WARNING   WARNING:  It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a crash, 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 seatbelts. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and properly using a seatbelt. Failure to follow this warning could result in serious personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  Make sure that you fully close the liftgate to prevent exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle. If you are unable to fully close the liftgate, open the air vents or the windows to allow fresh air to enter your vehicle. Failure to follow this instruction could result in personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  Keep keys out of reach of children. Do not allow children to operate or play near an open or moving power liftgate. You should supervise the operation of the power liftgate at all times.

Note:   Make sure that you close the liftgate before operating or moving your vehicle, especially in an enclosure, like a garage or a parking structure.This could damage the liftgate and its components.
Note:   Do not hang anything, for example a bike rack, from the glass or liftgate.This could damage the liftgate and its components.
Note:   Make sure that you fully close the liftgate to prevent cargo from falling out.
The liftgate only operates with the transmission in park (P).
If there is a problem with the open or close request, a tone sounds for one of the following reasons:
  • The ignition is on and the transmission is not in park (P).
  • The battery voltage is below the minimum operating voltage.
  • The liftgate is not fully closed and your vehicle speed is at or above 3 mph (5 km/h).
If the liftgate starts to close after it has fully opened, this indicates there may be excessive weight on the liftgate or a possible strut failure. A repetitive tone sounds and the liftgate closes under control.If the liftgate continues to close after opening, have the system checked by an authorized dealer.Remove any excessive weight from the liftgate.
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:   Make sure the area behind your vehicle is free from obstruction and that there is enough room for you to operate the liftgate.Objects too close to your vehicle, for example a wall, garage door or another vehicle may come into contact with the moving liftgate.This could damage the liftgate and its components.
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 when you are driving.This could damage the liftgate and its components.
Opening from the Instrument Panel
Liftgate  With the transmission in park (P), press the button on the instrument panel.
Opening with the Remote Control
Liftgate Open 2X Icon  Press the button twice within three seconds.
Opening with the Outside Control Button
  1. Unlock the liftgate with the remote control or power door unlock control.If a passive key is within 3 ft (1 m) of the liftgate, the liftgate unlocks when you press the liftgate release button.
External Liftgate Button
  1. Press the control button to the right of the rear view camera.
Note:   Allow the power system to open the liftgate. Manually pushing or pulling the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stop the power operation or reverse its direction, replicate a strut failure, or damage mechanical components.
Closing the Liftgate
WARNING   WARNING:  Keep clear of the liftgate when using the rear switch.

Internal Liftgate Button
Press and release the liftgate button.
Stopping the Liftgate Movement
Note:   Do not apply sudden excessive force to the liftgate while it is in motion.This could damage the power liftgate and its components.
You can stop the liftgate movement by doing any of the following:
  • Pressing the liftgate control button.
  • Pressing the liftgate button on the remote control twice.
  • Pressing the liftgate button on the instrument panel.
  • Moving your foot under and away from the center rear bumper in a single-kick motion.*
*This method only works for vehicles with the hands-free liftgate feature.
Setting the Liftgate Open Height
  1. Open the liftgate.
  1. Stop the liftgate movement by pressing the control button on the liftgate when it reaches the desired height.
Note:   Once the liftgate has stopped moving, you can also manually move it to the desired height.
  1. Press and hold the liftgate control button on the liftgate until you hear a tone, indicating programming is complete.
Note:   You can only use the liftgate control button to program the height.
Note:   You cannot program the height if the liftgate position is too low.
 The new open liftgate height is 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.
Note:   The system recalls the new programmed height until you reprogram it, even if you disconnect the battery.
When operating the power liftgate after you have programmed a lower height than fully open, you can fully open the liftgate by manually pushing it upward to the maximum open position.
Obstacle Detection
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 Closing
 The system stops when it detects an obstacle. A tone sounds and the system reverses to open.Once you remove the obstacle, you can power close the liftgate.
When Opening
 The system stops when it detects an obstacle and a tone sounds. Once you remove the obstacle, you can continue to operate the liftgate.
Switching the Power Liftgate On or Off
You can switch the power liftgate on or off through the vehicle settings on your touchscreen.
When switched off, the liftgate only unlatches and will not power open or close.
Hands-Free Feature (If Equipped)
Make sure you have the passive key within 3 ft (1 m) of the liftgate.
  1. Stand behind your vehicle, and face the liftgate.
  1. Move your foot, in a single-kick motion, without pausing, under and away from the rear bumper detection area.
Kick Activated Tailgate - Kick Zone
  1. The liftgate opens or closes.
Avoid the following actions when using the hands-free opening feature:
  • Making physical contact with the bumper.
  • Holding your foot under the bumper.
  • Sweeping your foot from side to side, or kicking at an odd angle.
Detection Zones
Vehicles Without a Trailer Hitch
Kick Zone without Hitch
The detection area is in the center of the rear bumper.
Vehicles With a Trailer Hitch
Kick Zone with Hitch
The detection area is on the left-hand side and right-hand side of the hitch, between the exhaust and the hitch.
Note:   Allow the power system to open the liftgate. Manually pushing or pulling the liftgate may activate the system’s obstacle detection feature and stop the power operation or reverse its direction, replicate a strut failure, or damage mechanical components.
Note:   Any physical actions that mimic a kicking motion such as splashing water, trailer chains or vacuum hoses may cause the hands-free liftgate to activate. Switch the power liftgate off through your vehicle settings or keep the passive key away from the rear bumper detection area.