I'm pretty sure it does save fuel skipping gears, if it'll get you faster up to the highest possible gear for the intended final cruising speed. When there is slow accelerating traffic ahead stepping through all of the gears might be better.
For whatever it's worth, that is opposite of the behavior enforced by CAGS, which makes you skip gears if you're behind slow traffic and lets you use all your gears if you're accelerating hard.
Also, I should note that in my analysis in an earlier post I said it was to cheat the EPA MPG rating system, and that was close but it was actually to avoid the gas guzzler tax. I don't think that tax exists anymore, though there are of course fines for CAFE violations.
Thats true (I misread the original post, thought it was skipping 1:st and starting from 2:nd) but lingering in first gear during slow acceleration sounds like a really bad behavior for FE. Might be some other reason they do that.
Most recommendations says 1:st gear should only be used a couple of meters to two car lengths from standstill until 2:nd gear can be engaged.
Maybe with a torque converter and tall gearing 1:st and 3:rd is the equivalent of 2:nd and 4:th in a manual. In that case it does make some sense.
Yup. In reading up on ratios for various vehicles I've found that to be pretty common when comparing a 4 speed automatic with a 5 speed manual. Also, 5th in the manual tends to be shorter than 4th in the automatic.
Just wondering what others' experiences are like. In my VX, there is no way I can start out in second unless I want to rattle around for about 50 feet. However, I can drive 5 feet in first gear and move to second with no problem. This the same for most everyone else or just me?