Your Best Source for Genuine Mazda Parts!
Your Best Source for Genuine Mazda Parts!
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 60

Thread: Transmission: Manual vs. Auto with Manual Mode

  1. #1
    She Who Zooms

    2013 CX5 Sport Manual, Liquid Silver

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    NorCal
    Posts
    18

    Transmission: Manual vs. Auto with Manual Mode

    For my last 2 cars I've had a manual transmission & I've sworn that I'm a stick-shifter for life. But now with the CX-5 I'm torn… I still want all the control of a manual; but gosh-darnit I just don't want a gray, black, or silver vehicle. I'd take the silver if I had to, but I really want that funky sky blue.

    I'm still waiting for our local inventory to perk up so I can finally test drive both versions, but what do y'all think of the manual transmission with the manual mode? I wouldn't expect the "manual mode" to really be like a manual, but has anyone found it to be "close enough" so they could get the other features on the other trims of the CX-5?

  2. #2
    Registered Member CX-SV's Avatar
    Donated: $15

    2013 CX-5 GT AWD w/tech (Mar'12-Jul'14)

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    northern CA
    Posts
    3,292
    IMO, get the auto tranny, it's the better tranny for a SUV such as the CX-5. And it's easier to sell later too.

    On the rare occassions when you really need the control of a manual, the manual mode works very well. The manual mode is unusually good and better than all in this class of SUV's. But 95% of the time I typically use the auto mode with good results.

  3. #3
    Registered Member


    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    College Point, NY
    Posts
    55
    I want a manual because I want to press the clutch pedal when I shift gears. Also, a manual is less expensive than automatic. If I get an automatic, I'm the kind of guy that would have to get the GT AWD with all the options and features and pay 30k+. So it works out for me getting a manual.

  4. #4
    Registered Member dasayheykid's Avatar

    Mazda CX-5, GT

    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    77
    Quote Originally Posted by CX-SV View Post
    IMO, get the auto tranny, it's the better tranny for a SUV such as the CX-5. And it's easier to sell later too.

    On the rare occassions when you really need the control of a manual, the manual mode works very well. The manual mode is unusually good and better than all in this class of SUV's. But 95% of the time I typically use the auto mode with good results.
    I agree as well, the automatic is really nice. The sport mode up and down shifts smoothly and very well.
    And with the auto tranny it automatically shifts down when going down a steap grade or under sudden braking.

    I had a sport mode with my old P5, and it really shined in stop and go traffic or during winter driving. It's proven invaluable for me to have. Having the auto with the sport mode gives the best of both world for me.
    2013 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD - Tech Package, Black Mica

  5. #5
    Registered Member

    Cx-5 Sport 6MT

    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    St. George Utah
    Posts
    6
    You really have to test drive both, and if you are a stick lover then I'm betting you will pick the MT. The new shifting technology is actually a sweet feature of this model. Even if you get the color you love, in a year or two you will be over that color but you will still be smiling driving this fun little car

    I got the black mica MT 5 days ago and it looks pretty dusty already. I love the funky blue also!!!! There were officially no other options for me as I drove home with the last one withing 300 miles. I am having so much fun driving it NO regrets!

  6. #6
    Registered Member

    Former 2013 CX-5 GT owner

    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    canada
    Posts
    442
    As far as automatic manual mode cars go, this is a good one. I only drive in the manual mode. The only drawback is you dont get the clutch control in first to get the rpms up and get a good start. The car really doesn't start to pick up well until about 2k rpms in first and there's not much you can do about it. But once you do get rolling it is great. But, only you can be the judge if it will satisfy you.

  7. #7
    Registered Member


    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    112
    I was in another CX-5 forum and an owner stated he thinks the Skyactiv-Drive transmission is "unsafe" for the car because his jumps several gears when downshifting and takes "2-3 seconds" to respond to driver input. He also said the shifts are choppy and he hates it. I suggested he take the car to his Mazda dealer for an inspection. Anyone else experience this, or feel this way?

  8. #8
    Registered Member ta240's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Crazyfornia
    Posts
    312
    Items For Sale
    in auto mode I've probably only felt 2 or 3 shifts in 1000 miles. The transmission is just so smooth. I haven't messed with the manual mode much as so far the transmission has always been in the gear I wanted, but couple of times I've tried the manual mode it is super smooth too.

    why would someone buy a car that did what he says his is doing? People need to insist on longer test drives. Some of the places we looked at cars had little less than 5 minute loops for the test drives. The Mazda dealer let us drive all over the place. And we went on 2 test drives in it on different days along with another drive in a sport model.

  9. #9
    Registered Member CX-SV's Avatar
    Donated: $15

    2013 CX-5 GT AWD w/tech (Mar'12-Jul'14)

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    northern CA
    Posts
    3,292
    Quote Originally Posted by Aviboy97 View Post
    I was in another CX-5 forum and an owner stated he thinks the Skyactiv-Drive transmission is "unsafe" for the car because his jumps several gears when downshifting and takes "2-3 seconds" to respond to driver input. He also said the shifts are choppy and he hates it. I suggested he take the car to his Mazda dealer for an inspection. Anyone else experience this, or feel this way?
    Yes, we know about the complainer. btw - Mazda he is complaining about is not a CX-5.

  10. #10
    Registered Member


    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    112
    Quote Originally Posted by CX-SV View Post
    Yes, we know about the complainer. btw - Mazda he is complaining about is not a CX-5.
    According to the other forum, he owns a 2013 CX-5 GT w/ tech. This is what he said...

    "I've had it downshift 3 or more gears when goosing the gas, and again it takes 2-3 seconds before the transmission engages again. There's nothing normal about it. I find this to be the choppiest automatic transmission I've ever driven (with automatic transmissions, I've owned 2 Accords, an Elanta, had a 2010 Mazda3 prior to the CX-5, and I spent over 100 days driving rental cars last year).

    I get that this transmission is designed to aggressively downshift to maximize fuel economy, but in my opinion there are many situations (e.g. highway passing, CC doing uphill) where the clutch lag makes this car UNSAFE to drive.

    The manual mode allows you to control what gear it's in, but the clutch seems to pop as soon as you shift up or down. There's no smooth "letting the clutch out" when you downshift, it immediately over-revs. The downshift in manual has the same effect, it's like slamming the clutch in, shifting, and immediately letting it out without allowing the engine to equalize.

    The CX-5 is really an incredible vehicle, which is rendered unfun and unsafe by its Skyactive automatic transmission."

    Who is the guy on here??

  11. #11
    Registered Member CX-SV's Avatar
    Donated: $15

    2013 CX-5 GT AWD w/tech (Mar'12-Jul'14)

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    northern CA
    Posts
    3,292
    Quote Originally Posted by Aviboy97 View Post
    According to the other forum, he owns a 2013 CX-5 GT w/ tech. This is what he said...

    "I've had it downshift 3 or more gears when goosing the gas, and again it takes 2-3 seconds before the transmission engages again. There's nothing normal about it. I find this to be the choppiest automatic transmission I've ever driven (with automatic transmissions, I've owned 2 Accords, an Elanta, had a 2010 Mazda3 prior to the CX-5, and I spent over 100 days driving rental cars last year).

    I get that this transmission is designed to aggressively downshift to maximize fuel economy, but in my opinion there are many situations (e.g. highway passing, CC doing uphill) where the clutch lag makes this car UNSAFE to drive.

    The manual mode allows you to control what gear it's in, but the clutch seems to pop as soon as you shift up or down. There's no smooth "letting the clutch out" when you downshift, it immediately over-revs. The downshift in manual has the same effect, it's like slamming the clutch in, shifting, and immediately letting it out without allowing the engine to equalize.

    The CX-5 is really an incredible vehicle, which is rendered unfun and unsafe by its Skyactive automatic transmission."

    Who is the guy on here??
    Since it's a guessing game as to what forum you are referring to, it's obviously not the Mazda3 owner whining on Mazda Enthusiasts forum about his Skyactiv tranny.

    btw - Given whatever jibberish he posted above, not sure he has a (automotive) clue, lol, seems troll-like. He needs driving lessons and some basic automotive schooling.
    Last edited by CX-SV; 06-14-2012 at 01:08 PM.

  12. #12
    Registered Member


    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    112
    On Edmunds.com. That's where he was.

  13. #13
    Registered Member CX-SV's Avatar
    Donated: $15

    2013 CX-5 GT AWD w/tech (Mar'12-Jul'14)

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    northern CA
    Posts
    3,292
    Quote Originally Posted by Aviboy97 View Post
    On Edmunds.com. That's where he was.
    Good reason to not use that as resource, given the rental car wizzard.

  14. #14
    Registered Member Jcanracer's Avatar

    CX5 Sport 6spd

    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    South Florida
    Posts
    268
    To the OP, I test drove both, settled on the Manual.
    Reasons:
    1. The shifttronic (or whatever you want to call it) in the auto was the wrong pattern. Dave Coleman at Mazda USA disagrees with me saying that its the proper rally setup to push forward to downshift and pull back to shift, but my time owning a mitsubishi with similar shifttronic programmed me to expect the opposite pattern.
    2. The Manual gets better Hwy mileage, at least on paper, and thats where I do 75% of my daily commute.
    3. Coming from a Toyota economy manual to the Mazda manual transmission, the Mazda's felt AMAZING. I'll even forgive the once-in-a-blue-moon notchiness shifting from 3-4 that has been reported on this forum.

  15. #15
    Registered Member CX-SV's Avatar
    Donated: $15

    2013 CX-5 GT AWD w/tech (Mar'12-Jul'14)

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    northern CA
    Posts
    3,292
    BWM pattern is same as Mazda, forward to downshift, back to upshift.

    My Lexus is the opposite, but it does not matter since never manually shift via floor shifter,the paddle shifters work best.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How the manual mode work?
    By katmar in forum CX-5 Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-27-2012, 05:54 AM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-10-2011, 11:15 PM
  3. Anybody done track days in an auto with manual shift mode?
    By cbrcrx in forum Protege5 Lounge & Welcome Area
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-22-2010, 10:06 PM
  4. auto vs manual transmission
    By bdubya604 in forum CX-7 Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-27-2009, 11:03 AM
  5. $ to convert auto to manual transmission
    By cbcbd in forum Off Topic, Hobbies & Humor
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-14-2003, 06:08 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •