I need to pipe in on my experience here, not sure whether it's peculiar to my driving style or not: I've found that by using Track Mode, basically all the time, I not only can drive my 7spd non-Z51 smoother, but I get better gas mileage than I do in Eco, Touring, or Sport. Again, I know that goes against how the engineers designed those modes, but it's my real-world experience. Now to qualify that a little further I live in south Orange County California, traffic is heavy on both surface streets and freeways. I'm thinking if I could ever (dreaming here) get a long stretch of freeway with no traffic in Eco mode I would get better mileage. Right now the heavy traffic on my daily commute nets me about 17 mpg. If I put my foot in it (hard not to, but I work hard to be an adult!) it drops to 12 mpg. Ok, say what you will, but that's my honest experience over the last 2,000 miles (currently just over 4,000 on the car).