2017~2021 CX-5 Sport mode questions

kaor34

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Hey, I have a 2019 CX-5 AWD touring with the preferred package on.

The sport mode makes me accelerate really quickly, but I have some questions with it.

1. If I only use the sport mode before 30mph to get the initial acceleration quickly (the rpm never goes over 4K), would it hurt my engine?

2. Does horsepower change when it*s in sport mode? I have a friend who drives a 286HP car and I can catch him up initially when I drive in sport mode.

Thanks for the response!
 
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'16.5 JBM CX-5 AWD GT tech, '19 Veloster N
Sport mode does 1 thing, gives you more response from less physical input..fine 2 things it holds gears way too long esp when you're super light on the throttle. Glad you're enjoying it but its a farce!
 
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CX5 GT-R
Sport mode does 1 thing, gives you more response from less physical input..fine 2 things it holds gears way too long esp when you're super light on the throttle. Glad you're enjoying it but its a farce!
This ^^^
Its identical to "Tow mode" in a truck.
 

Avoidin Deer

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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
Sport mode does 1 thing, gives you more response from less physical input..fine 2 things it holds gears way too long esp when you're super light on the throttle. Glad you're enjoying it but its a farce!

When I was test driving a 2018 CX-5, the salesguy had me try Sport Mode. I was freaking out because I thought it was winding the engine out way too much. I let off the throttle because the engine was screaming and took way too long to shift.

That being said, there are roads here where I love driving in Manual Mode and winding it out, but that's more of a controlled thing...and it makes me smile.
 
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2016.5 GT AWD
I use it for engine braking on long downhills. Sh*ts down a gear when engaged and another if you tap the brake.
 

Chris_Top_Her

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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
Hey, I have a 2019 CX-5 AWD touring with the preferred package on.

The sport mode makes me accelerate really quickly, but I have some questions with it.

1. If I only use the sport mode before 30mph to get the initial acceleration quickly (the rpm never goes over 4K), would it hurt my engine?

2. Does horsepower change when it*s in sport mode? I have a friend who drives a 286HP car and I can catch him up initially when I drive in sport mode.

Thanks for the response!

With a stock tune your most hp is over 4k lol. With an ecu tune you can regain a lot of hp/tq outside of WOT. This is where holding a gear like 3rd when you wanna quickly make a pass that's about to become available or something comes in handy.
 
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2016.5 CX-5 GT AWD titanium/black 2016 Miata Club ST MT white
You need racrom extension pack to vbe able to access racerm features like vsc sport mode trigfers for maps. This is not available with standard pro ecu ecutek kit.

Yeah, what he said. I think. lol
 
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2016.5 CX-5 GT AWD titanium/black 2016 Miata Club ST MT white
This ^^^
Its identical to "Tow mode" in a truck.

Sorry, but this isn't true. Have you ever driven a truck with tow mode while towing something BIG?

Tow mode and Sport mode may act in a similar way but they certainly aren't 'identical'.
 
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CX5 GT-R
Sorry, but this isn't true. Have you ever driven a truck with tow mode while towing something BIG?

Tow mode and Sport mode may act in a similar way but they certainly aren't 'identical'.

Not too big, but my Jeep in tow mode did the same. Eager tip in, held gears longer, etc. under partial throttle.
 
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Mazda CX-5 GT
When I was test driving a 2018 CX-5, the salesguy had me try Sport Mode. I was freaking out because I thought it was winding the engine out way too much. I let off the throttle because the engine was screaming and took way too long to shift.

This. SO many times, from a complete stop, my 2017 will NOT shift out of first gear, even with my foot barely on the gas pedal.
 

shadonoz

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2017 CX-5 GT AWD+
Sport mode gives the driver even less control over what the car is doing than standard automatic, being in the wrong gear more often than not.

There is no time when it is preferable to manual mode.

Sport mode is a useless gimmick.