport Mode" all the time?

Posted By: wemay

"Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:29 AM

In the Sportage it tightens up the steering and holds RPM.

Is there any negative driving any vehicle in this mode other than increased fuel consumption?
Posted By: clinebarger

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:37 AM

It won't hurt anything......Engines & Powertrains in general are very robust at STOCK power levels.
Posted By: aquariuscsm

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:38 AM

I kept my 3000GT in sport mode all the time. The "ECO" selection was never used laugh
Posted By: Old Mustang Guy

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:41 AM

I drive my 17 Avalon in sport mode. It doesn't seem to hurt mileage much if any. I like the crisper shifting and quicker downshifts.
Posted By: MCompact

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:04 AM

It won't hurt a thing; I like being able to switch between Geezer Mode and Attack Mode with just the push of a button.
Posted By: MONKEYMAN

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:19 AM

I used it a lot when I broke in my Elantra. I found I was speeding more. no-no

Now I only use it when I need be in a lower gear and drive more aggressively like needing to cross two lanes of traffic to get onto or off of the freeway. Be careful.

I have a feeling it may be better for the engine instead of lugging the engine in the Eco mode.
Posted By: AZjeff

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:26 AM

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Originally Posted by wemay
In the Sportage it tightens up the steering and holds RPM.


How can it tighten up the steering? Honestly curious how a button can change steering response.

The RAV4 will hold Eco mode through key cycles, Sport mode has to be engaged every start. They change throttle response and shift points. Fake news, forgot it had them
Posted By: gregk24

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:37 AM

Originally Posted by AZjeff
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Originally Posted by wemay
In the Sportage it tightens up the steering and holds RPM.


How can it tighten up the steering? Honestly curious how a button can change steering response.

The RAV4 will hold Eco mode through key cycles, Sport mode has to be engaged every start. They change throttle response and shift points. Fake news, forgot it had them



The power steering is less "boosted", making it harder to turn the wheel so it feels more firm. It doesn't actually make the steering any sharper.
Posted By: ls1mike

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:42 AM

Me getting in the Caprice...
Sport mode on? Check
Traction Control off? Check
Stabilitrak off? Check

You are not hurting anything.
Posted By: Nick1994

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 03:35 AM

Originally Posted by AZjeff
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Originally Posted by wemay
In the Sportage it tightens up the steering and holds RPM.


How can it tighten up the steering? Honestly curious how a button can change steering response.

The RAV4 will hold Eco mode through key cycles, Sport mode has to be engaged every start. They change throttle response and shift points. Fake news, forgot it had them
Electric power steering, gives more/less assist depending on drive mode.

When I’m in a parking garage I always put it on “eco” mode so it steers like butter and doesn’t take as much effort.
Posted By: joegreen

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 08:02 AM

Won't hurt a thing. They wouldn't have it there if it was bad for the car. I work for a rental company. The first thing I do when I get in a sportage or Elantra or soul, basically any Hyundai or Kia product is turn traction control off and put sport mode on. These vehicles get put through there paces and I have never had an issue.
Posted By: Shannow

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 10:24 AM

How hard you can flog it on a road used by others is pretty limited, so you can't, and aren't actually thrashing it.

No probs at all if you are keeping your licence.
Posted By: daves87rs

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by ls1mike
Me getting in the Caprice...
Sport mode on? Check
Traction Control off? Check
Stabilitrak off? Check

You are not hurting anything.


Yep!!!
Posted By: Virtus_Probi

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 12:08 PM

I only use I (Intelligent...???) mode in my car in downpours, in snow, or on ice.
Otherwise it is in S mode, in which it still acts like a CVT but feels more responsive.
I don't use S# mode, in which the car pretends it has an 8 speed auto and lurches around a lot, anymore....I pretty much hate the way it feels and also noticed my gas mileage seems to go to [censored].

I was hoping to use the paddle shifters in manual mode for sporty driving, but the response to my inputs is way too slow.
They are very handy for engine braking in bad winter weather when I want to creep around!

Maybe I should be ignored here as my car needed major tranny work under warranty at 90kmiles!
Posted By: Brian553

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 12:15 PM

In eco/automatic mode, the transmission is electronically actuating the shifts
In Sport/ manu-matic mode, the transission is electronically actuating the shifts (when you "manually" prompt for a shift.)
-->Its the same.

I find that comparing the clutch engagement between both modes (during a given shift) is harsher in my Rio. Do you experience that with your Sportage?

I ask because I don't experience that with my Rav4.

If its true, then that should be nicer to the trans oil and clutches.
Posted By: wemay

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 12:38 PM

Thank you all. I'm always using it as well. First thing i press after turning car on.
Posted By: DriveHard

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 12:52 PM

Gosh, I hope not. Sport mode button is the first thing I push after turning the key...
Turn key, start engine, push sport mode, put on seat belt...
The Fiat is a totally different animal without that little black button...almost neutered like...
Posted By: BMWTurboDzl

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:28 PM

You'll have to change the ATF sooner than otherwise and there will be increased wear on the transmission. How much wear is basically impossible to quantify.
Posted By: IndyIan

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:52 PM

Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
You'll have to change the ATF sooner than otherwise and there will be increased wear on the transmission. How much wear is basically impossible to quantify.

I don't even think you could assume that, the trans may actually shift much less since its not going through the upper gears every time you let off the throttle, and then downshifting 3 times next time you touch the gas... Also the crisper shifts may have all the clutches and belts slipping less trying to smooth out the shifts too.
Posted By: Jimzz

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 01:59 PM

More gas usage of course. In my Q50s I like the firmer steering in sport mode but like the regular shifting vs sport trans shifting.
Posted By: BMWTurboDzl

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:12 PM

Originally Posted by IndyIan
Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
You'll have to change the ATF sooner than otherwise and there will be increased wear on the transmission. How much wear is basically impossible to quantify.

I don't even think you could assume that, the trans may actually shift much less since its not going through the upper gears every time you let off the throttle, and then downshifting 3 times next time you touch the gas... Also the crisper shifts may have all the clutches and belts slipping less trying to smooth out the shifts too.


Perhaps, on the other hand driving in sport mode would easily fall under "offensive, sporty driving" which some OE's (ZF specifically) state a shorter ATF change interval.
Posted By: circuitsmith

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:17 PM

I use it sometimes in moderately heavy city traffic, when I need to make quick speed changes.
It keeps the engine 2000-2500 rpm for more throttle response.
Only for a few minutes at a time, until traffic loosens up and I revert to my normal, gentle driving style.
Posted By: Whimsey

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 02:41 PM

Our 2.3 EB 2017 Explorer is much more pleasurable to drive in the 35-50 mph range in Sport mode. In Drive at those speeds it always feels and looks like you ALMOST are lugging the engine, very low rpms on the tach. In Sport mode it raises the rpm's up ~200-300 rpm at the same speed as when in Drive. It doesn't feel like it on the verge of lugging. That has to be better for the engine, especially with LSPI potential, I would think.

Whimsey
Posted By: SeaJay

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 03:04 PM

I would think that most who purchase these cars (that are performance orientated) with that option would use it all the time.
Posted By: hallstevenson

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 04:18 PM

Originally Posted by SeaJay
I would think that most who purchase these cars (that are performance orientated) with that option would use it all the time.
My wife's 1.5L Ecoboost Ford Fusion has a "sport" mode. My Mom's '18 CR-V has a "sport" mode as well. I don't think having this mode has anything to do with the vehicle (or the driver) being performance oriented.
Posted By: hallstevenson

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/11/18 04:24 PM

Originally Posted by AZjeff
How can it tighten up the steering? Honestly curious how a button can change steering response.

Pushing these buttons can change the suspension settings on some cars as well. My wife's Fusion absolutely feels like the suspension tightens up when in Sport mode but in this vehicle, there's no indication that sport does anything beyond increasing the throttle level (when I switch from D to S and do not move the throttle pedal position, it will increase 200-300 rpm) and transmission shift points. Those are the only two (major) adjustments that I'm aware of it.

Reason I think it does change the suspension is we've driven on a particular road that has dips and small hills ("humps" ?) and in normal mode, it kind of floats up and down as you go through these. I've had it in sport mode over the same parts and after cresting a hump, instead of floating like a boat, it pulls down very quickly. You will feel it in your stomach, it's so strong.
Posted By: Pew

Re: "Sport Mode" all the time? - 10/12/18 08:02 PM

The TC-SST trans in the Evo X MRs were recommended to stay in Sport+ in order to reduce the clutch wear.
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