Originally Posted by fireman
I test drove the 8 speed and found the shifting too much and annoying for me.
The eight speed transmission needs drive time to calibrate its shifting so a test drive on a new vehicle is going to be miss-leading.
From page 355 of the owners' manual:
"The electronically-controlled transmission provides a
precise shift schedule. The transmission electronics are
self-calibrating; therefore, the first few shifts on a new
vehicle may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal
condition, and precision shifts will develop within a few
hundred miles (kilometers)."