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Those who have the 1.5 Turbo engine, on highways, do you keep it in D, or use S. I hear S is a lot better when on the highway. I drive my car everyday and today it felt very heavy when pressing on the gas. Has anyone else experienced this?
 

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In my experience with the honda CVT modes... S is good for passing and thats about it. You really don't need to drive in S all the time as it just sucks down gas because it ups the rpms during cruising and makes the throttle super touchy. Normal "D" is fine 90% of the time, if you need to pass shift down into "S" and then back to "D" once you're where you want to be (it won't hurt the transmission to do this).

Most reviews say the new 1.5T feels light and plenty powerful, i'd say unless you're coming from a much larger more powerful engine, the car shouldn't really feel heavy when speeding up, the civic has ample power for it's size and weight.
 

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Ah yes!
Small displacement turbo with CVC drives differently for sure. Plenty of turbo lag.
Do not stomp the gas in this car. The most acceleration is generated by first feathering the gas pedal and then squeezing the gas on to maintain turbo boost.
If you select the turbo-boost display on under the speedometer its easy to see when the engine characteristics are optimum for making power, and change your habits accordingly.
I will use "S" for quick acceleration and then go back to D.
 

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I recently drove from Michigan to South in EXL Civic and I will say it pepped up when driven in sport mode. The suspension tightens up and handles mountains much better. Drive mode spins the wheels faster but handles a bit loose. Sport mode uses more gas.
 

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I recently drove from Michigan to South in EXL Civic and I will say it pepped up when driven in sport mode. The suspension tightens up and handles mountains much better. Drive mode spins the wheels faster but handles a bit loose. Sport mode uses more gas.
"S" mode on the civics doesn't do anything to the suspension. All it does is change the gear mapping for the transmission to allow the car to stay in peak torque area. It's not nearly advanced enough to change things like the suspension feel or steering feel. It's just a change in throttle response.
 
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