WARNING   WARNING:  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.
WARNING   WARNING:  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.
WARNING   WARNING:  When your vehicle is stationary, keep the brake pedal fully pressed when shifting gears. Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury, death or property damage.

Note:   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 Rotary Shift Transmission
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PPark.
RReverse.
NNeutral.
DDrive.
SSport mode.
Your vehicle has an electronic transmission shifter. The transmission selector is on the center console.
The instrument cluster displays the current gear.
Park (P)
WARNING   WARNING:  Move the transmission selector lever to park (P) only when your vehicle is stationary.

With the transmission in park (P), your vehicle locks the transmission and prevents the wheels from turning. Always come to a complete stop before putting your vehicle into and out of park (P). An audible tone may occur when you select park (P).
When you switch the ignition off, your vehicle shifts into park (P). If you switch the ignition off when the vehicle is moving, it first shifts into neutral (N) until it reaches a slow enough speed and then shifts into park (P).
The electric parking brake may apply when you shift to park (P) without the brake pedal fully pressed. The electric parking brake applies when you shift to park (P) on large slopes. The electric parking brake releases with the drive away release function.  See   Electric Parking Brake
Note:   A warning tone sounds if you open the driver door and you have not shifted the transmission selector to park (P).
Automatic Return to Park
Note:   This feature does not operate when your vehicle is in Stay in Neutral mode or emergency tow.
Your vehicle has a feature that shifts into park (P) when any of the following conditions occur:
  • You turn the vehicle off.
  • You open the driver door with your seatbelt unlatched.
  • Your seatbelt is unlatched when the driver door is open.
If you turn your vehicle off when moving, your vehicle first shifts into neutral (N) until it slows down enough to shift into park (P) automatically.
Note:   If you have waited an extended period of time, 2-15 minutes before starting your vehicle, unlatching your seatbelt can cause this feature to activate, even with the driver door closed.
Note:   This feature may not work properly if the door ajar switch is malfunctioning. If your door ajar indicator does not illuminate when you open the driver door or the indicator illuminates with the driver door closed, contact your authorized dealer.
Reverse (R)
WARNING   WARNING:  Move the transmission selector lever to reverse (R) only when your vehicle is stationary and the engine is at idle speed.

With the transmission selector in reverse (R), your vehicle moves backward. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of reverse (R).
Neutral (N)
WARNING   WARNING:  In neutral (N) your vehicle has the ability to roll freely. If you intend to leave your vehicle, make sure you apply the parking brake.

With the transmission selector in neutral (N), you can start your vehicle and it is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down when in this position.
Stay in Neutral Mode
Note:   Stay in neutral mode is a temporary vehicle state with the ignition off. Once in this mode, sufficient battery voltage must be maintained or your vehicle returns to park.
Failure to follow this instruction could result in vehicle damage not covered by the vehicle Warranty.
Note:   When entering an automatic car wash, always shift to neutral (N). If you are exiting the vehicle before the car wash, Stay in Neutral Mode is available.
Extended usage of Stay in Neutral mode may result in a battery voltage reduction to level where the vehicle may no longer start.
Do not tow your vehicle in this mode.
To enter Stay in Neutral mode, do the following:
  1. Bring your vehicle to a complete stop.
  1. Shift into neutral (N).
Note:   A message appears in the information display.
  1. Press the sport (S) button.
Note:   A confirmation message appears in the information display when your vehicle has entered Stay in Neutral mode and the neutral (N) button on the transmission selector slowly blinks.
To exit Stay in Neutral mode, press the brake pedal and shift into another gear.
Drive (D)
Drive (D) is the normal driving position for the optimum fuel economy and smoothness. Shift the transmission selector to drive (D) to allow your vehicle to move forward and shift automatically through the forward gears.
The transmission shifts to the appropriate gear for optimum performance based on ambient temperature, road slope, vehicle load and your input.
Sport Mode (S)
With the transmission selector in sport (S), the driver can change gears up or down. By moving the transmission selector lever from drive position drive (D) to sport (S) you can shift up or down the gear by using shift buttons on the steering wheel. See SelectShift Automatic™ transmission section.
SelectShift Automatic™ Transmission
The SelectShift Automatic transmission gives you the ability to change gears up or down as desired.
Downshifts are allowed unless the engine speed after the shift exceeds the maximum allowable limit.
In order to prevent engine stalls, SelectShift automatically downshifts at low engine speeds.
Note:   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 help you achieve the optimum 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.
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  • Provides temporary manual control of the gear selection when you require a more demanding response, for example, when towing or overtaking. This mode holds a selected gear for a temporary period of time dependent on driver input, for example, steering wheel or accelerator pedal input.
SelectShift in sport (S):
  • Provides a permanent manual gear selection, where you can select the gear.
To exit SelectShift mode:
  • Press and hold the + paddle on the steering wheel to deactivate SelectShift mode in drive (D) or sport (S).
OR
  • Diesel vehicles only: Press and hold the + toggle or + steering wheel paddle for a few seconds.
The instrument cluster displays your current gear. If you request a gear that is not available due to vehicle conditions, too low or too high engine speed, the current gear flashes three times.
Note:   At full accelerator pedal travel, the transmission may automatically downshift for maximum performance.
Manual Park Release
WARNING   WARNING:  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.
WARNING   WARNING:  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.
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the stoplamps are working.

Use the manual park release to move your transmission from the park (P) position in the event of an electrical malfunction or emergency.
Activating the Manual Park Release Cable
  1. Apply the parking brake.See   Electric Parking Brake
Note:   If vehicle battery is dead, for example, no electrical power available, an external power may be required to apply the parking brake.
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  1. Locate the manual park release cable access cover under the dash, below the steering wheel.
  1. Using a tool, carefully remove the screw from the access cover and open.
Note:   Do not pull the tether until you are in the driver's seat.
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  1. Switch ignition on, but do not start your vehicle.
  1. Once in the driver seat, fully apply the brake pedal and hold. Do not release. Pull the orange tether outward towards the driver seat, move the tether to the lower right-hand corner to seat the metal bead in the pocket, and lock it into the override position. If done correctly, a message on the instrument cluster displays Park Not Available, Transmission Not In Park or Shift System Fault.
Note:   Your vehicle is now out of the park (P) position and is free to roll.
  1. With your foot still fully applied on the brake pedal, disengage the parking brake.  See   Electric Parking Brake
  1. Your vehicle remains in neutral (N) for emergency towing purposes.
  1. Switch off the ignition.
  1. Once safe to do so, and there is no risk that your vehicle will roll, disconnect the negative (black) battery cable from the battery.
Returning Your Vehicle to Normal Mode
  1. Once it is safe to do so, reconnect the negative (black) battery cable to the battery.
  1. Apply the parking brake.See   Electric Parking Brake
Note:   If vehicle battery is dead, for example, no electrical power available, an external power may be required to apply the parking brake.
Note:   Do not pull the tether until you are in the driver seat.
  1. Once in the driver seat, fully apply the brake pedal and hold, do not release. Pull the orange tether outward towards the driver seat.
  1. Move the tether towards the left and release to return it to the rest position.
  1. Stow the manual park release cable tether, install the access cover and replace the screw.
  1. With your foot fully applied on the brake pedal, start your vehicle. Confirm that your vehicle is in the park (P) position and that the instrument cluster indicates park (P).
  1. If the instrument cluster is not displaying the park (P) position or there is a message stating Park Not Available, Transmission Not In Park or Shift System Fault, apply the parking brake before exiting your vehicle. Contact an authorized dealer for service.
Automatic Transmission Adaptive Learning
This feature may increase durability and provide consistent shift feel over the life of your vehicle. A new vehicle or transmission may have firm shifts, soft shifts or both. This operation is considered normal and does not affect function or durability of the transmission. Over time, the adaptive learning process can optimize the transmission operation.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck in Mud or Snow
Note:   Do not rock your vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.
Note:   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, 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.