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Default Drive Mode Upon Startup

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I was leafing through my owner's manual last night, and I read that if you shut the car off in ECO mode, when starting again it should default to ECO mode. I drive around town in ECO a lot, so this would be helpful. However, my car always defaults to NORMAL, which it should do when it's shut off in NORMAL or SPORT mode, respectively. Does the manual have it wrong, or am I missing something? 馃
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Always defaults to normal for me. My wife鈥檚 palisade is a rotary dial that you can set on eco and it remembers, but on the KN I always have to switch it after startup.
My '23 model always starts in "Normal" no matter what mode was last used.
never tried to do it with eco mode, but if you turn on the accessories before starting, you can put it into n mode before start up. maybe you can do that with eco mode? either way, still have to change it from normal on start up i believe.
Mine always starts in normal, I use Sport most of the time.
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Mine always starts in normal. I probably use eco 75% of the time for commuting because I deal with horrendous traffic and the fun modes chug gas/don鈥檛 offer anything in traffic. The rest of the time I鈥檓 in my custom mode. For normal but fun driving I have everything in Sport+ except the suspension, which I leave in normal, and the transmission, which I leave in sport. On days when I go out for a drive for fun/with the intention of flogging the car I have everything in sport+ and the suspension in sport. Sport + is just too harsh for street use in my area.

I find that it鈥檚 pretty hard to discerner any difference between normal mode and eco mode鈥nd that sport mode isn鈥檛 quite as crazy as I want for fun driving.
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On a side note, I've heard ECO mode is not good for our cars. Maybe something to do with injectors or some adverse effect of trying to save a couple pennies. The source was someone that seems to be well respected on the N stuff.
On a side note, I've heard ECO mode is not good for our cars. Maybe something to do with injectors or some adverse effect of trying to save a couple pennies. The source was someone that seems to be well respected on the N stuff.
If you could share a link or more info, I'd be interested in reading more about that lol.
If you could share a link or more info, I'd be interested in reading more about that lol.
Seconded. I use Eco mode all the time.
On a side note, I've heard ECO mode is not good for our cars. Maybe something to do with injectors or some adverse effect of trying to save a couple pennies. The source was someone that seems to be well respected on the N stuff.
That's interesting. My first Kona was a 2018 1.6T Trend, quite crude compared to the later N, and even the N-line, for that matter, so this may be comparing apples to oranges, somewhat.

The local Hyundai service manager at that time advised me to run the car in Performance mode (or maybe it was Sport, I can't remember what nomenclature they used then) in the winter to prevent the turbo from freezing. According to him, when the car was run in ECO mode the turbo didn't operate frequently enough to prevent it from freezing, or so was his explanation. No idea if this happened with the later N-lines, but I never ran my N-line in ECO in the winter, just to be safe.

At any rate, when the KN is forced to run around in ECO, it just feels like a stallion that's pacing back and forth in a pen, eager to escape and sprint across an open field in full gallop. My problem is that I'm cheap sometimes....I like to save gas, so I drive mostly in ECO.. 馃槑
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Considering the turbo is driven by exhaust, don't think it would ever get cold enough where I live for it to "freeze", lol!

I do like the fact that I can monitor oil temperature and know when the engine temp is "balanced" between coolant and lubrication.

For my driving environment I usually am in normal mode. Over many years and several Hyundai models/engines I have found little fuel economy difference between "Eco" and "Normal". Especially the 2014 Elantra GT 2.0L GDI engine. All sport did was raise the shift points and tighten the steering effort.
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