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2008 Mazda CX-9: Long Way Down to 1st Gear

July 28, 2008

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I prefer to use the manual-shift option if a car offers it, especially in stop-and-go traffic because it helps me stay off the gas and brake pedals. Just go back and forth from 1st to 2nd gear and I'm not always nudging the gas to move up 5 feet. I tried this with our 2008 Mazda CX-9 but the jump in gear from 2nd to 1st is so great that it causes an undue amount of engine braking and I fear that the motorist behind me will think that I'm stopping short for no apparent reason. No biggie though. I just made sure to slow way down before I downshifted so it wasn't as obvious. Took some getting used to.

But at least I'm not this guy. Sitting in stop-and-go traffic in this car must be torture!

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Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 19,648 miles

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