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Shifting

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Use the paddle shifters to change between 1st and 9th gears without removing your 
hands from the steering wheel. The transmission will switch to the sequential mode.

When the transmission is in 

(

D:

The vehicle will go into the sequential mode momentarily, and the sequential mode 
gear selection indicator will come on.
Once you start traveling at a constant speed, the sequential mode will automatically 
switch off, and the sequential mode gear selection indicator will go off.

Hold the 

(

+ paddle shifter for two seconds or push 

 button to return to normal 

drive.

When the transmission is in 

(

S

The vehicle will go into the sequential mode, and the M (sequential mode) indicator 
and sequential mode gear selection indicator will come on.
If the vehicle speed increases and the engine speed reaches near the tachometer’s 
red zone, the transmission automatically shifts up to the next gear.
You can cancel this mode by holding the 

(

+ paddle shifter for two seconds or push 

 button. When the sequential mode is canceled, the sequential mode indicator 

and sequential mode gear selection indicator go off.

Sequential Mode

D/S

D/S

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Sequential Mode Operation

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Sequential Mode Operation

Each paddle shift operation makes a single gear 
change.
To change gears continuously, release the paddle 
shifter before pulling it again for the next gear.

If the sequential mode gear selection indicator blinks 
when you try to shift up or down, this means your 
vehicle speed is not in its allowable gear range or the 
protection of transmission system is necessary.
Slightly accelerate to shift up and decelerate to shift 
down while the indicator is blinking.

Sequential 
Mode Gear 
Selection 
Indicator

Downshifting when pulling 
the 

 paddle shifter.

(Changes to a lower gear)

Upshifting when pulling 
the 

 paddle shifter.

(Changes to a higher gear)

Paddle Shifter 
(Shift down)

Paddle Shifter 
(Shift up)

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Auto Idle Stop

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Auto Idle Stop

*

To help maximize fuel economy, the engine automatically stops when the vehicle 
comes to a stop, depending on environmental and vehicle operating conditions. The 
indicator (green) comes on at this time.

The engine then restarts once the vehicle is 
about to move again, or depending on 
environmental and vehicle operating 
conditions, and the indicator (green) goes off.

The Engine Automatically Restarts When 

P. 548

A message associated with Auto Idle Stop 
appears on the driver information interface.

Indicators P. 80
Customized Features P. 432

If the driver’s door is opened while the 
indicator (green) comes on, a buzzer sounds 
to notify you that the Auto Idle Stop function 
is in operation.

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Auto Idle Stop

*

The 12-volt battery installed in this vehicle is 
specifically designed for a model with Auto Idle Stop. 
Using a 12-volt battery other than this specified type 
may shorten the 12-volt battery life, and prevent 
Auto Idle Stop from activating. If you need to replace 
the 12-volt battery, make sure to select the specified 
type. Ask a dealer for more details.

The duration of the Auto Idle Stop operation:

Increases in the ECON mode, compared to when 
the ECON mode is off, with climate control in use.

* Not available on all models

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Auto Idle Stop

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To turn the Auto Idle Stop system off, press 
this button. The Auto Idle Stop system stops.

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Auto Idle Stop system will stop and the 
indicator (Amber) will come on.

The Auto Idle Stop system is turned on every 
time you start the engine, even if you turned it 
off the last time you drove the vehicle.

The vehicle stops with the gear position in 

(

D and the brake pedal depressed.

When you put the transmission into 

(

P, the Auto Idle Stop continues to operate, 

even if the brake pedal is released.

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If you change the gear position, the engine may automatically restarts.

Auto Idle Stop does not activate when:

• The Auto Idle Stop OFF button is pressed.
• The driver’s seat belt is not fastened.
• The engine coolant temperature is low or high.
• The transmission fluid temperature is low or high.
• The vehicle comes to a stop again before the vehicle speed reaches 3 mph (5 

km/h) after the engine starts.

• Stopped on a steep incline.
• A gear position other than 

(

D.

Auto Idle Stop System ON/OFF

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Auto Idle Stop System ON/OFF

Press the Auto Idle Stop OFF button to restart the 
engine from the idling stop.

Auto Idle Stop Activates When:

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Auto Idle Stop Activates When:

Do not open a hood, during idling stop. If the hood is 
opened, the engine will not restart automatically.

In this case, restart the engine with the ENGINE 
START/STOP
 button.

Starting the Engine P. 527

Pressing the ENGINE START/STOP button changes 
the power mode to ACCESSORY even while Auto Idle 
Stop is in operation. Once in ACCESSORY, the engine 
no longer restarts automatically. Follow the standard 
procedure to start the engine.

Starting the Engine P. 527

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• The engine is started with the hood open.

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Turn off the engine. Close the hood before you restart the engine to activate 
Auto Idle Stop.

• The battery charge is low.
• The internal temperature of the battery is 14°F (−10°C) or less.
• The climate control system is in use, and the outside temperature is below −4°F 

(−20°C) or over 104°F (40°C).

• The climate control system is in use, and the temperature is set to Hi or Lo.

 is ON (indicator on).

• The rear fan is set to maximum speed.

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Auto Idle Stop may not activate under other conditions when the rear climate 
control system

*

/rear cooling

*

 is in use.

• When the Intelligent Traction Management is set to Snow, Mud

*

, or Sand

*

.

Auto Idle Stop may not activate when:

• The vehicle is stopped by braking suddenly.
• The steering wheel is operated.
• The fan speed is high.
• Altitude is high.
• The vehicle is repeatedly accelerated and decelerated at a low speed.
• The climate control system is in use, and there is a significant difference between 

the set temperature and the actual interior temperature.

• Humidity in the interior is high.
• The rear fan is set to maximum speed.

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Auto Idle Stop may not activate under other conditions when the rear climate 
control system

*

/rear cooling

*

 is in use.

* Not available on all models

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Auto Idle Stop

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The brake pedal is released.

The engine restarts even if the brake pedal is depressed when:

• The Auto Idle Stop OFF button is pressed.
• When a steering wheel is operated.
• The transmission is put into 

(

R or 

(

S, or when it is set from 

(

N to 

(

D.

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If you put the transmission into 

(

P after the Auto Idle Stop activates, the Auto 

Idle Stop continues to operate. In this case, the engine restarts when you 
change the gear position other than 

(

P. When changing the gear position, the 

brake pedal must be firmly depressed.

• The pressure on the brake pedal is reduced and the vehicle starts moving while 

stopped on an incline.

• The pressure on the brake pedal is repeatedly applied and released slightly during 

a stop.

• The battery charge becomes low.
• The accelerator pedal is depressed.
• The driver’s seat belt is unlatched.

 is ON (indicator on).

• The climate control system is in use, and the difference between the set 

temperature and actual interior temperature becomes significant.

• The climate control system is being used to dehumidify the interior.
• The rear fan is set to maximum speed.

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Auto Idle Stop may not activate under other conditions when the rear climate 
control system is in use.

• When the Intelligent Traction Management is set to Snow, Mud

*

, or Sand

*

.

The Engine Automatically Restarts When

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The Engine Automatically Restarts When

If you are using an electronic device during Auto Idle 
Stop, the device may temporarily be turned off when 
the engine restarts.

* Not available on all models

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Auto Idle Stop

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Driving

Briefly keeps the brake applied after releasing the brake pedal to restart the engine. 
This can keep your vehicle from unexpectedly moving while on an incline.

Starting Assist Brake Function

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ECON Mode

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ECON Mode

The ECON button turns the ECON mode on 
and off.
The ECON mode helps you improve your fuel 
economy by adjusting the performance of the 
engine, air conditioning system, and cruise 
control.

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ECON Mode

While in ECON mode, the climate control system has 
greater temperature fluctuations.

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Intelligent Traction Management

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Intelligent Traction Management

*

The Intelligent Traction Management optimizes vehicle performance to help you 
drive on various surfaces. The system has available modes to select from: Normal, 
Snow, Mud

*

, and Sand

*

.

Press the mode button to select the appropriate mode. The mode you select appears 
on the driver information interface. When the vehicle is turned off and restarted, 
Intelligent Traction Management mode will revert to Normal.

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Intelligent Traction Management

*

Refer to the Off-Highway Driving section for driving 
tips and safety precautions.

Off-Highway Driving Guidelines P. 525

Mud
Use when driving on 
muddy road or off-
road surfaces.

Sand
Use when driving on 
soft, sandy road or 
off-road surfaces.

Normal
Provides balanced 
driving performance 
on most road surfaces.

Mode Button

Snow
Use when driving on 
snowy road surfaces.

AWD models

* Not available on all models

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Intelligent Traction Management

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Driving

Normal
Provides balanced 
driving performance 
on most road surfaces.

Snow Button

Snow
Use when driving on 
snowy road surfaces. 

2WD models

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic 
Stability Control (ESC), System

VSA® helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle turns more or less 
than what was intended. It also assists in maintaining traction on slippery surfaces. 
It does so by regulating engine output and selectively applying the brakes.

When VSA® activates, you may notice that the 
engine does not respond to the accelerator. 
You may also notice some noise from the 
hydraulic system. You will also see the 
indicator blink.

VSA® Operation

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control 
(ESC), System

The VSA® may not function properly if tire type and 
size are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and 
type of tire, and the air pressures as specified.

When the VSA® system indicator comes on and stays 
on while driving, there may be a problem with the 
system. While this may not interfere with normal 
driving, have your vehicle checked by a dealer 
immediately.

VSA® cannot enhance stability in all driving situations 
and does not control the entire braking system. You 
still need to drive and corner at speeds appropriate 
for the conditions and always leave a sufficient 
margin of safety.

The main function of the VSA® system is generally 
known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The 
system also includes a traction control function.

VSA® System 
Indicator

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System

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This button is on the driver side control panel. 
To partially disable VSA® functionality/
features, press and hold it until you hear a 
beep.

The traction control stops fully functioning, 
allowing the wheels to spin more freely at low 
speed. The VSA® OFF indicator will also come 
on and a message on the driver information 
interface informs you that the mode is 
changed.

Traction control mode can not be changed 
during Mud or Sand modes. If you are driving 
on mud or sand, Mud or Sand Intelligent 
Traction Management modes can also be 
used to free a stuck vehicle. On other road 
surfaces, change to Normal or Snow mode, 
then press and hold the 

 (VSA® OFF) button.

To restore VSA® functionality/features, press 

the  

(VSA® OFF) button until you hear a 

beep. 

VSA® is turned on every time you start the 
engine, even if you turned it off the last time 
you drove the vehicle.

VSA® On and Off

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Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control 
(ESC), System

With the 

 button pressed, your vehicle will have 

normal braking and cornering ability, but VSA® 
traction and stability enhancement becomes less 
effective.

In certain unusual conditions when your vehicle gets 
stuck in shallow mud or fresh snow, it may be easier 
to free it with the VSA® temporarily switched off.

When the 

 button is pressed, the traction control 

function becomes less effective. This allows for the 
wheels to spin more freely at low speed. You should 
only attempt to free your vehicle with the VSA® off if 
you are not able to free it when the VSA® is on.

Immediately after freeing your vehicle, be sure to 
switch VSA® on again. We do not recommend driving 
your vehicle with the VSA® system switched off.

You may hear a motor sound coming from the 
engine compartment while system checks are being 
performed immediately after starting the engine or 
while driving. This is normal.

VSA® OFF Indicator

AWD models

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Agile Handling Assist

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Agile Handling Assist

Lightly brakes each of the front and rear wheels, as needed, when you turn the 
steering wheel, and helps support the vehicle’s stability and performance during 
cornering.

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Agile Handling Assist

The agile handling assist cannot enhance stability in 
all driving situations. You still need to drive and 
corner at speeds appropriate for the conditions and 
always leave a sufficient margin of safety.

When the VSA® system indicator comes on and stays 
on while driving, the agile handling assist does not 
activate.

You may hear a sound coming from the engine 
compartment while the agile handling assist is 
activated. This is normal.

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Blind spot information System

*

Driving

Blind spot information System

*

Is designed to detect vehicles in specified alert zones adjacent to your vehicle, 
particularly in harder to see areas commonly known as “blind spots”.

When the system detects vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes, the 
appropriate indicator comes on for a few seconds, providing assistance when you 
change lanes.

How the system works

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Blind spot information System

*

Important Safety Reminder
Like all assistance systems, blind spot information 
system has limitations. Over reliance on blind spot 
information system may result in a collision.

The system is for your convenience only. Even if an 
object is within the alert zone, the following 
situations may occur.

The blind spot information system alert indicator 
may not come on due to obstruction (splashes, 
etc.) even without the Blind Spot Info Not 
Available
 driver information interface appearing.

The blind spot information system alert indicator 
may come on even with the message appearing.

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WARNING

Failure to visually confirm that it is safe to 
change lanes before doing so may result in 
a crash and serious injury or death.
Do not rely only on the blind spot 
information system when changing lanes.

Always look in your mirrors, to either side 
of your vehicle, and behind you for other 
vehicles before changing lanes.

Alert zone range
A: Approx. 1.6 ft. (0.5 m)
B: Approx. 10 ft. (3 m)
C: Approx. 10 ft. (3 m)

Radar Sensors:
underneath the 
rear bumper 
corners

Alert Zone

A

B

C

The transmission is in 

(

D.

Your vehicle speed is 
between 20 mph (32 km/h) 
and 100 mph (160 km/h)

* Not available on all models

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Blind spot information System

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Driving

When the system detects a vehicle

Blind spot information System Alert Indicator:
Located near the pillar on both sides.
Comes on when:
• A vehicle enters the alert zone from behind 

to overtake you with a speed difference of 
no more than 31 mph (50 km/h) from your 
vehicle.

• You pass a vehicle with a speed difference 

of no more than 12 mph (20 km/h).

Blinks and a beeper sounds when:
You move the turn signal lever in the direction 
of the detected vehicle. The beeper sounds 
three times.

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Blind spot information System

*

The blind spot information system alert indicator may 
not come on under the following conditions:

A vehicle does not stay in the alert zone for more 
than two seconds.

A vehicle is parked in a side lane.

The speed difference between your vehicle and the 
vehicle you are passing is greater than 6 mph 
(10 km/h).

An object not detected by the radar sensors 
approaches or passes your vehicle.

A vehicle running in the adjacent lane is a 
motorcycle or other small vehicle.

The system does not operate when in 

(

R.

You can turn off the audible alert, or all the blind spot 
information system alert using the audio/information 
screen.

Customized Features P. 432

Turn the system off when towing a trailer.
The system may not work properly for the following 
reasons:

The added mass tilts the vehicle and changes the 
radar coverage.

The trailer itself can be detected by the radar 
sensors, causing the blind spot information system 
alert indicators to come on.

Comes On

Blinks

* Not available on all models

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Blind spot information System

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Blind spot information system may be adversely 
affected when:

Objects (guard rails, poles, trees, etc,.) are detected.

An object that does not reflect radio waves well, 
such as a motorcycle, is in the alert zone.

Driving on a curved road.

A vehicle is moving from a far lane to the adjacent 
lane.

The system picks up external electrical interference.

The rear bumper or the sensors have been improperly 
repaired or the rear bumper has been deformed.

The orientation of the sensors has been changed.

In bad weather (Heavy rain, snow, and fog).

For a proper blind spot information system operation:

Always keep the rear bumper corner area clean.

Do not cover the rear bumper corner area with 
labels or stickers of any kind. 

Take your vehicle to a dealer if you need the rear 
bumper corner area or the radar sensors to be repaired, 
or the rear bumper corner area is strongly impacted.

* Not available on all models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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