Not Simple as 1-2-3 - 2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

2007 Hyundai Azera Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Hyundai Azera: Not Simple as 1-2-3

July 10, 2007

All of a sudden, I don't know how to drive stick. And I'm not blaming it on the Hyundai Azera by any means. It was just the car that I tried driving in its manual mode. I love driving stick but remember when I first had to come to terms with that "extra pedal" and how much I sweated every time I stalled the car...

So I figured that driving a manual mode in an automatic car couldn't possibly be as difficult, but, boy, was I wrong. (With all the cars I get to drive, I rarely try the manual mode.) I just can't figure it out but it seems that unlike a regular manual, you can't just downshift 4-3-2-1 without braking. And after watching the other more experienced drivers handle the mode, I had wanted to try using engine braking instead of the actual brakes to slow down.

I was rolling to a stop and tried to downshift all the way to 1st gear but it only went down to 2nd gear, so I gave up, switched back to "Drive" and hit the brakes. Boo. I know it'll take practice but I don't feel a pressing need to figure this out. Paddle shifters, yes. Automanual? Not so much.

Deputy Managing Editor Caroline Pardilla at 14,105 miles

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