Do you use your different Nissan driving modes?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Nissan Sentra on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 6:41 pm
2018 Nissan Sentra silver side profile

Difference between Nissan Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes

When you drive the 2018 Nissan Sentra, you might notice you have a rare opportunity for a CVT-equipped model in that the compact car offers different driving modes. If, like many of us, you’re accustomed to an automatic that simply has one driving mode, you might be confused on what the differences are between the Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes in your vehicle. For owners who have been keeping it on the normal mode this whole time, you might want to consider your other Nissan driving modes.

Why use different driving modes?

Traditionally, you get just one driving mode in automatic or CVT-equipped vehicles. Put your key in the ignition or push start and you’re off. But what if you could change your driving mode? This is the thought behind the Eco, Normal and Sport driving mode selection.

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So what do they do? Your Normal driving mode is just that. The everyday mode you might use that feels well-paced and offers average fuel economy ratings. Think of it as the mode you’re used to when you don’t have the options of other modes.

Eco mode is just as it sounds. It’s the most economical mode to use, but it’s best saved for longer trips. It’s a bit like putting a leash on power, as it limits acceleration, so it isn’t ideal for trips around town when you have a lot of stop-and-go traffic situations. So when is the right time to flip it on? Whether you’re going on a road trip, have a long commute or are simply driving far to visit friends and family, Eco mode is best used when you’re spending a long time on the highway. If you’d be inclined to use cruise control, you might as well switch on Eco mode to save some fuel while you’re at it.

Individual pictures person behind steering wheel displaying Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes

Finally, there’s Sport mode, which you might consider the opposite of Eco mode. Instead of throttling you back in order to save fuel, you’re given more power so you can hold a higher RPM before automatically shifting into next gear. This makes it, well, more fun to drive. It also means you won’t be as efficient, so it’s not necessarily a mode to try all the time. It also only works at speeds above 20 mph, so it’s another mode you might save for when you know you’ll be going faster.

Have you tried different Nissan driving modes? Tell us what you think with a comment here at the Glendale Nissan Blog.

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