What Does Sport Mode Do On a Mazda
Like any vehicle, your Mazda comes with a number of buttons, dials and switches, making it hard to keep track of what each one does. To explore the features on your Mazda model, you can consult your owner’s manual. But we wanted to focus on one particular feature of many Mazda models called Sport Mode. So, what does Sport Mode do on a Mazda?
How to Use Mazda Sport Mode
You can refer to your own vehicles owner’s manual for Sport Mode operation information specific to your model, but for these purposes, we will refer to the 2016 Mazda 6. To engage Sport Mode, you can simply press the Sport Mode button. Once this is done, you should see an indicator light appear on your instrument cluster that tells you Sport Mode is currently engaged.
Now that Sport Mode is on, what does it do for your vehicle? Sport Mode adjusts the transmission shift and engine throttle controls to deliver what could be described as a sportier driving experience. You can hit the Sport Mode button again to turn it off when it is no longer needed. The mode will also cancel automatically when the ignition is turned off.
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Advantages to Using Mazda Sport Mode
By default, Mazda SKYACTIV engines are impressively fuel efficient. They have an ideal balance of power and efficiency. By selecting Sport Mode, you opt for a more engaging driving experience, which means more fuel consumption due to higher engine speeds. The trade off is enhanced accelerator pedal sensitivity and the provision of quick acceleration for merging, changing lanes or passing other vehicles.
Most drivers will not want to use Sport Mode all the time, and it is recommended that it remains turned off for normal driving situations. Furthermore, you should avoid using Sport Mode in slippery or wet conditions.
Though most drivers will prefer the balance of engine power with efficient operation, Sport Mode is there when you need it for engaging winding corners or for certain highway driving situations. Now that you know what Sport Mode does on a Mazda, come try it out with a test drive at Mazda of Lodi.