Originally Posted by nicjak
The car sits lower to the road this in itself would be more economical!! + the usage of the accelerator be aggressive and it will use fuel be gentle it wont..
Aero mode and sport mode have the same ride height.
A difference of 0.6 inches if memory serves.
If you use moderate to heavy, but not full throttle, to get up to higher speeds and
therefore gears, you can actually increase gas mileage over staying in lower gears longer.
There is a bit of apples/oranges and even bananas here, as people with 8 speed transmissions are comparing against people without them, along with changes in design such that sport mode disables the ECO mode on newer units, so there is no real ability to compare the '14s against prior models as to how they behave.
The 8 speed without torque convertor in the '14 is worth a few MPG in pretty much any condition over older units. Dunno if thats why sport mode was made even sportier on the '14 by removing ECO or not.
I don't see a full gallon worth of MPG when running at speeds in the 40s and above with no start/stop or heavy hill climbing using Sport. It does change the driving characteristics into a bit less like a big suv and more like an older