Honda S-Gear is a feature that has been available on the Honda Accord since 2008. It is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which allows the driver to change gears manually with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The S-Gear system uses a first gear ratio of 4.13, while most other CVTs use 3.6 or 3.7 ratios as their first gear ratio.
The paddle shifters allow you to transition between six preset ratios at any time while driving, but they don’t offer many options for engine braking or slowing down without using your brakes. What’s more, if you try to downshift from 5th gear into 4th gear in an emergency situation, it won’t work because the S-Gear system doesn’t have a 2nd-to-3rd ratio like most other CVTs do.
The paddle shifters themselves are located at the bottom of each side of the steering wheel and can be used in conjunction with normal braking and gas pedal control for shifting smoothly through all six ratios or simply for fun when driving in manual mode. They’re also useful when driving up steep hills where it might be difficult to accelerate from 1st gear up to 2nd or 3rd gear without using them.
Last modified: August 14, 2022