HARD BRAKE, DOWNSHIFT, TURN IN:  We took a Brio AT variant down the winding Tagaytay-Talisay Road to see how well it could take the twisties with its D, D3, D2 and D1 drive modes.

SHIFT INTO D AND KEEP IT THERE:  Then we took the back UP to Tagaytay and found that the electronic shifter responds promptly to punching the gas pedal when in D, triggering a quick downshift for a timely torque boost on steep climbs.