Take Control of Your Mazda Driving Experience With Manual Shift Mode

How to Use Mazda Manual Shift Mode

You can shift in manual shift mode using either the shift knob or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

How to Use Mazda Manual Shift Mode

These days, few drivers know how to operate a manual transmission, but those who do know that it’s the most enjoyable way to drive. Now, if you’re one of those who doesn’t know how to drive with a manual transmission, don’t worry. By learning how to use Mazda manual shift mode, you can enjoy some of the benefits of manual shifting while still operating an automatic transmission.

mazda transmission mode and rpm displayUsing manual shift mode on your Mazda is simple, and if your vehicle is equipped with it, you can follow the steps down below. If you struggle learning how the system works, you can always contact us at Mazda of Lodi.

  1. Switch to manual mode: To switch into manual shift mode, simply slide the shifter left from D to M. The selected gear will illuminate in the instrument cluster.
  2. Shift using the shift knob: All you need to do to shift to a different gear is to push the shift knob forward to shift down to a lower gear, and pull the shift knob backward to shift into a higher gear.
  3. Paddle shifters: Paddle shifters can also be used to shift in manual mode. They should be marked with a “-” sign and a “+” sign. Shift to a higher gear by pulling the right paddle and to a lower gear using the left paddle.
  4. Direct Mode: You can also shift using the paddle shifters while the shifter is still in D. This is called Direct Mode and allows you to temporarily take control of transmission shifting. Direct Mode will be canceled after a certain amount of time, if you drive too slow, if you stop the vehicle, or if you pull and hold the right paddle shifter toward you.

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What are the benefits of using manual shift mode?

For some, driving in manual shift mode may just be more fun. But there are some benefits to operating in manual shift mode that you can take advantage of, such as getting the right amount of power for passing on the highway or cornering. It’s just a simpler way for you to take more control of your transmission’s shifting, so if that’s something that interests you, try it out.

Knowing how to use Mazda manual shift mode can be a lot of fun, but be sure to read up on how transmissions work, when to shift and how you can get the most out of your vehicle when shifting manually. Stay tuned for more Mazda insights right here on the Mazda of Lodi blog.