Playing with "Sport +" in my 9 speed
I have been in a TLX since May of '15, and have driven mostly in Sport mode. I have gotten comfortable with using the paddles to downshift before entering turns and highway on-ramps. Recently, though, I have been trying, and enjoying, the "Sport +" setting of the IDS. By keeping the trans in a lower gear, the power is there when it's needed. The paddle downshifts are quicker and more effective, and it makes the car a lot more fun to drive. Once I get to cruising speed on the highway part of my commute, I up shift to 9th, for the fuel economy benefit, but if I need to pass, 1 or 2 taps of the left paddle get the car moving. It's better for going down hills too, holding the lower gear so the car does not passively accelerate. Slowing to a stop can be a little rough due to the automatic progressive downshifts, but if I upshift once before braking, the car stays in that gear until it stops completely. I then usually press the "D" button to switch back to automatic shifting.
Anyone who would like to get a little more fun out of their 9 speed ride should give it a try.
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2015 TLX V6 SH-AWD TECH, BLACK COPPER PEARL