Always fully apply the parking brake and make sure you shift into park (P). Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.
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.
You may not be able to shift out of park (P) unless the intelligent access key is inside your vehicle.
Understanding the Positions of Your Automatic Transmission
Putting your vehicle in gear:
- Fully press down on the brake pedal.
- Press and hold the button on the top of the gearshift lever.
- Move the gearshift lever into the desired gear.
- Release the button and your transmission remains in the selected gear.
This position locks the transmission and prevents the rear wheels from turning. Come to a complete stop before putting your vehicle into and out of park (P).
With the selector in reverse (R), your vehicle moves backward. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of reverse (R).
With the selector in neutral (N), you can start your vehicle and it is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down while in this position.
Drive (D) is the normal driving position for the best fuel economy. The overdrive function allows automatic upshifts and downshifts through all gears.
Putting your vehicle in sport (S):
- Provides additional engine braking and extends lower gear operation to enhance performance for uphill climbs, hilly terrain or mountainous areas. This will increase engine RPM during engine braking.
- Provides additional lower gear operation through the automatic transmission shift strategy.
- Provides gear selection more quickly and at higher engine speeds.
SelectShift Automatic™ Transmission
This feature gives you the ability to change gears up or down as desired.
As long as the engine speed does not exceed the maximum allowable limit, downshifts are allowed. SelectShift automatically downshifts at low engine speeds in order to prevent engine stalls.
Engine damage may occur if you maintain excessive engine revving without shifting.
SelectShift does not automatically upshift, even if the engine is approaching the RPM limit, unless the accelerator pedal is at full travel. Take notice of the shift indicator lamp, which alerts you when to shift to make sure you achieve the highest level of efficiency and fuel economy.
Pull the + paddle on the steering wheel to activate SelectShift.
- Pull the right paddle (+) to upshift.
- Pull the left paddle (–) to downshift.
SelectShift in drive (D):
- Provides a temporary manual mode for performing more demanding maneuvers where extra control of gear selection is required (for example, when towing or overtaking). This mode will hold a selected gear for a temporary period of time dependent on driver inputs (for example, steering or accelerator pedal input).
SelectShift in sport (S):
- Provides a permanent manual gear selection where full control of gear selection is required.
To exit SelectShift mode shift the transmission into another gear (for example, drive [D]).
The instrument cluster displays your currently selected gear. If a gear is requested but not available due to vehicle conditions (low speed, too high engine speed for requested gear selection), the current gear flashes three times.
At full accelerator pedal travel, the transmission automatically downshifts for maximum performance.
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.
Contact an authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.
For some markets, this feature will be 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 switch the ignition off before performing this procedure.
- Using a flat head screwdriver or similar tool, remove the chrome bezel and gearshift bracket at the base of the gearshift lever.
- Locate the white release lever and slide the lever forward while pulling the gearshift lever out of the park (P) position and into the neutral (N) position.
- Reinstall the console.
- Start your vehicle and release the parking brake.
Automatic Transmission Adaptive Learning
This feature is designed to increase durability and provide consistent shift feel over the life of your vehicle. A new vehicle or transmission may have firm or soft shifts. This operation is normal and does not affect function or durability of the transmission. Over time, the adaptive learning process will fully update transmission operation. Additionally, whenever you disconnect the battery is or install a new battery, the system must relearn the strategy.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck In Mud or Snow
Do not rock your vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.
Do not rock your 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, you may rock it out by shifting between forward and reverse gears, stopping between shifts in a steady pattern. Press lightly on the accelerator in each gear.