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Does anyone use the paddle shifters??

 
Old 03-08-19, 06:09 PM
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Default Does anyone use the paddle shifters??

To me, M mode works better because it stays in the gear you choose.
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Old 03-08-19, 07:22 PM
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rarely.... mostly when I want to slow down a bit faster and engage the regenerative braking more without touching the brakes.... otherwise, novelty to me
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Old 03-08-19, 07:48 PM
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2nd most useless feature on an RX in my opinion. Only reason they have them on the RX is they use the same steering wheel on all the other Lexus models so they probably figure why remove it just keep it as a novelty and give RX owners something they can pretend makes a difference trick.
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Old 03-09-19, 01:48 PM
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After having two RX's (2014 F Sport & 2017 F Sport) with the paddle's I've learned to like them. Come in handy when I don't agree with the 8 speed transmission's selection or when using to change gears quickly when passing. I use them on a daily bases. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-09-19, 06:47 PM
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Use paddle shifters on daily basis - mostly downshifting to 4th and then 3rd while braking. If braking while going downhill I use downshifting to 2nd gear. When going downhill I almost automatically use Down shifter to brake less and keep RPM at 2k-3k.

Loved this feature on 2014 rx350, love it now. Was one of the reasons to go with f-sport. Really like that it automatically goes back into D after downshifting with mild acceleration. On 2016 RX downshifting seems to work smoother as it increases RPM for downshifting and then drops it after gear change.
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Old 03-11-19, 11:11 AM
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Observations from yesterday re the paddle shifters.

Going uphill to my house I downshifted into 2nd gear and as soon as I let off the gas a bit to make a gentle turn I came out of 2nd. I downshifted again with the paddle shifter and the car went into1st gear. Anyone who has ever downshifted in M-mode into 1st gear while the car is moving knows how negatively the car reacts. I go up that hill in M2, no problem. I'm sure the paddle shifters were not designed to be used uphill.

When downshifting at a high rate of speed the car went into 5th gear. I would much rather drop gears in M-mode, much smoother.

I find that it is just as easy, maybe even quicker, to rapidly accelerate in sport mode rather than using the paddle shifters.

When going downhill with the paddle shifters and it goes back into D-mode it usually involves braking, something you are trying to avoid when going downhill. I'd rather control the speed in M-mode.

When downshifting into 2nd gear while going downhill it's very difficult to keep the rpm's under 4k.

I don't usually hold my hands in that position on the steering wheel.

The paddle shifters are fun to use!!
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Old 03-11-19, 12:31 PM
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I guess the only time I'd use them is help the idiot transmission find its gear, otherwise I never touch them. IMO, paddle shifters belong on 13 seconds and faster cars.
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Old 03-12-19, 12:38 PM
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i only use them if i want to stay in the same gear.. take the revs up high
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Old 03-13-19, 01:27 PM
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I use to use the paddle shifters in my other car but would sometimes downshift when I was going too fast and I'd get that engine surge so I stopped using them.

I LOVE the smoothness of the 450h CVT but I sometime miss the good ole days of the manual transmission. The last two times that I was traveling and needed a rental car I tried to get a manual but didn't have any luck. I bet most millennials don't even know how to drive with a manual transmission without cars to teach them
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Old 03-13-19, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ocarr View Post
I use to use the paddle shifters in my other car but would sometimes downshift when I was going too fast and I'd get that engine surge so I stopped using them.

I LOVE the smoothness of the 450h CVT but I sometime miss the good ole days of the manual transmission. The last two times that I was traveling and needed a rental car I tried to get a manual but didn't have any luck. I bet most millennials don't even know how to drive with a manual transmission without cars to teach them
Not many around any longer but they were fun to drive indeed.
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