If you have purchased or driven a car made in the last 4-5 years, you will notice that most of them have the option to switch to ECO mode. Sounds great, right? I mean, we are all concerned about the environment and what better way to show we care than to do everything possible to help in the climate war. However, if there is a switch to go into ECO mode, does it mean there is a time we SHOULDN’T be in ECO mode? Like, why is it an option?
So, what exactly is ECO mode? ECO mode tries to maximize fuel economy by lowering the transmission shift points (making the transmission shift sooner) and sometimes making the gas pedal slower to respond. Interesting, if you see a SPORT mode, it does just the opposite! SPORT mode raises the shift points and prioritizes acceleration over fuel economy.
You can think of it this way. The different modes are there for different kinds of driving, not because one needs to be used at a certain time over another. So, if you want to keep your car in ECO mode all the time, go for it! You won’t hurt anything, except maybe the convenience store where you buy gas as you will be using less of it! Oh, and you may not be able to drag race the car next to you at the stoplight. Your acceleration in ECO mode is always going to be a bit less!
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