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Before Driving

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Maximum Load Limit

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Driving

(5) Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being 

loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the 
available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in step 4.

(6) If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will 

be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to 
determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage 
load capacity of your vehicle.

In addition, the total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, 
accessories, cargo, and trailer tongue load must not exceed the 
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight 
Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.

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Maximum Load Limit

Towing a Trailer:
See Towing a Trailer to determine whether your 
vehicle is designed to tow a tailer.

Towing a Trailer P. 433

Load Limits Example

Example1

Max Load 

850 lbs 

(385 kg)

Passenger Weight 

150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs 

(68 kg x 2 = 136 kg)

Cargo Weight 

550 lbs 

(249 kg)

Example2

Max Load 

850 lbs 

(385 kg)

Passenger Weight 

150 lbs x 5 = 750 lbs 

(68 kg x 5 = 340 kg)

Cargo Weight 

100 lbs 
(45 kg)

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Driving

Towing a Trailer

Your vehicle is not designed to tow a trailer. Attempting to do so can void your 
warranties.

Towing Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs 
to be towed in an emergency, refer to the emergency towing information.

Emergency Towing P. 648

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Driving

When Driving

Starting the Engine

1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator (red) comes on for 15 seconds 
when you pull up the electric parking 
brake switch.

2. Check that the transmission is in 

(

P, then 

depress the brake pedal.

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Although it is possible to start the vehicle 
in 

(

N, it is safer to start it in 

(

P.

2. Check that the shift lever is in 

(

N. Then 

depress the brake pedal with your right 
foot, and the clutch pedal with your left 
foot.

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The clutch pedal must be fully depressed 
to start the engine.

Models without smart entry system

1

Starting the Engine

Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when 
starting the engine.

The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in 
thinner air found at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,400 
meters).

When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all 
electrical accessories such as the lights, heating 
system

*

/climate control system

*

, and rear defogger in 

order to reduce battery drain.

If you live in a region where winter is extremely cold, 
an engine block heater will improve starting and 
warming of the engine. Consult a dealer for details.

If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can 
smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle 
checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with 
the engine or exhaust system.

Electric Parking Brake Switch

Brake Pedal

Continuously variable transmission models

Brake Pedal

Clutch Pedal

Manual transmission models

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

Driving

3. Turn the ignition switch to START 

(

without depressing the accelerator pedal.

1. Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, put the shift lever in 

(

D. Select 

(

when reversing.

2. With the parking brake applied, release the brake pedal and gently depress the 

accelerator pedal.

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Make sure the parking brake indicator goes off.

Parking Brake P. 529

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Starting the Engine

Do not hold the key in START 

(

e for more than 10 

seconds.

If the engine does not start right away, wait for at 
least 30 seconds before trying again.

If the engine starts, but then immediately stops, 
wait at least 30 seconds before repeating step 3 
while gently depressing the accelerator pedal.
Release the accelerator pedal once the engine 
starts.

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from 
theft. If an improperly coded device is used, the 
engine’s fuel system is disabled.

Immobilizer System P. 153

All models

Starting to Drive

1

Starting to Drive

You can also release the parking brake by pressing 
the electric parking brake switch while depressing the 
brake pedal.
When facing downhill, you can start your vehicle 
more smoothly by manually releasing it with the 
electric parking brake switch than by releasing it with 
the accelerator pedal.

Continuously variable transmission models

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

Hill start assist system

Hill start assist keeps the brake engaged briefly to help prevent the vehicle from 
rolling on inclines as you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Depress the clutch pedal, and shift to one of the forward gears when facing uphill, 
or 

(

R when facing downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Put the transmission into 

(

D, 

(

S, or 

(

L when facing uphill, or 

(

R when facing 

downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Manual transmission models

Continuously variable transmission models

1

Hill start assist system

Hill start assist may not prevent the vehicle from 
rolling downhill on a very steep or slippery slope, and 
will not operate on small inclines.

Hill start assist is not a replacement for the parking 
brake.

Hill start assist will operate even when VSA® is 
switched off.

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Starting the Engine

Continued

Driving

Starting the Engine

1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator (red) comes on for 15 seconds 
when you pull up the electric parking 
brake switch.

2. Check that the transmission is in 

(

P, then 

depress the brake pedal.

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Although it is possible to start the vehicle 
in 

(

N, it is safer to start it in 

(

P.

2. Check that the shift lever is in 

(

N. Then 

depress the brake pedal with your right 
foot, and the clutch pedal with your left 
foot.

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The clutch pedal must be fully depressed 
to start the engine.

Models with smart entry system

1

Starting the Engine

Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when 
starting the engine.

The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in 
thinner air found at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,400 
meters).

When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all 
electrical accessories such as the lights, climate 
control system, and rear defogger in order to reduce 
battery drain.

If you live in a region where winter is extremely cold, 
an engine block heater will improve starting and 
warming of the engine. Consult a dealer for details.

If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can 
smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle 
checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with 
the engine or exhaust system.

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from 
theft. If an improperly coded device is used, the 
engine’s fuel system is disabled.

Immobilizer System P. 153

Electric Parking Brake Switch

Brake Pedal

Continuously variable transmission models

Brake Pedal

Clutch Pedal

Manual transmission models

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

3. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button 

without depressing the accelerator pedal.

You can turn the engine off when the vehicle is completely stopped.

1. Put the transmission into 

(

P.

2. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button.

• If the transmission is in 

(

N, press the ENGINE START/STOP button.

• If the transmission is in any gear other than 

(

N, depress the clutch pedal, then 

press the ENGINE START/STOP button.

All models

Stopping the Engine

1

Starting the Engine

Bring the smart entry remote close to the ENGINE 
START/STOP
 button if the battery in the smart entry 
remote is weak.

If the Smart Entry Remote Battery is Weak 

P. 629

The engine may not start if the smart entry remote is 
subjected to strong radio waves.

Do not hold the ENGINE START/STOP button to 
start the engine.
If the engine does not start, wait at least 30 seconds 
before trying again.

Continuously variable transmission models

Manual transmission models

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

Driving

You can remotely start the engine using the 

 button on the smart entry remote.

To start the engine

When started remotely, the engine automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of idling 
and/or the brake pedal and ENGINE START/STOP button have not been pressed 
simultaneously.
To extend the run time for another 10 minutes during the first run, press the 

 

button, then press and hold the 

 button.

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Some exterior lights flash six times if a 10-minute extension request was 
transmitted successfully.

Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

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Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

The remote engine start may violate local laws.
Before using the remote engine start, check your 
local laws.

If there are buildings and obstacles between your 
vehicle and the remote, the range will be reduced.
The range may be less when the vehicle is running.
This distance may vary by external electrical 
interference.
The engine may not start by the remote engine start 
if:

You have disabled a remote engine start setting 
using the audio/information screen.

The power mode is not in VEHICLE OFF.

The transmission is in a position other than 

(

P.

The hood is open, or any door or the trunk is 
unlocked.

3

WARNING

Engine exhaust contains toxic carbon 
monoxide.

Breathing carbon monoxide can kill you or 
cause unconsciousness.

Never use the remote engine starter when 
the vehicle is parked in a garage or other 
area with limited ventilation.

Press the 

 button, then press and hold 

the  

button.

Some exterior lights flash once.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

LED: Blinks when any button is pressed.

Some exterior lights flash six 
times if the engine runs 
successfully.

Some exterior lights will not 
flash if the engine runs 
unsuccessfully.

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

To stop the engine

1

Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

You have already used the remote twice to start 
the engine.

Another registered smart entry remote is in the 
vehicle.

There is an antenna failure.

The door is unlocked with the built-in key.

The engine oil pressure is low.

The engine coolant temperature is extremely high.

The security system alarm is not set.

While the engine is running, the vehicle will 
automatically precondition inside the vehicle.
When it is warm outside:

The air conditioning is activated in recirculation 
mode.

When it is cold outside:

The defroster is activated at a moderately warm 
temperature.

The rear defogger, door mirror heaters, and seat 
heaters

*

 are activated.

Front Seat Heaters

*

 P. 199

Press and hold the 

 button for one 

second.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

The exterior lights flash once if the engine stops successfully.

The exterior lights will not flash when the remote is out of 
the smart entry system range.
The engine will not stop.

* Not available on all models

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

Driving

1. Depress the brake pedal and press the ENGINE START/STOP button 

simultaneously.

2. Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, put the transmission into 

(

D. Select 

(

R when reversing.

3. With the parking brake applied, release the brake pedal and gently depress the 

accelerator pedal.

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Make sure the parking brake and brake system indicator (red) goes off.

Parking Brake P. 529

Hill start assist system

Hill start assist keeps the brake engaged briefly to help prevent the vehicle from 
rolling on inclines as you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Depress the clutch pedal, and shift to one of the forward gears when facing uphill, 
or 

(

R when facing downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Put the transmission into 

(

D, 

(

S, or 

(

L

*

 when facing uphill, or 

(

R when facing 

downhill, then release the brake pedal.

Starting to Drive

1

Starting to Drive

The engine stops when the transmission position is 
changed from 

(

P before the ENGINE START/STOP 

button is pressed. Follow step 1 when starting to drive.

You can also release the parking brake by pressing 
the electric parking brake switch while depressing the 
brake pedal.
When facing downhill, you can start your vehicle 
more smoothly by manually releasing it with the 
electric parking brake switch than by releasing it with 
the accelerator pedal.

When the engine was started using the 

 button on 

the smart entry remote

Continuously variable transmission models

When the engine was started using the 

 button on the smart entry remote

When the engine was started in any case

1

Hill start assist system

Hill start assist may not prevent the vehicle from 
rolling downhill on a very steep or slippery slope, and 
will not operate on small inclines.

Hill start assist is not a replacement for the parking 
brake.

Hill start assist will operate even when VSA® is 
switched off.

Manual transmission models

Continuously variable transmission models

* Not available on all models

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Precautions While Driving

Driving

Precautions While Driving

Avoid driving in deep water and on flooded roads. This can damage the engine or 
driveline, or cause electrical component failure.

If there is a strong impact with something under the vehicle, stop in a safe location. 
Check the underside of the vehicle for damage or any fluid leaks.

*1: Models with the smart entry system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an 
ignition switch.

In Rain

Other Precautions

1

Precautions While Driving

NOTICE

Do not operate the shift lever while pressing the 
accelerator pedal. You could damage the 
transmission.

NOTICE

If you repeatedly turn the steering wheel at an 
extremely low speed, or hold the steering wheel in 
the full left or right position for a while, the electric 
power steering (EPS) system heats up. The system 
goes into a protective mode, and limits its 
performance. The steering wheel becomes harder 
and harder to operate. Once the system cools down, 
the EPS system is restored.
Repeated operation under these conditions can 
eventually damage the system.

If the ignition switch is turned to ACCESSORY 

(

q

*1

 

while driving, the engine will shut down and all 
steering and brake power assist functions will stop, 
making it difficult to control the vehicle.

Do not put the shift lever in 

(

N, as you will lose 

engine braking (and acceleration) performance.

During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of operation, 
avoid sudden acceleration or full throttle operation so 
as not to damage the engine or powertrain.

Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km). 
You should also follow this when the brake pads are 
replaced.

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When Driving

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Continuously Variable Transmission

*

Driving

Continuously Variable Transmission

*

The engine runs at a higher idle speed and creeping increases.
Keep the brake pedal firmly depressed when stopped.

Quickly depressing the accelerator pedal while driving uphill may cause the 
transmission to drop to a lower ratio, unexpectedly increasing vehicle speed. 
Depress the accelerator pedal carefully, especially on slippery roads and curves.

Creeping

Kickdown

1

Precautions While Driving

NOTICE

The following can damage the under spoiler:

Parking the vehicle by a parking block

Parallel parking along the road shoulder

Driving toward the bottom of a hill

Driving up or down to a different surface level 
(such as a road shoulder)

Driving on a rutted or bumpy road

Driving on a road with potholes

Models with SPORT mode

* Not available on all models

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When Driving

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Shifting

Driving

Shifting

Change the shift position in accordance with your driving needs.

Shift lever positions

*1: Models with the smart entry system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an 
ignition switch.

Continuously variable transmission models without paddle shifters

1

Shifting

You cannot turn the ignition switch to LOCK 

(

0

*1

 

and remove the key unless the shift lever is in 

(

P.

The vehicle may move forward very slightly even in 

(

N while the engine is cold.

Depress the brake pedal firmly and, when necessary, 
apply the parking brake.

Reverse
Used when reversing

Drive
Used for normal driving

Park
Used when parking or starting the 
engine

Neutral
Transmission is not locked

Release Button

Drive (S)
Used:

For better acceleration

To increase engine braking

When going up or down hills

Low

Used to further increase engine braking

Used when going up or down hills

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When Driving

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Shifting

Driving

Shift Lever Operation

1

Shift Lever Operation

NOTICE

When you change the shift lever from 

(

D to 

(

R and 

vice versa, come to a complete stop and keep the 
brake pedal depressed.
Operating the shift lever before the vehicle has come 
to a complete standstill can damage the transmission.

Use the shift lever position indicator to check the 
lever position before pulling away.

If the transmission system indicator blinks when 
driving, in any shift position, there is a problem with 
the transmission.
Avoid sudden acceleration and have the transmission 
checked by a dealer as soon as possible.

The fuel supply may be cut off if you drive at engine 
speeds in or over the tachometer’s red zone (engine 
speed limit). If this happens, you may experience a 
slight jolt.

It may not be possible to operate the shift lever if the 
brake pedal is applied while the shift lever release 
button is held down.
Depress the brake pedal first.

When shifting positions in extremely low 
temperatures (-22°F/-30°C), there may be a short 
delay before the shift position is displayed. Always 
confirm you are in the correct shift position before 
driving.

Shift Lever Position 
Indicator
(Transmission 
System Indicator)

Depress the brake pedal and press the shift lever release 
button to shift.

Shift without pressing the shift lever release button.

Press the shift lever release button and shift.

Tachometer’s 
red zone

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When Driving

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Shifting

Driving

Shifting

Change the shift position in accordance with your driving needs.

Shift lever positions

Continuously variable transmission models with paddle shifters

1

Shifting

You cannot change the power mode from ON to 
VEHICLE OFF unless the shift lever is in 

(

P.

The vehicle may move forward very slightly even in 

(

N while the engine is cold.

Depress the brake pedal firmly and, when necessary, 
apply the parking brake.

Reverse
Used when reversing

Drive
Used:

For normal driving

When temporarily driving in the 
7-speed manual shift mode

Park
Used when parking or starting the 
engine

Neutral
Transmission is not locked

Release Button

Drive (S)
Used:

For better acceleration

To increase engine braking

When going up or down hills

When driving in the 7-speed 
manual shift mode

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When Driving

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Shifting

Driving

Shift Lever Operation

1

Shift Lever Operation

NOTICE

When you change the shift lever from 

(

D to 

(

R and 

vice versa, come to a complete stop and keep the 
brake pedal depressed.
Operating the shift lever before the vehicle has come 
to a complete standstill can damage the transmission.

Use the shift lever position indicator to check the 
lever position before pulling away.

If the transmission system indicator blinks when 
driving, in any shift position, there is a problem with 
the transmission.
Avoid sudden acceleration and have the transmission 
checked by a dealer as soon as possible.

The fuel supply may be cut off if you drive at engine 
speeds in or over the tachometer's red zone (engine 
speed limit). If this happens, you may experience a 
slight jolt.

It may not be possible to operate the shift lever if the 
brake pedal is applied while the shift lever release 
button is held down.
Depress the brake pedal first.

When shifting positions in extremely low 
temperatures (-22°F/-30°C), there may be a short 
delay before the shift position is displayed. Always 
confirm you are in the correct shift position before 
driving.

Shift Lever Position 
Indicator
(Transmission 
System Indicator)

Tachometer’s 
red zone

Press the shift lever release button and shift.

Depress the brake pedal and press the shift lever release 
button to shift.

Shift without pressing the shift lever release button.

M (7-Speed Manual Shift Mode) 
Indicator/Shift Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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