Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern

The shift pattern of the transaxle is conventional, as shown.‌


Depress the clutch pedal all the way down while shifting; then release it slowly.


Your vehicle is equipped with a device to prevent shifting to R (reverse) by mistake. Push the shift lever downward and shift to R.


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Do not use sudden 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.


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Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern

Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern

Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern

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Neutral position


Neutral position


Neutral position

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WARNING

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CAUTION

Always leave the shift lever in 1 or R position and set the parking brake when leaving the vehicle unattended: Otherwise the vehicle could move and cause an accident.


- Keep your foot off the clutch pedal except when shifting gears. Also, do not use the clutch to hold the vehicle on an upgrade. Riding the clutch will cause needless clutch wear and damage.

- Do not apply any excessive lateral force to the shift lever when changing from 5th to 4th gear. This could lead to the accidental selection of 2nd gear, which could result in damage to the transaxle.

- Make sure the vehicle comes to a complete stop before shifting to R. Shifting to R while the vehicle is still moving may damage the transaxle.


NOTE

- If shifting to R is difficult, shift back into neutral, release the clutch pedal, and try again.

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Manual Transaxle Operation

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β–Ό Gear Shift Indicator (GSI)

The GSI supports you to obtain optimum fuel economy and smooth driving. It displays the selected gear position in the instrument cluster as well as notifies the driver to change to the most suitable gear position corresponding to the actual driving condition.


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Selected gear position Suitable gear position


Indication

Condition

Numeral

The selected gear position is dis- played.

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and numeral

Shift up or down to the indicated gear position is recommended.


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CAUTION

Do not rely solely on the shift-up/ shift-down recommendations by

indications. The actual driving situation might require shift operations different from indication. To avoid the risk of accidents, the road and traffic conditions have to be judged correctly by the driver before shifting.

NOTE

The GSI turns off when the following operations are performed.

- The vehicle is stopped.

- The vehicle is put in neutral.

- The vehicle is driven in reverse.

- The clutch is not fully engaged when accelerating from a stop.

- The clutch pedal remains depressed for 2 seconds or longer while driving.

β–Ό Recommendations for Shifting

Upshifting

For normal acceleration, Mazda recommends these shift points:


Gear

Vehicle speed

1 to 2

24 km/h (15 mph)

2 to 3

42 km/h (26 mph)

3 to 4

60 km/h (37 mph)

4 to 5

75 km/h (46 mph)

5 to 6

79 km/h (49 mph)

For cruising, Mazda recommends these shift points:


Gear

Vehicle speed

1 to 2

13 km/h (8 mph)

2 to 3

29 km/h (18 mph)

3 to 4

49 km/h (30 mph)

4 to 5

63 km/h (39 mph)

5 to 6

70 km/h (43 mph)

Downshifting

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

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


Manual Transaxle Operation

(Page 84)

The shift pattern of the transaxle is conventional, as shown.‌Depress the clutch pedal all the way down while shifting; then release it slowly.Yo...

Automatic Transaxle

(Page 86)

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