Always set the parking brake fully and make sure you shift the gearshift lever to first gear. Switch the ignition off and remove the key whenever you leave your vehicle.
Do not apply the brake pedal and accelerator pedal simultaneously. Applying both pedals simultaneously for more than a few seconds will limit engine performance, which may result in difficulty maintaining speed in traffic and could lead to serious injury.
Understanding the Shift Positions of Your Automatic Transmission
Putting your vehicle in or out of gear:
- Fully press down the brake pedal.
- Move the gearshift lever into the desired gear.
- Come to a complete stop.
- Move the gearshift lever and securely latch it in park (P).
This position locks the transmission and prevents the wheels from turning.
With the gearshift lever in reverse (R), your vehicle moves backward. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of reverse (R).
With the gearshift lever in neutral (N), your vehicle can be started and is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down when in this position.
Do not leave your vehicle in neutral (N) when the ignition is in the ON position for an extended time. Doing so can drain the high voltage battery and create starting problems.
Drive (D) is the normal driving position for the best fuel economy. The overdrive function allows automatic upshifts and downshifts through all forward gears.
To activate Grade Assist, press the button on the gearshift lever. The grade assist indicator light illuminates in the instrument display.
The grade assist feature:
- Provides additional grade braking with a combination of engine motoring and high-voltage battery charging to help maintain vehicle speed when descending a grade.
- As your vehicle determines the amount of engine motoring and high-voltage battery charging, you may notice the engine speed increasing and/or decreasing to help maintain your vehicle speed when descending a grade.
To deactivate Grade Assist, press the button on the gearshift lever when Grade Assist is active. The grade assist light deactivates.
- Provides maximum engine braking.
- The transmission may be shifted into low (L) at any vehicle speed.
- Not intended for use under extended or normal driving conditions and results in lower fuel economy.
Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the stoplamps are working.
When doing this procedure, you need to take the transmission out of park (P) which means your vehicle can roll freely. To avoid unwanted vehicle movement, always fully apply the parking brake prior to doing this procedure. Use wheels chocks if appropriate.
If the parking brake is fully released, but the brake warning lamp remains illuminated, the brakes may not be working properly. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
See your authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.
For some markets this feature is disabled.
Use the brake shift interlock lever to move the gearshift lever from the park position in the event of an electrical malfunction or if your vehicle has a dead battery.
Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition off before performing this procedure.
- Remove the side panel on the right side of the gearshift lever.
- Locate the access hole.
- Insert the screwdriver (or similar tool) into the access hole and press the lever forward when pulling the gearshift lever out of the park (P) position and into the neutral (N) position.
- Remove the tool and reinstall the panel.
- Start the vehicle and release the parking brake.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck In Mud or Snow
Do not rock the vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.
Do not rock the vehicle for more than a minute or damage to the transmission and tires may occur, or the engine may overheat.
If your vehicle gets stuck in mud or snow, it may be rocked out by shifting between forward and reverse gears, stopping between shifts in a steady pattern. Press lightly on the accelerator in each gear.