It is an interesting post.This is a bad time of the year to test MPG, but as soon as the weather gets warmer I will test all three modes on my test course to see which one works best for mileage. My early tests did not show Sport Mode to be bad on mileage. But if I'm not trying to squeeze every last drop out, and not losing much over other modes, I might stay in Sport Mode. Acceleration and deceleration are that much better.
I think the Regen Paddles are great, and sometimes decrease regen on a coast to reduce using more energy to come back up to speed. The paddle setting does retain it's setting in Sport Mode. And I often use maximum regen instead of breaks. You have to anticipate what is coming ahead and react as soon as possible. So this way I recover the max energy and use very little disk breaks. That saves break wear. Unfortunately, this setting is cleared with ACC on, and does not retain in any other mode.It is an interesting post.
Re MPG testing, sports mode may not make a large difference IF the driving techniques are comparable to tests in the other modes. Testing is tough when you are trying to differentiate a couple of MPG. If you do tanks in the various modes, you will probably find it hard to maintain a "constant" driving style. I have had more success by doing relatively short test, say 10 miles, and using the car gauges to differentiate between the resultant MPG.
I guess tastes differ. The regen paddles come in for a fair amount of criticism, but I though it a good idea. The paddles allow the driver to make a judgement of how hard he wants to electrically retard his pace. It is a bit inconvenient that one cannot retain a level tailored to ones driving style.
^^ THIS!Is there actually any difference between using the paddle shifters and lightly applying the brakes? The brake pedal shouldn't use the disc brakes as long as you don't hit it too suddenly right? I'm sure it makes it easier to not accidentally hit it too hard, but is there any other difference?