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    Eco vs Normal vs Sport Mode

    Hello,
    I have a 2017 Soul. And I was just wanted to make a post to see what your thoughts are on the different driving modes. I personally don't mind Eco, and feel it shifts smoother but when trying to go on hills I may change to normal, and for freeway merging I usually go on Sport.
    If I ride Eco I usually get about 27mpg (city).
    Thoughts or your experiences?
    Thanks.

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    I personally keep it in the normal mode. The difference in mileage from normal to eco is more about how you drive, IMO. Eco will shift sooner to keep your rpm low, but not hammering the throttle and driving with an "eco" mindset is just as good. Plus you have the added umph when you need it in normal. My mileage is very close from eco to normal.

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    I rarely used the buttons. I monkeyed with them extensively and never observed a noticeable difference.

    One exception is around town at 35-50 I'd hit ECO to upshift and probably lock up.
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    I enjoy sport mode on the highway, it holds the RPMs longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstBlueSoul View Post

    .... just wanted to make a post to see what your thoughts are on the different driving modes.

    Thoughts or your experiences?





    My thoughts on the "Comfort" v "Normal" v "Sport" modes.

    I thought those had to do with the "steering wheel."

    Comfort Mode:
    If an old lady, with little arm strength, were to parallel park.
    She could put the wagon in comfort mode, then back up
    and turn that wheel like crazy, without spraining anything.
    The steering wheel turns with little effort.

    Normal Mode:
    For "Regular driving" often women and men driving
    primary for transportation. Point A to point B stuff.
    The steering wheel is not too loose, nor too hard.

    Sport Mode:
    This particular function is for those of us that often drive like....
    Mario Andretti. We like the feeling of pulling some G's
    accelerating. Cornering and braking like Pros.

    "Driving like we stole it", is a phase, we have used before.
    We are not just going places, we are racing there!
    A little bit of competition is a good thing. And that is wanted,
    if you drive your car harder than the average Joe, or the little old lady
    that lives down the block.

    The steering wheel feels tighter in Sport Mode. Like it's connected
    more precisely to the road.

    Just my .02c
    Last edited by SoulCamper; 06-19-2017 at 12:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstBlueSoul View Post
    Hello,
    I have a 2017 Soul. And I was just wanted to make a post to see what your thoughts are on the different driving modes. I personally don't mind Eco, and feel it shifts smoother but when trying to go on hills I may change to normal, and for freeway merging I usually go on Sport.
    If I ride Eco I usually get about 27mpg (city).
    Thoughts or your experiences?
    Thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by gt5oh View Post
    I enjoy sport mode on the highway, it holds the RPMs longer.
    What "Sport mode" are you both referring to? Maybe the 2017 has a new setting but Sport mode has been how much resistance there is to turning the steering wheel along with Normal and Comfort. Echo referrers to a change in how the engine responds and perhaps how accessories like air conditioning work. "Sport" would have no connection to how the engine responds.
    Last edited by tampa8; 06-19-2017 at 02:10 AM.

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    Anyone with a 2017 turbo (or non turbo) that can chime in?

    From article: "We preferred driving in the Sport mode, which adjusts transmission shift points and throttle response to be a bit more aggressive; the gearbox can be reluctant to downshift in Normal mode, which combines with a bit of turbo lag to make for a less eager attitude."

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...-drive-reviews

    TLR Sport mode in the 2017 is real (from what I read). Compared to the 2014-2016 that only adjust steering response.

    Eco.... Already explained. (and always off)

    If I get a chance to test drive an non turbo 2017 and check if those has or has not have active sport. I report back.

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    "We preferred driving in the Sport mode, which adjusts transmission shift points and throttle response to be a bit more aggressive; the gearbox can be reluctant to downshift in Normal mode, which combines with a bit of turbo lag to make for a less eager attitude.

    Choosing Sport mode also makes the steering feel a bit heavier but doesn’t change the electrically assisted steering rack’s lack of feedback and on-center feel. Even so, the Soul’s stiff structure and well-tuned damping make for a satisfying balance of ride and handling, at least on the glassy-smooth pavement in Northern California where we drove the new model." - New and Used Car Reviews, Car News and Prices | Car and Driver


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    "In Sport, everything is predictably sharper, including higher shift-points for the transmission, heavier steering, and eager throttle-mapping." - No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle | Automobile Magazine


    and

    "Also new are the user-selectable drive modes. Sport mode stiffens up the steering and you’ll definitely feel it on twisty roads which adds another driving dimension to the Soul. I’m delighted that a few small changes such as holding the shift-points longer and tuning the throttle mapping all add up to a noticeably improved driving dynamic. Kia left the chassis and rear rotors untouched, while boosting the front brake rotors to 12-inches, compensating for the extra horsepower. Normal and Eco modes, meanwhile, are best for everyday driving." -- www.slashgear.com

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    So it's a setting for the Turbo on the 2017 model. That's what I asked if there was a new setting.

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    Plus models have them as well on the 17's. It's three different ecu maps, and the steering tightens up a little in sport.

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