Administrator, Resident Tater Salad
Downshifting to third going up a hill on the highway constitutes "not liking a hill" . My Cruze has never met a hill where I had to drop under 5th.My ECO MT (1.4T) has zero, no, zilch (you get the idea) issues with mountains, even when loaded down. I do have to downshift, sometimes as far as 3rd gear to maintain speed going both up and down mountain passes. With the additional torque in the Diesel I would expect nothing less.
Meanwhile, the diesel could pull up a small boat and not go over 2500 RPM.