WARNING   WARNING:  It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly.
WARNING   WARNING:  Make sure to close and latch the liftgate to prevent drawing exhaust fumes into your vehicle. This will also prevent passengers and cargo from falling out. If you must drive with the liftgate open, keep the vents or windows open so outside air comes into your vehicle. Failure to follow this warning could result in serious personal injury.
WARNING   WARNING:  Keep keys out of reach of children. Do not allow children to play near an open or moving power liftgate.

Note:   Cycling the ignition while the liftgate is power closing and is near the latch may cause the liftgate to reverse to full open position. Make sure that you close the liftgate before operating or moving the vehicle, especially in an enclosure, like a garage or a parking structure. You could damage the liftgate or its components.
Note:   Do not hang anything, for example a bike rack, from the spoiler, glass or liftgate. This could damage the liftgate and its components.
If the vehicle is running, the liftgate will only operate with the transmission in P.
Three warning tones will sound once as the liftgate begins to power close. Five short chimes indicate a problem with the open or close request, caused by:
  • the ignition is on and the transmission is not in P;
  • or the battery voltage is below the minimum operating voltage;
  • or the vehicle speed is at or above 3 mph (5 km/h).
If the liftgate falls to the closed direction after the liftgate has stopped in the open position, four short warning chimes indicate excessive weight on the gate or a possible gas strut failure. Have the system checked by an authorized dealer if you still have the issue after you remove the load.
Opening and Closing the Liftgate
WARNING   WARNING:  Make sure all persons are clear of the power liftgate area before using the power liftgate control.

Note:   Be careful when opening or closing the liftgate in a garage or other enclosed area to avoid damaging the liftgate.
Note:   Do not leave the liftgate open while driving. This could damage the liftgate and its components.
Note:   You can stop the liftgate movement direction with a second press of the instrument panel button or the control button on the liftgate, a second double press of the transmitter button, or by using a kicking motion with your foot for hands-free liftgates.
From the Instrument Panel
Liftgate  Press the instrument panel button.
With the Remote Control
Liftgate Ajar  Press the remote control button twice within three seconds.
Hands-Free Feature (If Equipped)
Make sure you have an intelligent access transmitter within 3 feet (1 meter) of the liftgate.
Power Liftgate
  1. Move your foot under and away from the rear bumper similar to a kicking motion. Do not move your foot sideways or the sensors may not detect the motion. For vehicles equipped with both the hands-free liftgate and trailer tow, move your foot under the bumper between the trailer hitch and the exhaust.
  1. The liftgate will power open or close.
Note:   Allow the power system to open the liftgate. Manually pushing or pulling the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stops the power operation.
Note:   Splashing water may cause the hands-free liftgate to open. Keep the intelligent access transmitter away from the rear bumper detection area while washing your car.
With the Outside Control Button
  1. Unlock the liftgate with the remote control or power door unlock control. If an intelligent access transmitter is within 3 feet (1 meter) of the liftgate, the liftgate will unlock when you press the liftgate release button.
Opening and Closing the Liftgate
  1. Press the control button located in the top of the liftgate pull-cup handle.
Note:   Allow the power system to open the liftgate after pressing the control. Manually pushing or pulling the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stops the power operation.
Liftgate Control Button
Press and release the button.
WARNING   WARNING:  Keep clear of the liftgate when activating the rear switch.

Setting the Liftgate Open Height
  1. Open the liftgate.
  2. Manually move the liftgate to the desired height.
  3. Press and hold the control button on the liftgate until you hear a chime, indicating programming is complete.
Note:   You cannot program the height if the liftgate position is too low.
The new open liftgate height will now be recalled when the power liftgate is opened. To change the programmed height, repeat the above procedure. Once you open the power liftgate, you can manually move it to a different height.
When operating the power liftgate after you have programmed a lower height than full-open, you can fully open the liftgate by manually pushing it upward to the maximum open position.
Obstacle Detection
When Closing
The system stops when it detects an obstacle and two short tones sound. Once you remove the obstacle, you can power close the liftgate.
Note:   Entering your vehicle while the liftgate is closing can cause your vehicle to bounce and activate obstacle detection. To prevent this, let the power liftgate close completely before you enter your vehicle. Before driving off, check the instrument cluster for a liftgate or door ajar message or warning indicator. Failure to do this could result in unintentionally leaving the liftgate open while driving.
When Opening
The system stops when it detects an obstacle and two short tones sound. Remove the obstacle to operate the liftgate.