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Automatic Transmission


There are several different positions for the shift lever.

P : This position locks the drive

wheels. Use P (Park) when starting the engine because the vehicle cannot

move easily.


{ Warning

It is dangerous to get out of the

vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake

firmly set. The vehicle can roll.

Do not leave the vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine

running, the vehicle can move

suddenly. You or others could be

injured. To be sure the vehicle will not move, even when you are on

fairly level ground, always set the parking brake and move the shift lever to P (Park). See Shifting Into Park 0 222. If you are pulling a

trailer, see Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips 0 299.

Make sure the shift lever is fully in P (Park) before starting the engine.

The vehicle has an electronic shift

lock release system. Fully apply the

regular brakes first and then press the shift lever button before shifting from P (Park) when the ignition is on. If you cannot shift out of P (Park), ease

pressure on the shift lever and push

the shift lever all the way into P (Park) as you maintain brake application.


Then press the shift lever button and move the shift lever into another gear. See Shifting out of Park 0 223.


Shifting to R (Reverse) while the vehicle is moving forward could damage the transmission. The

repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Shift to

R (Reverse) only after the vehicle is stopped.

R : Use this gear to back up.

At low vehicle speeds, R (Reverse) can be used to rock the vehicle back and

forth to get out of snow, ice, or sand without damaging the transmission. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck 0 211.

N : In this position, the engine does not connect with the wheels. To

restart the engine when the vehicle is already moving, use N (Neutral) only.




You can also use N (Neutral) when the vehicle is being towed.


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Shifting into a drive gear while the engine is running at high speed is dangerous. Unless your foot is

firmly on the brake pedal, the

vehicle could move very rapidly.

You could lose control and hit

people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear while the engine is

running at high speed.



Shifting out of P (Park) or

N (Neutral) with the engine running at high speed may damage the

transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Be sure the engine is not running at high speed when shifting the




A transmission hot message may display if the automatic

transmission fluid is too hot.

Driving under this condition can damage the vehicle. Stop and idle the engine to cool the automatic

transmission fluid. This message

clears when the transmission fluid has cooled sufficiently.

D : This position is for normal driving. If more power is needed for passing,

press the accelerator pedal down.

Downshifting the transmission in

slippery road conditions could result

in skidding. See Skiddingunder Loss of Control 0 207.

M : This mode can be entered by

moving the shift lever from D (Drive) to M (Manual Mode). M (Manual

Mode) allows the driver to select gears appropriate for current driving

conditions. M (Manual Mode) can be exited by returning the shift lever to D (Drive). See Manual Mode (Gasoline Only) 0 231.

For PLUG-IN vehicles, see Regenerative Braking (PLUG-IN Only) 0 235.



Spinning the tires or holding the

vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal may

damage the transmission. The

repair will not be covered by the vehicle warranty. If the vehicle is

stuck, do not spin the tires. When

stopping on a hill, use the brakes to hold the vehicle in place.

While in Sport Mode, the vehicle monitors driving behavior and

automatically enables performance

shift features when spirited driving is detected. These features maintain

lower transmission gears to increase available engine braking and improve

acceleration response. The vehicle will exit these features and return to

normal operation after a short period when no spirited driving is detected.

See Driver Mode Control (Gasoline Only)

0 239.




Manual Mode (Gasoline Only)