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What exactly does Smart Drive mode do on the 2019 S? I can't tell the difference between Normal and Smart drive modes. Smart drive shows the display switch between Eco-Normal-Sport, so is the car behaving differently when Eco is showing? I haven't done too much testing to discern the intended performance. When do you drive in Smart over Normal?
 

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the difference of normal and smart explained to me by my technician at kia was " normal is intended to stay running the vechiles rpms to a certain level each gear shift as you accelerate and slow down. Now smart mode is intented to adjust the level of rpm shifts to how you are driving for example more aggressive (sport) holds the gear longer and allowing to reach a higher rpm and eco keeps the rpms low allowing for more fuel efficiency".
 

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I use all three modes, often. In morning traffic, I feel safer, because of my more aggressive bias, in Sport Mode. If a problem is occurring, I like to quickly accelerate if possible. I could be wrong about this.. I could be in Eco Mode, and I suppose I could use the accelerator to drop to lower gear, but it seems to me ( I am not a mechanic) it is safer, to be in Sport mode when I feel I may suddenly have to change lanes , or accelerate, to avoid a collision.

I use Eco, where there are less cars.
Normal mode is occasionally used.
If going up a hill I prefer Sport Mode.
 

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I am also an owner of a 2019 Forte S. Hoping someone has insight on this. Viewing the Drive Mode screen (with the indicator that shows Economical/Aggressive) will show Smart Mode on UNTIL I engage my cruise control. The moment cruise is engaged it toggles to "Smart Off". Why would that be?
 

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Normal mode is pure average everything. Cruise control is basically long stretches of relatively steady throttle and rpm. There's no benefit to either of the other modes.
 

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I've had the 19 EX Launch Edition since the end of June and overall, love the car. I had concerns on the different drive modes and it was explained to me that in the 'smart' mode, it will more or less learn how you drive but when you do drive it a little harder, it will automatically work in either normal or even sport mode, as needed. Kick it into passing gear sometime and you'll see on the dash that it jumps out of smart mode into sport. Same with the cruise control. It frustrates me that at about 60mph my tach is well under 2000 rpm's but when I activate the cruise, the tach automatically jumps up to between 2500 and 3000 rpm's, which to me, reduces mileage. That was also explained to me that in cruise it does shut off the smart (eco) mode and run in normal mode. Other than that frustration, the shifting is seamless and works great.
 

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I was about to say you shouldn't see a difference in rpm, but then remembered you're driving a cvt.
 

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I am also an owner of a 2019 Forte S. Hoping someone has insight on this. Viewing the Drive Mode screen (with the indicator that shows Economical/Aggressive) will show Smart Mode on UNTIL I engage my cruise control. The moment cruise is engaged it toggles to "Smart Off". Why would that be?
 

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I have 2019 S Fort . Sport mode gives you quicker acceleration and faster response time. rpm runs higher for more hp. Eco mode is good for cruising. I get 40 mpg using eco mode on highway. Small delay on acceleration in eco mode.

Thinking of trading in for the Forte GT model.
Any thoughts?
 
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