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I got a new car, Infinit G35, I love it, yadda yadda yadda. It is normally automatic transmission, and I really don't know anything about driving a manual. However, it has the option to kick itself into manual transmission. As it's not built from the ground up as manual (it's a 5-speed), I don't really know what would be better to do. I'm pretty sure the manual has a lot of gizmos to keep me from fucking up too badly, but I want to know three things:
Which mode would be better for gas mileage?
Which mode would be better for general driving (2/3 highway, 1/3 city, probably other way around starting this fall)?
What should I know about manual transmission on an automatic transmission like this (since there is no clutch)?
I really don't know much about manual in general, so basic stuff, like when to shift up and when to shift down is appreciated, but deciding between the two modes is more crucial. Some people have been telling me that automatic is in some cases better for mileage than manual, but I feel like I should doubt that.