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First Drive in the Mountains

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First drive in the mountains yesterday. Car load of people and gear. If you have ever driven I70 West out of Denver you will know it is a steep grade uphill for miles. The car did great and handled the mountains much better than I expected ... with the car being full.

Gotta love that torque. Great little motor.
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First drive in the mountains yesterday. Car load of people and gear. If you have ever driven I70 West out of Denver you will know it is a steep grade uphill for miles. The car did great and handled the mountains much better than I expected ... with the car being full.

Gotta love that torque. Great little motor.

I've taken both the CTD and 1.4t all the way up to vail to hit the slopes, I'm not sure which one I prefer honestly lol they both take the mountains very well the tourqe from the diesel is fun but it's not a manual :'(
 

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How's the CTD handle the down slopes from the Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass? I have to keep my ECO MT in 3rd gear and still use my brakes.
I honestly just coast it, seems to handle it pretty well. The diesel loves those steep grades without keeping the rpms to high, like the OP said when you first hit the mountains coming from i70 it feels like it was made for being there.
 

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So the CTD actually has engine braking - cool. There is almost no engine braking above 2nd gear in the ECO MT and even in 2nd it's iffy.
That would be correct, It takes those hills in the mountains and doesn't even look back lol. The engine braking is far more noticeable on the CTD than the Eco in pretty much all aspects from what I've experienced.
 
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