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The sport mode manages the driving dynamics by automatically adjusting the steering effort and the engine and transmission control logic for enhanced driver performance see owners manual page 5-565 to 5-58 and it will explain the different drive modes.
 

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I guess that I was trying to find out if anyone knew if the Comfort Mode, for example, makes any changes to the air suspension or other suspension components which would affect the ride quality. Comfort implies that the ride would be improved. And the Smart mode algorithms. I understand that the Smart Mode is supposed to track your driving characteristics and try to mimic those. The changes are pretty subtle in my experience except for Sport obviously and Eco. But just wondering if there are supposed to be different ride characteristics between Comfort and Smart. Damping? impact harshness? I cannot detect a difference. Probably over thinking it..
I must say that I am impressed by the Hytrac system. Not really needed down here in Florida, but the torque vectoring is something that can be felt on hard cornering, where it tames understeer and tire squeal that occur with FWD. And keeps the car much more level in tight corners. A well spent $1700 I'd say.!
 

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I guess that I was trying to find out if anyone knew if the Comfort Mode, for example, makes any changes to the air suspension or other suspension components which would affect the ride quality. Comfort implies that the ride would be improved. And the Smart mode algorithms. I understand that the Smart Mode is supposed to track your driving characteristics and try to mimic those. The changes are pretty subtle in my experience except for Sport obviously and Eco. But just wondering if there are supposed to be different ride characteristics between Comfort and Smart. Damping? impact harshness? I cannot detect a difference. Probably over thinking it..
I must say that I am impressed by the Hytrac system. Not really needed down here in Florida, but the torque vectoring is something that can be felt on hard cornering, where it tames understeer and tire squeal that occur with FWD. And keeps the car much more level in tight corners. A well spent $1700 I'd say.!
The various drive modes do NOT affect the suspension.
 

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Comfort
The default drive mode for the Palisade is Comfort mode. Comfort mode has a soft, traditional feel to it. The engine, pedals and steering wheel all behave normally, giving you a traditional, comfortable ride.

Eco
To maximize the fuel efficiency of your Palisade, switch over to Eco mode. In Eco mode, your acceleration, gearshift points and air conditioning are modified for improved fuel economy.

Smart mode is an intelligent blend of all five drive modes. If you switch over to Smart mode, your 2021 Palisade will monitor how you’re driving and then determine how to respond accordingly. For example, if you’re accelerating to get onto the highway, your Palisade will sense that and shift into a sportier drive mode in order to maximize its power, acceleration and handling. If you’re just driving slowly through a residential area, the mode will likely switch to Comfort to accommodate your leisurely driving style. This adaptive drive mode is excellent for all types of driving styles and works to provide you with the best driving experience possible.

Sport
The final drive mode available is Sport mode. Sport mode stiffens your steering wheel, giving you more precise handling of your Palisade. This mode also maximizes the power of the engine so you’re better able to accelerate. Coupled with your steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters, Sport mode offers a more fun, interactive drive no matter where you are.​
 
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