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Old 07-07-2014, 08:57 PM   #95 (permalink)
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Thirsty little bugger, this one!

But the owner (another family member ... an aunt) was surprised & pleased at the difference a few basic techniques could make in city driving. The usual big suspect:

- looking well ahead and anticipating lights & traffic to avoid rushing into situations where hard braking is required. Momentum is your friend!

A former manual transmission driver, she was also more than happy to slide the shift lever over and take "manual" control over the default shift logic of the CVT.

I've posted about "short shifting" this car before:

You can get the RPM down significantly in city driving by bapping the shift lever until "5th" gear (fake 5th... it's a CVT!) is displayed.
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