4. Eight-speed gearbox
Part of the new found efficiency can also be attributed to a new eight-speed automatic. Paired to either of the Drive-E engines, the new eight-speed is generally smooth and seamless in operation. We did, however, find that the transmission is too eager to downshift when only moderate amounts of acceleration are requested. A bit too much throttle and there is a brief hesitation followed by a downshift or two. Usually we complain about a transmission that will not downshift enough, but this eight-speed suffers the opposite problem. On the plus side, the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters feel great and work very well for a conventional automatic.