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Mazda 3 Owners Manual: Manual Shift Mode

The manual shift mode gives you the feel of driving a manual transaxle vehicle by allowing you to operate the selector lever manually. This allows you to control engine rpm and torque to the drive wheels much like a manual transaxle when more control is desired.

To change to manual shift mode, shift the lever from D to M.

Mazda 3. Manual Shift Mode


NOTE

To return to automatic shift mode, shift the lever from M to D.

NOTE

Indicators

Manual shift mode indication

In manual shift mode, the M of the shift position indication in the instrument panel illuminates.

Gear position indication

The numeral for the selected gear illuminates.

Type A

Mazda 3. Indicators


Type B

Mazda 3. Indicators


Type C

Mazda 3. Indicators


NOTE

Shifting

You can shift gears up and down by operating the selector lever or the steering shift switches * .

Manually Shifting up

(M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6) To shift up to a higher gear, move the selector lever back once.

Mazda 3. Manually Shifting up


To shift up to a higher gear with the steering shift switches, pull the UP switch ( ) toward you once with your
fingers.

Mazda 3. Manually Shifting up


WARNING Keep your hands on the steering wheel rim when using fi ngers on the steering shift switches: Putting your hands inside the rim of the steering wheel when using the steering shift switches is dangerous.

If the driver's air bag were to deploy in a collision, your hands could be impacted causing injury.

NOTE

Manually Shifting down (M6 M5 M4 M3 M2 M1) To shift down to a lower gear, move the selector lever forward once.

Mazda 3. Manually Shifting down


To shift down to a lower gear with the steering shift switches, pull the DOWN switch toward you once with your fingers.

Mazda 3. Manually Shifting down


WARNING Do not use engine braking on slippery road surfaces or at high speeds: Shifting down while driving on wet, snowy, or frozen roads, or while driving at high speeds causes sudden engine braking, which is dangerous. The sudden change in tire speed could cause the tires to skid. This could lead to loss of vehicle control and an accident.

Keep your hands on the steering wheel rim when using fi ngers on the steering shift switches: Putting your hands inside the rim of the steering wheel when using the steering shift switches is dangerous.

If the driver's air bag were to deploy in a collision, your hands could be impacted causing injury.

NOTE

Second gear fixed mode

When the selector lever is moved back while the vehicle speed is about 10 km/h (6.2 mph) or less, the transaxle is set in the second gear fixed mode. The gear is fixed in second while in this mode for easier acceleration from a stop and driving on slippery roads such as snow-covered roads.

If the selector lever is moved back or forward while in the second gear fixed mode, the mode will be canceled.

Shift gear (shifting) speed limit

For each gear position while in the manual mode, the speed limit is set as follows: When the selector lever is operated within the range of the speed limit, the gear is shifted.

Mazda 3. Shift gear (shifting) speed limit


Shift up

The gear does not shift up while the vehicle speed is lower than the speed limit.

Shift down

The gear does not shift down while the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit.

If the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit and the gear does not shift down, the gear position indication flashes 2 times to notify the driver that the gear cannot be shifted.

Kickdown

When the accelerator pedal is depressed fully while driving, the gear shifts down.

NOTE The gear also shifts down using kickdown while in the second gear fixed mode.

Auto-shift down

The gear shifts down automatically depending on the vehicle speed during deceleration.

NOTE If the vehicle comes to a stop while in the second gear fixed mode, the gear remains in second.

Recommendations for shifting

Upshifting

For normal acceleration and cruising, Mazda recommends these shift points: (U.S.A. and Canada)

Mazda 3. Recommendations for shifting


*1 Always observe local speed limit regulations.

Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift before the engine starts to overwork. This gives better acceleration when you need more speed.

On a steep downgrade, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

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