What is your go-to driving mode?

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  1. Fasteddiec

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    Very nice summary, thanks!
     
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    Sport plus is my favorite, I drive 90% in normal and last night I made one WOT run in drag(was a blast btw).

    I always, no matter the mode, keep the steering in comfort mode it just has a smoother feel to me.
     
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    Sport plus as soon as i start her up. Traction control off, steering sport. My active exhaust sounds the same in normal and sport plus since putting on the Steeda H pipe, so basically i never have to fiddle to get a nice sound regardless of mode!
     
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    Sport and track sound the same to me. Normal is quite a bit quieter and noticeable.
     
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    OK, you guys are gonna laugh at the old goat, but when I went to check out the new wheels, on the test drive, the trans sure seemed to hold lower gears way too long and didn't upshift when you backed off the gas. Looked at the wife and said I was ready to walk on the car BC I thought the trans was messed up. Mind you my last automatic car was an 01 GT. Mentioned it to the sales rep and he showed me the mode switch, which was in sport. I didn't even know it was there. Duh! So, its normal mode for most driving. The blower takes care of things when you mash the gas pedal.
     
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    I Forget my car has drive modes. I get in and drive.
     
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    Most of the time I am in either Normal mode or sport mode with manual shifting. I very much dislike the auto throttle mapping in Sport or Sport+ for the street. It hangs onto the gears exceptionally long (for the street), won't upshift soon enough after a brief stint of acceleration, and downshifts too many gears for light throttle applications. If I give it 1/4 throttle, I don't want it to downshift 5 gears to 5k+ rpms. I'm sure on the track that all is great, but give me a middle ground. I would probably use Sport much more frequently in auto if it was just a slightly more sensitive throttle map than normal. That said, I will shift into Sport if I am pulling into traffic in a tight space, so that it doesn't drop to 3rd gear right as I want to gun it after straightening out. Yes, given enough gas pedal it will downshift to 2nd, but there's a slight lag - if I'm pulling into traffic I want 2nd gear available right away. I don't use track mode for the street since it turns off all the Safe and smart features that I like as backup (no, I don't rely on them). If I am going to do some spirited driving around curves or backroads, I'll use Sport+ in manual mode. I have MagneRide so I like the firmer damper settings for the curves.
     
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    I love Sport + mode with traction control off and steering in normal.
    Glorious.
     
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    Well when the drive modes are, "try to sneak out of the driveway but it's too loud", " its nice out so put the top down", and "outta my way, rice burner!" you forget the switch on the dash.
     
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    Normal around the city and in traffic.. S on the weekends/highways where I'll use the paddles
     
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    I just get in and drive. Mine is on normal 95% of the time.
     
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    Track mode, track exhaust & sport steering.
     
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    19 gt.

    I usually leave it in normal mode.

    i flip the exhaust to track when i see another cool car that i wanna vroom vroom at
     
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    A10 here. Generally just drive in D around town, sometimes S, depending on my mood. On my commute there are several sections where the traffic is slow and there are long shallow grades, but enough that I don't like where the transmission is so I shift to S to get the revs up. I have used Wet/Snow in really messy weather and it seems to help. I haven't used Track or Drag. I really should get out early one morning and try that on a particularly long and flat on ramp acceleration lane nearby.
     
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    SPORT

    I wish my car would automatically go into Sport Mode when I start it
     
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