Episode order should follow download order
Some podcasts must be listened to in publication order (E.g. "History of the English Language). Most others, you can hear the latest first. While PA has a feature to download in either order, the sort order for episodes is always the same across podcasts.
This is exacerbated on Android Auto when, using the default sort order, I'm scrolling scrolling scrolling in the freeway trying to get to episode 15 of 150 in the History podcast. (but I don't want to switch the default sort order, which is great for most of my other podcasts).
Simply having display order and download order be the same by default makes this all work easily and intuitively.
Playback order is controlled in the playlist screen. You can either order episodes manually or select the order of your choice. This will apply when you listen with your phone or through Android Auto. Feel free to send me an email if you have a question (Settings/Feedback)
I'm familiar with that setting, but it doesn't help because it seems global across podcasts. If I change it for one podcast, it changes the order for all podcasts. (Unlike the episode visibility (eye icon) setting).
I have to keep switching it for each podcast, and since this option is not available in the Android Auto UI, I have to remember to do it when I'm at a stop light or some such, which rarely happens, so I don't end up listening to podcasts that require reverse order.
If you don't want to have episode order track download order, then it would be very helpful if the sort order were saved per-podcast, like the visibility icon, rather than globally.