On the automatic models acceleration is not that great but with a few "advanced" techniques it can be improved. I have to resort to the "advanced" technique especially on those hot days when the AC is at max.
When idle, turn off the Overdrive, then put the shifter on "2". Accelerate gently (no need to floor it as you're getting the extra torque you need), as soon as you complete the maneuver (pass the other car or join a crowded avenue) shift to D. When the engine "asks for it" press the OD button.
I know it kinda defeats the purpose of driving an automatic, but really helps me in those tight situations.
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