Is using Sportmatic bad?

Asked by Feb 11, 2016 at 10:48 AM about the 2013 Kia Soul +

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 2013 Kia Soul +. I love it! (I was driving a Kia Sedona minivan for 12 years.) I am having a blast with the Sportmatic transmission as I've always wanted to learn to drive manual. Now I keep reading that it's not good for the car. Is that true? I use it all the time.   :-/

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You have paddle shifters on your car don't you? They didn't install this feature unless they were all right to use? I don't think it's a problem at all. I have paddle shifters on my Subaru Outback and use them just fine. Do you mostly use these to slow you down? You cannot upshift faster than the automatic transmission .


Agreed...if they were bad, they'd not be installed. I use mine as I slow down when exiting a freeway.

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