I read an article online that said it doesn't kick into 9th until you're doing 80 mph. I only have about 500 miles on mine and haven't had it up to 80 yet. Some of the shifts are pretty subtle, but I guess you'd know if you watch the tach. Don't get a ticket!
I was looking up this question specifically. I was cruising at 72 mph, kicked it into manual mode out of curiosity and saw I was in 8th, 2000 rpm. So, I knocked it to 9th rpm dropped to 1500 and could tell the little 4 didn't like it one bit, so kicked it back to 8th and back into auto mode.
I guess I'll pull the Valentine out of the weekend car a preform an "experiment" soon. I was planning on doing it anyway as I was curious if there is a max speed cruise can be set at, as I've found on some other Chrysler/FCA cars.
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