Originally Posted by hoopitup
Wow, what tires did the Veloster come with from the factory?
Was it worse than a conventional automatic? I hate most auto equipped 4 bangers as most over downshift on inclines.
I believe the tires were Kumho (sp) but that wasn't the issue with the handling. The rear suspension is some type of twisted beam design (I think) and when it is suddenly unloaded, i.e. a dip in the road; it reacts by trying to untwist itself. BTW - I am no engineer so I can't make these statements as facts. I only reported how the suspension reacted and that I nearly lost control of the car. Gummy racing tires wouldn't make that car handle any better.
The automatic, it was the gear ratios, I guess. You could shift it manually and that was neat but on the open road (Highway) and in automatic mode, it would constantly downshift if the road wasn't level. There are portions of my commute that has some pretty serious hills. There are two of those that saw the V's tranny downshift all the way down to 3rd gear!!!
MPGs would drop all the way down to 26. If I drove in manual mode, like a granny and downshifted prior to the hills...ah heck, it was crazy.
The same drive in the Sentra SR with it's CVT transmission (that all the magazines hate) butter smooth and on those same steep hills, RPMs never climb above 3,100 rpms. The MPGs never dropped below 38.8. My first tank was 35.9 MPGs and I am really amazed. Cheers!