Noise control is on the Sport, Energi, and Hybrid. It's not on the 2.0 Platinum. I almost purchased an Energi Platinum but the very small trunk was an issue. So I ordered my Sport. Both were "fun" to drive but for very different reasons. The 2017 Energi Platinum is the quietest/smoothest car I have ever driven.Ford says the car (Sport and Platinum only?) incorporates adaptive noise reduction (
I'm not sure what you mean by "automatically switches." I drive in Sport mode about half the time, and have never touched the paddles. Sport mode definitely shifts at higher RPMs (so maybe you just got impatient), but still works as an automatic until you start using the paddles. My BMW behaved the same way -- move the shifter to the left and it changed to Sport mode, but until you manually select a different gear it was still an automatic. I probably played with the manual mode twenty times over twelve years, and I'll play with the Sport's paddles to get a feel for how they work, but don't expect to use them other than occasionally for "entertainment.". . . My car automatically switches to paddle shifters when in sport mode. . .