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The Straight Pipes put together a fun review of the Venue.

What I found interesting was when they pointed out that the Venue kind of looks like a XC40.

 

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Those guys are a hoot. "It's slow as balls!" I don't think Hyundai will be using that as a marketing slogan.

Lots of reviews talk about the Venue being underpowered. None of them must have driven the stick-shift version. Mine scoots mighty quickly. I did test-drive the CVT version, and I wouldn't have recommended that either.
 

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Those guys are a hoot. "It's slow as balls!" I don't think Hyundai will be using that as a marketing slogan.

Lots of reviews talk about the Venue being underpowered. None of them must have driven the stick-shift version. Mine scoots might quickly. I did test-drive the CVT version, and I wouldn't have recommended that either.
I really like their reviews, you can tell they have a lot of fun doing them. It seems like you're going to make your own video to show what the manual is like.
 

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I really like their reviews, you can tell they have a lot of fun doing them. It seems like you're going to make your own video to show what the manual is like.
Hah, good one! No, I'm not going to make any videos. But think about it: if you are an automotive engineer building an automatic transmission, you have to program in the shifting algorithm, and you need to make a trade-off between gas mileage and performance. Since you want your car to sell, you bias that trade-off toward mileage, so performance is going to suffer.

But, when you are driving the manual tranny version, and you care more about performance, you keep it in lower gears much longer than the automatic would do. You get some peppy performance, and you get a nice big smile on your face as your vehicle slices and dices through traffic. Of course your MPGs suffer, but so what? I've been getting about 28 mpg in regular city driving, which isn't great, but isn't too bad either. When I head out on the highway, I've been getting between 38 and 42 mpg, which is pretty darn nice!

I just pray that the auto manufacturers never stop building and selling manual transmissions. I guess I'm a libertarian when it comes to my gear ratios.
 

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Hah, good one! No, I'm not going to make any videos. But think about it: if you are an automotive engineer building an automatic transmission, you have to program in the shifting algorithm, and you need to make a trade-off between gas mileage and performance. Since you want your car to sell, you bias that trade-off toward mileage, so performance is going to suffer.

But, when you are driving the manual tranny version, and you care more about performance, you keep it in lower gears much longer than the automatic would do. You get some peppy performance, and you get a nice big smile on your face as your vehicle slices and dices through traffic. Of course your MPGs suffer, but so what? I've been getting about 28 mpg in regular city driving, which isn't great, but isn't too bad either. When I head out on the highway, I've been getting between 38 and 42 mpg, which is pretty darn nice!

I just pray that the auto manufacturers never stop building and selling manual transmissions. I guess I'm a libertarian when it comes to my gear ratios.
Hyundai/Genesis seem to be one of the few companies that don't have a problem producing manual cars, which is refreshing to see. I'm with you, hopefully the manual doesn't become extinct.
 

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My Venue has a little indicator on the dashboard that tells you when it thinks you should shift. It will have an Up arrow and a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, meaning it thinks you should shift to that gear. I'm always WAY later than that to actually do my shifting. I prefer the torque, baby!
 
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