How to Use Paddle Shifters

July 27th, 2020 by

2018 Honda Fit Paddle Shifters

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You may have seen paddle shifters listed as standard or available features on new Honda models, but what do paddle shifters do? Find out what they do, and how to use paddle shifters with Middletown Honda’s sales team. Then reach out to us for help finding the right Honda model equipped with paddles shifters for your use!

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What Are Paddle Shifters?

Paddle shifters are often located near or behind the steering wheel and allow for quicker shifting between gears. One paddle moves you up a gear, and the other paddle moves you down a gear. When you use the paddle, the clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection, which causes the gears to shift.  Paddle shifters increase your control on the Goshen roads by helping you better manage your RPMs. What’s more, they allow you to extend the life of your brake pads with correct downshifting.

Tips on How to Use Paddle Shifters

Paddle shifters are easy to use once you get the hang of them. To use them, you’ll want to enter manual mode. Doing so gives you full control to paddle shift. Using the right paddle to upshift and the left paddle to downshift, you’ll easily be able to move between gears in Monroe. It’s important to remember though, that to avoid damaging your vehicle, your vehicle won’t switch gears if:

  • You’re holding down one paddle and pressing the other at the same time
  • Pressing both paddles at the same time
  • You attempt to upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • You try downshifting before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You attempt to third or higher while stationary

If you’d rather take a break and let the automatic transmission take over for a while, switch into D mode.

2018 Honda Accord Sedan Paddle Shifters

Honda Accord Sedan Paddle Shifters

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Paddle Shifters

Honda Civic Hatchback Paddle Shifters

Honda Models With Paddle Shifters

  • Honda Fit
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic Sedan
  • Honda Civic Coupe
  • Honda Civic Hatchback
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Honda HR-V
  • Honda Passport
  • Honda Pilot

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Find out how to use paddle shifters first-hand, and test out Honda models with paddle shifters, by taking a test drive with Middletown Honda near Monroe. We’ll find a vehicle that leaves you feeling in control while you’re cruising the streets of Goshen. Our new vehicle specials can help you get into your new Honda with paddle shifters for a great price!