How To Use Toyota Paddle Shifters
It seems in many cases that the manual gearbox is going the way of Dodo, being left off many automotive spec sheets and being replaced with a dynamic automatic transmission that features steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. This innovative feature provides the thrilling and sporty feel of a manual transmission in addition to the convenience of an automatic. If paddle shifters are new to you, take a look at our quick tips on how to use Toyota paddle shifters in your 2016 Toyota Corolla.
What Are Toyota Paddle Shifters?
If you grew up driving a manual transmission, the automatic transmission with paddle shifters provides the best of both worlds. A transmission option for many sport-tuned Toyota models including the 2016 Toyota RAV4 SE, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters give you more control over your vehicle’s performance. When you are tired of the standard automatic transmission, you can manually override the gear selection to amplify your performance. When your vehicle is equipped with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, you can choose between automatic and manual mode.
How Do Toyota Paddle Shifters Work?
To best illustrate how steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters work, we are taking a closer look at the athletic Toyota Corolla S trim level. Equipped with the CVTi-S transmission, you can shift up or down through seven separate gears by using the paddle shifters mounted on the back of the steering wheel. In order to operate this system, you must be in Drive or Manual mode and away you go.
When in Drive mode, if you pull one of the paddle shifters, the transmission will temporarily shift into Manual mode and give you a quick upshift or downshift. To stay in Manual mode, you will move the shift lever over to the left. In Manual mode, you have full control over the transmission shift points and when you pull the + paddle, the transmission will upshift to the next highest gear and will downshift to the next lowest gear when you pull the – paddle.
This new feature may take some getting used to, but once you become acclimated to the proper shift points, getting behind the wheel of the 2016 Toyota Camry with paddle shifters is a blast. If you are a visual learner, the how to use Toyota paddle shifters video above will show you the way. For more information on Toyota models available with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, contact the J. Pauley Toyota sales desk directly.