S mode

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by detulio3, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. detulio3

    detulio3 Active Member

    Was wondering lately what the S means and what its purpose is compared to D. I know it is a slap shifter and ive heard they just limit the gear that you could be in but somebody give me a descriptive explanation! Just so curious so i know when to use it and when not to.
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  3. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    It’s sequential mode. When shifting to “S” mode it automatically goes to 4th and you can adjust from there.
    You can limit the gear you go into. I.E.- if in 3rd you won’t shift above 3rd gear but you will shift between 1-3rd.
    It’s useful for off road, bad roads, a little extra power out of a gear for faster acceleration, etc.
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  4. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Remember old school automatics where u could drop a "gear" by moving the selector on the column or center console?

    Just makes ur selective "throw" shorter :rolleyes:.

    Round wheel meet, round wheel with plastiderp... Basically.
  5. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Oh, and the infamous "ECT" button is a throwback to at least the 80's.
    Just holds "gears" slightly longer. Same effect can be had by WOT.. At least that's how vehicles back then were programmed. It's just like the AC compressor disengaging when at WOT, the shift points are automatically changed.

    The funny part is...... "S" and "ECT" have been shown to not effect acceleration anymore than just burying the pedal in the regular "automatic" mode.

    See what I mean? WOT/high load input is already being processed thru the ECU and tcu and maximizing shift points and cutting ac parasitic drag.
  6. Cape taco

    Cape taco Well-Known Member

    I drive in s mode all the time and I don't like 6 th gear because I hate the way it jumps from 5 to 6 in drive even on highway I don't use 6th the constant downshift drives me crazier !
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  7. Cape taco

    Cape taco Well-Known Member

    And I noticed my gas mileage drops from 19.6 to 19.3 when I run in 5th on the highway so to me its a no brainer plus it 's fun to shift it on the floor. since my 03 tundra was a column shifter
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
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  8. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    0.3 mpg?
    I wonder how much air density alone effects mpg.
    .3 just sounds trivial to me, but I'm not big on the hypermile game.
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  9. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    I think it's the wording in you eff previous post that effectively tc s your mileage. Its not that the shifting makes you crazy, Its the shifting that makes you drive crazy :D. S mode has the same effect on me and I see my gas mileage suffer because of it. :(
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  10. Cape taco

    Cape taco Well-Known Member

    I just love my truck when I get behind the wheel I just smile :D
  11. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

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  12. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

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  13. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    "S"mile mode
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