Rx450h gear shift sport mode

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can someone explain me this please:

why when i put gear shifter in sport mode it always put in to gear 4?while driving or stationary it always showing 4 until i shift up or this is safest gear or something?to me it feels when selecting gear 1 while sitting at the traffic light and pressing full pedal it starts much it safe?

many thanks in advance 

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The main purpose to shift in MANUAL mode is to have a proper engine braking going downhill, so it' s reasonable to have a gear not too low, even more if you consider that actually there are no real gears in eCVT .

Considering this and the chance to pass from normal to sport mode while moving, 4 is a good choice.

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