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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 08:09 AM
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I think I have to learn to use sport mode. Our previous car (well, we still have it) was a Prius V and I never had trouble getting pep when I need it (passing, getting into a freeway, etc). But we've had our Kia Niro for a little over a month and have driven it from central Texas to Maine and back. I noticed a long delay in its revving up or whatever it needs to do when passing etc. (seconds, seems like hours). I'm saying come on car!, or some such... I presume that if I knew how to kick it into sport mode I would not have this frustrating delay?

That may be due to the regular transmission vs. a CVT. If you're used to driving a CVT in your hybrid it seems slow waiting for a car to shift to me.
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What I like about the sport mode is that it doesn't shift as much as eco mode does. But it seems to use a lot more gas.

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Learn to use Sport Mode as it is useful, dare I save lifesaving in an emergency! When you need to get out of the way, or safely merge in freeway traffic. This is why I drive the first mile in HEV mode to run & pre warm the gas engine. This allows early lubrication of gas engine IF I would need Sport Mode. You can male up for any loss of MPG by active regeneration. Remember we are smart buyers and smart drivers.
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A smart driver doesn't need to use sport mode to avoid an emergency.
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A smart driver doesn't need to use sport mode to avoid an emergency.
I must be very smart then! The only time I've used it in the last 12 months was to demonstrate it to a passenger. But I've had a number of world beating slow cars I've driven very fast. 1967 VW Bug, 1977 Datsun B10 Plus (the high mpg slow model), and a Civic CRX HF (also the high mpg slow model). The Niro is a very fast sports car compared to those.

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The Niro is a very fast sports car compared to those.
I was amazed too how fast I could accelerate in the HEV. You will be mind blown if you try the EV. In particular the acceleration when already doing speed. Feels like warp mode
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I must be very smart then! The only time I've used it in the last 12 months was to demonstrate it to a passenger. But I've had a number of world beating slow cars I've driven very fast. 1967 VW Bug, 1977 Datsun B10 Plus (the high mpg slow model), and a Civic CRX HF (also the high mpg slow model). The Niro is a very fast sports car compared to those.
Old but true saying: "It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow"
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Old but true saying: "It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow"
Absolutely true. I had so much fun flogging a 3-cylinder Geo Metro back in the day. That thing was a hoot to drive.

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Absolutely true. I had so much fun flogging a 3-cylinder Geo Metro back in the day. That thing was a hoot to drive.
I had the Pontiac Firefly. Aptly named. And ironically it made 60 HP, the same as the Niro EV motor in the PHEV. I've had many 3 cylinder vehicles over the years, but the Firefly was the only one in a car.

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I had the Pontiac Firefly. Aptly named. And ironically it made 60 HP, the same as the Niro EV motor in the PHEV. I've had many 3 cylinder vehicles over the years, but the Firefly was the only one in a car.
Huh, I did not know that the Firefly and the Metro were basically the same car. The one I drove was a first gen model like this one. It was fun to drive around town or on back roads but got a little scary on the highway. Probably not the most crash worthy car on the road even in 1991.
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