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post #16 of 47 Old 06-07-2017, 07:21 AM
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Lately my hybrid is squeaking the tires in sport from a stop. the accelerator is super responsive. I think that the "electric" power is aiding in instant power to the wheels.

The CV transmission doesn't "downshift" when you step on it on the highway, but it zooms up to max RPM and accelerates quickly, considering the smallish gas engine.

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I have the hybrid and it has "EV" "ECO" and "SPORT" modes. It defaults to ECO mode and I have just mostly left it there. I does come off a stand still with a little hesitation but not much. I've only had it for a little over three weeks but I did try the SPORT mode once for a short period of time. It does make a big difference in response but like I said I didn't leave it there for long so can't say I saw much change in steering or suspension.
The EV mode, which is supposed to keep it in electric mode, is mostly useless. Maybe in a flat parking area or pretty much consistent speed stop and go it could be used, but the electric motor just does not have enough power to keep it there very long.
Overall, I just go with the default and so far really enjoy driving it.

Again I am catching up and sorry for bring up an older thread.

On my 2013 TAH I was under the impression that the default was what some call NORMAL.

Later to day I will drive to Columbus Ohio about 125 miles each way and very flat driving.
What would you mode would you drive ?
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Later today I will drive to Columbus Ohio about 125 miles each way and very flat driving.
What would you mode would you drive ?
If it's cool/dry enough out that you won't need air conditioning give ECO mode a try. Check your fuel mileage one direction. Leave the switch in NORMAL or SPORT mode for the journey home and, again, check mileage. SPORT mode boosts steering effort a bit and (for me) makes highway driving more enjoyable. Around town, SPORT makes the transmission more responsive and shifts at higher rpm so has an effect on fuel mileage.

Some owners have reported up to a 2 mpg boost in ECO but I think it's only because the AC isn't running as efficiently as it would in the other two modes.

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If it's cool/dry enough out that you won't need air conditioning give ECO mode a try. Check your fuel mileage one direction. Leave the switch in NORMAL or SPORT mode for the journey home and, again, check mileage. SPORT mode boosts steering effort a bit and (for me) makes highway driving more enjoyable. Around town, SPORT makes the transmission more responsive and shifts at higher rpm so has an effect on fuel mileage.

Some owners have reported up to a 2 mpg boost in ECO but I think it's only because the AC isn't running as efficiently as it would in the other two modes.

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When I press Ev, Eco or Sport nothing happens , the instrument panel only shows Eco

The example below is from the net and is not my Dash , but I have nothing light to the right of "READY"

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I do use the driving mode buttons. NORMAL most of the time, SPORT on the highway or for quick pedal response, ECO occasionally to hold higher gears longer (but not when it's too hot because of the AC reduction).

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Some owners have reported up to a 2 mpg boost in ECO but I think it's only because the AC isn't running as efficiently as it would in the other two modes.
I think the transmission shifts to a higher gear a little sooner and holds it longer too, and that is part of the minor mpg boost. Like I said, I find that the reduction in AC oomph is a deterrent for me to use it when it's hot out.

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SPORT mode boosts steering effort a bit and (for me) makes highway driving more enjoyable.
I agree. The Avalon can eat miles on the highway and SPORT makes it a more pleasant ride (through the wheel).

Off Topic,... I've found that by adding sound dampening to my already quiet Avalon, driving fatigue has been reduced quite a bit too, especially on long highway trips. I even had my 86 year old father make a comment to me (not knowing my modifications) that my Avalon was very quiet. His normal ride is a '15 Impala (which I find has a loud interior).

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When I press Ev, Eco or Sport nothing happens , the instrument panel only shows Eco
The message center of your Hybrid is different from my gas model and my display is different from the XLE but....when in ECO mode my message center gets a green bar and eco is shown at the top. When in NORM mode nothing is displayed, when in SPORT mode the display gets a red bar, "Sport Mode" is shown for a few seconds on the display and the word 'sport' displays near the headlight on icon.

Check your display again and see if there's a color bar or "sport" is displayed someplace when in that mode. Start button needs to be pressed twice or start (whatever it's called with hybrids) the car.

Another thought, check the Avalon Hybrid forum to see if you can get a more definitive answer.

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When I press Ev, Eco or Sport nothing happens , the instrument panel only shows Eco
Although that photo is for a Hybrid (I think), for me there is a SPORT light which appears adjacent to the ECO light's location. Additionally, the green bar above the odometer changes to red when in sport. I've got a '13 XLE Touring so your display may be different.

I assume that on a Hybrid, these buttons basically do the same as on my Touring. Increase throttle response and tighten the electric steering to the SPORT side, and decrease them going towards the ECO side (along with the HVAC decrease when in ECO).

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Although that photo is for a Hybrid (I think), for me there is a SPORT light which appears adjacent to the ECO light's location. Additionally, the green bar above the odometer changes to red when in sport. I've got a '13 XLE Touring so your display may be different.

I assume that on a Hybrid, these buttons basically do the same as on my Touring. Increase throttle response and tighten the electric steering to the SPORT side, and decrease them going towards the ECO side (along with the HVAC decrease when in ECO).

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Mine is the 2013 Hybrid

But as I said before pressing any of the 3 does nothing. Nor does it show any changes on the odometer .

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I like the responsiveness of Sport mode, but prefer the lighter steering in Normal mode. It really helped to have light steering after my heart attack when everything was an effort!!!!
When I'm on the interstate I always hit Sport because the tighter steering feels a lot more secure, and passing becomes pretty instantaneous.
Eco mode makes the Avalon horribly slow and unresponsive, and I never use it. That mode must be for post heart attack victims who didn't make it
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Mine is the 2013 Hybrid

But as I said before pressing any of the 3 does nothing. Nor does it show any changes on the odometer .
So, just for grins n giggles I checked out your owner's manual and did a little screen grab. You 'should' be seeing Eco and Sport modes indicated as shown (when ignition is on and in those modes of course).
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Mine is the 2013 Hybrid

But as I said before pressing any of the 3 does nothing. Nor does it show any changes on the odometer .
So, just for grins n giggles I checked out your owner's manual and did a little screen grab. You 'should' be seeing Eco and Sport modes indicated as shown (when ignition is on and in those modes of course).
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So, just for grins n giggles I checked out your owner's manual and did a little screen grab. You 'should' be seeing Eco and Sport modes indicated as shown (when ignition is on and in those modes of course).
Not my instrument cluster

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This is mine but I can press Sport,Eco and Ev all day long and it does nothing and sure doesn't show in that cluster

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I can press Sport,Eco and Ev all day long and it does nothing and sure doesn't show in that cluster
That being the case, could it be as simple as the plug for that bank of switches is disconnected? You can easily access it by pulling up on your cupholder and looking under the drive mode switches from the passenger side. Just a thought.

BTW, for your photo, is your Avalon turned ON and "running"? I don't have the Hybrid, but I don't think all of those would be lit when in the running position unless an awful lot of things were wrong.

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Those lights all go out , I just snapped the picture before it was done starting

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