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Hi All,
I just got a Hybrid Blue, and I was wondering about the differences between the “Eco” and “Smart” driving modes. A friend has a an Elantra hybrid, and his didn’t have an Eco mode - only the Smart, Normal, and Sport. On the Tucson hybrid, there’s no “Normal”. Anyway, was wondering what people’s experience is between the two non-sport modes.

Thanks!

Pat
 

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There is a really good explanation in the owner's manual. I personally don't use smart mode. It is supposed to adjust shift points according to your driving habits. I assume eco mode is normal mode for the hybrid. It adjusts shift points and to maximize economy and uses more power steering assist. Sport mode 1) allows the gas engine to kick in more often to increase performance at the expense of fuel economy. 2) It lessens power steering boost for better handling. 3) It also allows you remain in the selected gear longer when manually shifting with the paddles. When you use paddle shifters in eco mode, it reverts to "D" if you don't manually shift within a few seconds.
 

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FWIW, here’s my experience … after about 4 months and 5700 kms (3500 mi) of driving, I’ve come to the conclusion that Smart mode is anything but! There’s no discernible difference between that and Eco so going forward I will only be using Eco and Sport.
 

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Especially if more than one driver uses the car and they have different driving habits. If you read the description in the manual of how it works, it really sounds like nonsense.
 

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Thanks All. I just took a look at the manual as well. I don't think it necessarily means Smart mode is supposed to learn from how you drive in a predictive sense, but more that if while you're driving you're driving you step on the gas hard it will respond more like it would in Sport mode instead of limiting the response like it would in Eco mode. And if you drive gently it will respond in a more fuel efficient manner. So instead of always being in Eco or Sport mode, it's supposed to react more based on your inputs (I imagine mostly on how you're accelerating).
 
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