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I just purchased a 2019 MKC Reserve & have some questions. The car I replaced had an O/D Off button on the gear shift knob that I pushed while driving down a mountain to help the car brake. I can't figure out how to shift to a lower gear on this vehicle. I'm thinking it is the "S" button, but if so, at what speed can I safely shift into it & how do the paddle shifters on the steering wheel work? The brochure doesn't adequately explain the different gears. I'm going from a 2002 RX 300 to this vehicle & there are many differences. Thank you for any help you can provide.
 

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If you press the "S" button on the dash the paddles become active. The PCM will still manage the shifting a bit if you choose the wrong gear or wind the engine too high.. Also note if you have ride control there are setting and throttle response when you select "S".
 
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Thank you for the quick reply, Blankster. Do you need to be at a dead stop when you shift from "D" into "S" or can you select it at any speed?
 

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Paddles are active in both D and S modes, but the shift points are different. I often downshift while in D mode when coming to a stop. I'm sure I have shifted between D and S modes while driving. When in S mode, the system is expecting you to shift with the paddles and will only automatically shift if the engine is revving too high. I believe the S mode provides more engine breaking. A quote from my 2017's owners manual pertaining to the S mode:

The transmission will automatically upshift if
your engine speed is too high or downshift
if your engine speed is too low.
Note: The system will stay in manual control
until you make another shift button selection.
For example, drive (D).
 

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In a situation like that you can just use the paddle shifters to shift down....you don't have to switch from D to S. I do it all the time.
 

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Thank you, Countryguy. That's the answer I was looking for. I replaced a 2002 Lexus RX300 with my new MKC & I wasn't at all familiar with paddle shifters. A lot has changed in 16 years :) I will feel confident that I won't grind the gears now coming down that mountain. Thanks again.
 

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HE LL You can hit reverse at 50 MPG and not damage the trans.....Don't ask. IF you do shift into reverse while traveling the backup camera comes on..
 
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Paddles are active in both D and S modes, but the shift points are different. I often downshift while in D mode when coming to a stop. I'm sure I have shifted between D and S modes while driving. When in S mode, the system is expecting you to shift with the paddles and will only automatically shift if the engine is revving too high. I believe the S mode provides more engine breaking. A quote from my 2017's owners manual pertaining to the S mode:
My 2019 MKC 2.3 AWD in S mode shifts automatically, no need to shift to next higher gear, and don't necessarily have to use the paddle shifters while in S.
 
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