WARNING   WARNING:  Always set the parking brake fully and make sure the gearshift is latched in park (P). Turn the ignition to the off position and remove the key whenever you leave your vehicle.
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not apply the brake pedal and accelerator pedal simultaneously. Applying both pedals simultaneously for more than three seconds will limit engine rpm, which may result in difficulty maintaining speed in traffic and could lead to serious injury.

Understanding the Positions of Your Automatic Transmission
Putting your vehicle in gear:
  1. Fully press down the brake pedal.
  1. Press and hold the button on the front of the gearshift lever.
  1. Move the gearshift lever into the desired gear.
  1. Release the button and your transmission will remain in the selected gear.
Select Shift Position
Park (P)
This position locks the transmission and prevents the wheels from turning.
Reverse (R)
With the gearshift lever in reverse (R), your vehicle will move backward. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of reverse (R).
Neutral (N)
With the gearshift lever in neutral (N), your vehicle can be started and is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down while in this position.
Drive (D)
Drive (D) is the normal driving position for the best fuel economy. The overdrive function allows automatic upshifts and downshifts through gears one through six.
Sport (S)
Moving the gearshift lever to sport (S):
  • Provides additional grade (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.
  • Gears are selected more quickly and at higher engine speeds.
SelectShift Automatic™ Transmission
Your SelectShift automatic transmission gives you the ability to manually change gears.
To use SelectShift, move the gearshift lever into sport (S). Use the +/- buttons on the side of your gearshift lever to manually change gears.
  • Press the (+) button to upshift.
  • Press the (-) button to downshift.
Note:   After you have assumed manual control with SelectShift your vehicle will remain in this mode until you return the gearshift lever from sport (S), back to drive (D).
Upshift to the recommended shift speeds according to the following chart:

Upshifts when accelerating (recommended for best fuel economy)  
Shift from:  
1 - 2   24 km/h  
2 - 3   40 km/h  
3 - 4   64 km/h  
4 - 5   72 km/h  
5 - 6   80 km/h  

The instrument cluster will display the selected gear that you are currently in and a shift indicator arrow to assist in optimizing shifting.
SelectShift will automatically make some shifts for you in the event that your engine speed is running at too high, or too low an RPM.
Note:   Engine damage may occur if excessive engine revving is held without shifting.
Brake-Shift Interlock
WARNING   WARNING:  Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the brake lamps are working.
WARNING   WARNING:  When doing this procedure, you will be taking the vehicle out of park which means the vehicle can roll freely. To avoid unwanted vehicle movement, always fully set the parking brake prior to doing this procedure. Use wheel 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. See your authorized dealer.

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.
  1. Insert a screwdriver (or similar tool) between the shifter bezel and the top finish panel.
  1. Use the tool to unsnap the shifter bezel from the finish panel.
Transmission Brake Shift Interlock Lever
  1. Locate the white lever located on the left side of the shifter.
  1. Using the tool move the white lever towards the rear of the shifter.
  1. While holding the white lever in the rear position, move the shifter from the park position.
  1. Press the shifter bezel back into the top finish panel until it snaps back into position.
  1. Apply the brake pedal, start the vehicle and release the parking brake.
Note:   See your authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck In Mud or Snow
Note:   Do not rock the vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.
Note:   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.