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Is Sport mode "worth it"?

Contemplating spending the extra few grand on a WK2 with Select-Terrain. The only reason I'd be doing it is for Sport mode. How much better is Sport mode than Auto mode with regard to shift points, throttle response, etc?
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I hardly use the sport mode. I bought the Select Terrain 'coz i wanted a 4-lo option and hated the hole without it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:21 PM
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

It does make a slight difference - lets the engine rev slightly higher in each gear but by no means is it night and day difference performance wise - very subtle. If thats the ONLY reason you want it I would say skip... like Aiyer said the biggest advantage is the 4lo option esp if you do any type of off roading
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

It's a $700 option, not thousands.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I am for it. I think it is a night and day difference myself in that it holds the shift higer in the rpm before dropping into the next, makes "spirited" driving much much more fun. And since there is no tune available for the cars shift point yet I would get it again. I have the Quadra lift which also drops the nose of the car down some and the back just a little less for aerodynamics,,

I really do like the combination but that being said, my 3.6 is running great! Nice and strong! Sport mode really does liven it up!

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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I like Sport mode for a very different reason. I got the All Weather Package as I wanted the 4-Lo for resale value as around where I live you need that or the Hemi to get a boat out of the water. The rest of the time the V6 is all you need (I'm sure the Hemi is fun but I wanted cloth seats).

I found that it also significant changes the 4X4 to more of a rear wheel drive. The standard 40/60 split is terrible in small, tight city driving as the front fights the pavement when you have the wheel turned all the way to the stop. Flip to Sport mode and you no long have all the pulling/bucking feelings on the steering wheel. The city where I live allows commercial property to have no parking or only what they think they need for customers. So all the owners put in only compact car parking which makes every turn a full crank to the steering wheel stop (full size F-150's, etc can't park next to each other or even across from each other).

Of course if you live in a regular suburban area you won't notice a difference. When I took it to visit family, never switched it out of Auto mode as the parking lots were sized per normal zoning, but I also don't ever remember cranking the steering wheel to the stops.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

IMO, while it does make a difference, it is not like other euro brand sport/dynamic programs. Things aren't that much noticeably sporty.
Let me reiterate by saying that I have the Hemi, which has good pickup even without Sport on. From what I have heard, the Pentastar
in the WK2 is sluggish without the Sport.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I like the Sport mode. The car drives more "normal" as far as throttle response and shift points. Otherwise the Jeep doesn't respond much with throttle tip in and ultimately you push the pedal further until it kicks down a gear and takes off more than you would like. I wish there was a setting for the Sport mode shift points and throttle response along with the regular suspension height/ESC, which the Sport mode changes. Supposedly it also splits the power 20/80? Overall the Jeep feels lower, tighter and more responsive with Sport mode. I doubt there is any 0-60 time difference.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I use it on two lane curvy roads, the main benefit for me being the lower center of gravity.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

Why are you asking me? It's up to you. That's why it is optional.
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I like sport mode because it lowers the Jeep more and I like the lowered look. Not sure if the vehicle you are talking about has air suspension though. Heck, I would drive around in park mode if I could :-)
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Re: Is Sport mode "worth it"?

I used to use the Sport mode quite a bit when I first got the JGC, especially up windy mountain road where I live. Here lately though I have sort of forgot about it and keep it in auto mode. On the V6 it keeps the rpms quite a bit higher and shifts much sooner but that equates to more fuel being used. If I wanted more power and less mpg's I would have bought the Hemi.
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