Kia Optima: Downshifting - Manual Transaxle - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or while driving up steep hills, downshift before the engine starts to “labor’’. Downshifting reduces the chance of stalling and gives better acceleration when you again need to increase your speed. When the vehicle is traveling down steep hills, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

Recommended Shifting
Drive the vehicle in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly without hesitating or stalling. This will give you the most efficient fuel economy and emission control. ...

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