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#1 Old 04-02-2010, 08:22 PM
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So i just picked up my Sonata Limited a couple hours ago. The dealer was very busy and I didnt feel like hanging around an hour so he could give me the tutorial since I can probably figure this car out in half the time it would take for him to explain it all, but I can't seem to find anything in the manual about the "ECO Mode" The display says Eco mode is on but exactly what is Eco Mode?
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It means that when you're driving in a fuel efficient manner you will have a little light in the center of the dash that lights up with a green 'eco'. Some people find it annoying so they give you the option of turning it off.

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Thanks. So it doesn't actually change anything about how the car drives or uses fuel it just gives you feedback about how economically you're driving?
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Thanks. So it doesn't actually change anything about how the car drives or uses fuel it just gives you feedback about how economically you're driving?
Exactly. But it really does make you aware of how you're driving. It's kind of fun to try to hit the sweet spot of good acceleration and economy at the same time.


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You can feel a difference in throttle and steering response with it off and on, for sure. It does something, just not sure what.
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It changes shift patterns. Makes it shift to a higher gear a lot sooner than if it was off.
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There appears to be two different implementations of ECO. By the accounts of others, there is an ECO light that tells you when you are driving economically. My car (Feb 2011), has "Active ECO" which has a button on the dash. When pressed (and the ECO light is displayed on the dash), throttle response is softened, quicker upshifts and the overall performance of the car is reduced at light throttle (<25%). With it off, you will notice a much better performing car.

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Earlier models, such as the ones being discussed when this thread started, did not have the ACTIVE ECO system. It was just an idiot light in the gauge cluster.

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So i just picked up my Sonata Limited a couple hours ago. The dealer was very busy and I didnt feel like hanging around an hour so he could give me the tutorial since I can probably figure this car out in half the time it would take for him to explain it all, but I can't seem to find anything in the manual about the "ECO Mode" The display says Eco mode is on but exactly what is Eco Mode?
To sum up what some have said, if you have a button on your left of the steering wheel, then you have the newest implementation of ECO Mode. Basically, it (allegedly) changes the shift points of the transmission and power of the AC system to allow for better fuel efficiency. I don't notice much of a difference in fuel efficiency but performance varies with it on or off. Performance is significantly better with ECO off. As for the shift points, I don't see much of a difference. I do get lower RPM in 6th.
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Unless your on a long stretch of highway going a constant speed, keep it off, and enjoy the acceleration! I get around 32MPG with the ECO off in the city.
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