Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Getting Used To Automatic

  1. #1
    Pitter Pitter's Avatar

    2020 CX-5 Signature

    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Cali, Colombia
    Posts
    157

    Getting Used To Automatic

    For the last thirty years I have driven manual shift vehicles, my most recent here in Colombia before Mazda CX-5 purchase was a Renault Duster. While upshifting is very smooth there seems to be a lag time when downshifting. I feel it was faster on my manual shift and easier to stay "on cam". I don't know, maybe I need to gun it harder to make it downshift faster or maybe use manual shift mode. Any thoughts?

  2. #2
    Registered Member


    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Posts
    44
    You should be able to move the shifter to the side which enables "manual" mode. In that mode you can tap the shifter forward and back to manually change gears.

    Or, you can use the button on the console to enable "Sport" mode. It'll still be automatic but it holds the gears longer while upshifting and downshifts a bit harder.

    Bottom line...an automatic transmission is never going to mimic a true manual/standard entirely.

  3. #3
    Pitter Pitter's Avatar

    2020 CX-5 Signature

    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Cali, Colombia
    Posts
    157
    Thanks for your comments.

  4. #4
    Registered Member

    2010 Mazda 5 Sport

    Join Date
    May 2019
    Posts
    65
    There's a reason why Automatics are referred to as "slush boxes". They will never feel as tight as a manual transmission or hit the shift at exactly the RPMs you would like it to.

    I love driving manual cars. 4cyl to v8. It's always a better experience. I was happy to snag the Mazda5 with manual transmission that I got. The 4cyl feels that much more alive than the Mazda5 of my mother who has an automatic.

  5. #5
    Pitter Pitter's Avatar

    2020 CX-5 Signature

    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Cali, Colombia
    Posts
    157
    Oh well...times they are a changin'..and I guess have been. When I ordered a 1993 Dodge Dakota 4x4 in the US I had to wait a bit to get a 5 speed manual. Everything on the lot was automatic. Years later when I sold it buyer was amazed he could find the truck with a manual.

  6. #6
    Registered Member

    2019 CX-5 Reserve

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    South Florida
    Posts
    78
    Automatics have come a long way, with lockup torque converters and different programming modes from the old three-speed autos. Better gas mileage used to be a big draw, but that*s mostly gone away, and you had to do it right and not keep it in the lower gears too long. I*ve had manual transmission cars, but it was a pain in stop and go traffic and starting on an incline. For the vast majority of people, a manual just isn*t worth the effort in everyday driving.

  7. #7
    Registered Member

    2018 CX-5 GT PP

    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    35
    The Mazda transmission is pretty great in most conditions. But it can't handle my road; tight and twisty with a lot of elevation gain. There's a 1.5 mile section on the climb that I have to shift into M2, otherwise it's just hunting for the right gear. My 1985 380SL Benz handles this section just fine, with that V8 purr.

    It's a bit disappointing that a CX-5 in auto can't handle a mountain road as well as an antique. But it's easy to shift into manual and push her through the hairpins...I have way too much fun through the double S-section. Don't need to manually shift on my descent, auto works fine.

  8. #8
    Pitter Pitter's Avatar

    2020 CX-5 Signature

    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Cali, Colombia
    Posts
    157
    Thanks. I think we have some somewhat similar driving conditions.That lag when I hit the gas to pass someone on my mountain road going up hill is definitely disconcerting i.e I step on the gas to pass the guy in front of me knowing hey I've got the power but...when will it kick in???

  9. #9
    Registered Member

    2019 CX-5 Reserve Eternal Blue

    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Central Virginia, USA...the winding rural part
    Posts
    1,036
    I drove mostly manual shift the first 20 years I had my license (learned to drive on a 3-speed column shift), even in that '75 Vega wagon I had for a while.

    Then in 1990 I got a new pickup truck...manual shift was not offered as an option. Same for the 2005 truck I bought.
    Who in their right mind makes trucks without offering floor shift????

    I moved to this rural area 10 years ago and got a beater 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo with a manual shift & 5th gear overdrive. I was in heaven! She was my zippy 20 year old Swede. I miss Inga. Zooma Zooma, baby. Zooma Zooma.

  10. #10
    Registered Member

    2019 CX-5 Reserve Eternal Blue

    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Central Virginia, USA...the winding rural part
    Posts
    1,036
    Quote Originally Posted by dwill View Post
    I*ve had manual transmission cars, but it was a pain in stop and go traffic and starting on an incline.
    And that right there is the issue.

    I lived in the DC area for 50 years. At first manual shift was fine. Then it grew to the point where even a short commute involved constant shifting...you would barely get out of First when traffic would stop again.

  11. #11
    Structural Member shadonoz's Avatar
    Donated: $5

    2017 CX-5 GT AWD Tech

    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    State of Jefferson - southern Oregon
    Posts
    2,332
    Quote Originally Posted by Pitter View Post
    Thanks. I think we have some somewhat similar driving conditions.That lag when I hit the gas to pass someone on my mountain road going up hill is definitely disconcerting i.e I step on the gas to pass the guy in front of me knowing hey I've got the power but...when will it kick in???
    You've got noticeable turbo lag? I thought all reports were that it was well controlled with this engine...?

    Or are you talking about downshifting?

  12. #12
    Pitter Pitter's Avatar

    2020 CX-5 Signature

    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Cali, Colombia
    Posts
    157
    I think it is the downshifting as it was on an up hill grade when I experienced it.

  13. #13
    Registered Member

    2019 CX-5 Signature; 2014 CX-9 Touring AWD

    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    353
    Like all other vehicles I've ever driven with electronic throttle control, my CX-5 seems more responsive when I take maybe half a second to go from zero to full pedal engagement. I've always operated under the assumption that slamming the pedal to the floor is momentarily ignored by the engine controller, and it's only when you maintain full pedal that the system interprets your input as a request for power and not just a clumsy placement of your foot.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    I'll thank you to kindly see yourself off of my lawn.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-03-2013, 07:28 PM
  2. Automatic Climate Control - is not automatic
    By CX-5-2013 in forum CX-5 Infotainment
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-18-2013, 12:06 PM
  3. Automatic ECU
    By Jacob Boersema in forum Protege5
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-04-2010, 10:19 PM
  4. MPG for a 1.6L automatic
    By Pyro-tege in forum Mazda Protege
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-08-2009, 08:33 AM
  5. Automatic 02
    By L8R in forum Mazda Protege
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 10-14-2003, 01:34 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
  •