OPERATION UNDER USUAL CONDITIONS - CONTINUED
OPERATE TRANSMISSION - CONTINUED
N (Neutral) is the normal transmission position when vehicle is not in use. Use N to
start engine, to check vehicle accessories, and for extended periods of engine idling.
Light on panel will illuminate and the digital display will display N when transmis-
sion is in neutral. Vehicle ECU automatically selects NEUTRAL when starting
When placed in D (Drive), the transmission starts out in 1st gear and automatically
progresses to the 5th gear. Press mode button then D (Drive) to select 6th gear. Dur-
ing slowdown, transmission automatically downshifts. Light on panel illuminates
and the digital display shows the highest forward gear attainable.
To select a specific forward gear, press the up or down arrow pushbuttons.
Even when a lower gear is selected, transmission may not downshift until
vehicle speed is reduced.
The digital display shows the selected gear.
The greater the need for engine power or engine braking power, the lower
the gear selection should be.
Use 2nd or 3rd gears when road, load, or traffic conditions make it prefera-
ble to use lower gears.
1st gear is the low gear used for pulling through mud, snow, or going up
steep grades. This position also offers maximum engine braking power.
When conditions improve, return vehicle to D (Drive).