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Adjusting the Seats

Front Seats

Adjust the driver’s seat as far back as possible 
while allowing you to maintain full control of 
the vehicle. You should be able to sit upright, 
well back in the seat and be able to 
adequately press the pedals without leaning 
forward, and grip the steering wheel 
comfortably. The passenger’s seat should be 
adjusted in a similar manner, so that it is as far 
back from the front airbag in the dashboard 
as possible.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow 
at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the 
steering wheel and the chest.

Always make seat adjustments before driving.

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WARNING

Sitting too close to a front airbag can result 
in serious injury or death if the front 
airbags inflate.

Always sit as far back from the front 
airbags as possible while maintaining 
control of the vehicle.

Move back.

Allow sufficient 
space.

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Adjusting the Seat Positions

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Once a seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and 
forth to make sure it is locked in position.

Horizontal Position 
Adjustment
Pull up on the bar to move the 
seat, then release the bar.

Driver’s seat is shown.

Seat-back Angle 
Adjustment
Pull up the lever to 
change the angle.

Height Adjustment
(Driver side only)
Pull up or push down the lever 
to raise or lower the seat.

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Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, 
upright position, leaving ample space 
between your chest and the airbag cover in 
the center of the steering wheel.

The front seat passenger should also adjust 
their seat-back to a comfortable, upright 
position.

Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the 
occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the 
chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a 
seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury.

Adjusting the Seat-Backs

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Adjusting the Seat-Backs

Do not put a cushion, or other object, between the 
seat-back and your back.

Doing so may interfere with proper seat belt or airbag 
operation.

If you cannot get far enough away from the steering 
wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend 
that you investigate whether some type of adaptive 
equipment may help.

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WARNING

Reclining the seat-back too far can result in 
serious injury or death in a crash.

Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, 
and sit well back in the seat.

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Reclining the seat-backs on the front seats until they are level with the rear seat 
cushions provides a large cushioned area that can (and should only) be used when 
the vehicle is safely parked.

1. Remove the front head restraints while 

pushing the release button.

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Store the head restraints in the cargo 
area.

2. Adjust the front seats forward as far as 

possible.

3. While pulling the seat-back angle 

adjustment lever, pivot the seat-back 
backward until it is level with the rear seat 
cushion.

4. Move the front seat backward until it 

touches the rear seat.

5. Unlatch the detachable anchor from the 

anchor buckle, and store the rear center 
seat belt.

Seat Belt with Detachable Anchor P. 43

6. Adjust the rear seat-back to the desired 

position.

To return the front seats and rear center seat 
belt to their original positions, reverse this 
procedure.
When you return a seat-back to its upright 
position, hold the seat-back to keep it from 
going up too quickly.

Reclining the Front Seats

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Reclining the Front Seats

Both front seats must be returned to their normal 
upright position, and the head restraints reinstalled 
and properly adjusted before driving.

Removing and Reinstalling the Head 

Restraints P. 184

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Rear Seats

Pull the lever on the right to change the angle 
of the right half of the seat-back, and left for 
the left half.

Rear Seat-back Adjusting

Release Lever

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Rear Seats

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The rear seats can be folded down separately to allow for additional storage space.

To fold down the seat

1. Store the center seat belt first. Insert the 

latch plate into the slot on the side of the 
anchor buckle.

2. Retract the seat belt into the holder on the 

ceiling.

Seat Belt with Detachable Anchor P. 43

3. Lower the head restraint to its lowest 

position.

4. Pull the release lever and fold down the 

seat-back.

To return the seat to the original position, pull 
up the seat-back in the upright position.

Folding Down the Rear Seats

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Folding Down the Rear Seats

Make sure all items in the cargo area or items 
extending to the rear seats are properly 
secured. Loose items can fly forward if you have 
to brake hard.

Remove any items from the rear seat cushion and 
floor before you fold down the rear seat.

To lock the seat-back upright, push it backwards until 
it locks.

Make sure the seat-back, head restraints and seat 
cushion are securely latched back into place before 
driving. Also, make sure all rear shoulder belts are 
positioned in front of the seat-back, and the center 
shoulder belt is re-positioned in the holding slot.

Make sure that the folded seat-back does not press 
against the front passenger seat, as this can cause the 
weight sensors in the front passenger seat to work 
improperly.

Passenger Front Airbag Off Indicator P. 58

Anchor 
Buckle

Latch Plate

Release Lever

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Separately lift up the left and right halves of 
the rear seat cushions to make room for cargo 
area.

Lifting up the seat cushion

1. Make sure the seat belt buckles are in their 

loops on the seat.

2. Pull up the rear seat cushion.
3. Fold the seat leg down while pushing the 

seat cushion firmly against the seat-back to 
lock it.

Putting the seat in the original position

1. Hold the seat cushion in the upright 

position, and pull up the seat leg fully.

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The seat cushion can abruptly fall down 
once you pull up the seat leg.

2. Slowly put down the seat cushion and set 

the seat leg in the floor guide.

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A latch comes out when the leg is set 
properly.

Folding the Rear Seat Up

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Folding the Rear Seat Up

After you fold the seat up, or put it back in the 
original position, make sure the seat is firmly secured 
by rocking it forward and back.

Check if there are any items on the seat before you 
pull the seat cushion up. Check if there are any 
obstacles around the floor guide before you put the 
seat back in the original position.

Loop

Seat Leg

Floor Guide

Latch

Seat Leg

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Head Restraints

Your vehicle is equipped with head restraints in all seating positions.

Head restraints are most effective for 
protection against whiplash and other rear-
impact crash injuries when the center of the 
back of the occupant’s head rests against the 
center of the restraint. The tops of the 
occupant’s ears should be level with the 
center height of the restraint.

To raise the head restraint: Pull it upward.
To lower the head restraint: Push it down 
while pressing the release button.

Adjusting the front head restraint positions

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Adjusting the front head restraint positions

In order for the head restraint system to work 
properly:

Do not hang any items on the head restraints, or 
from the restraint legs.

Do not place any objects between an occupant and 
the seat-back.

Install each restraint in its proper location.

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WARNING

Improperly positioning head restraints 
reduces their effectiveness and increases 
the likelihood of serious injury in a crash.

Make sure head restraints are in place and 
positioned properly before driving.

Position head in the center 
of the head restraint.

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A passenger sitting in a back seating position 
should adjust the height of their head restraint 
to an appropriate position before the vehicle 
begins moving.
To raise the head restraint:
Pull it upward.
To lower the head restraint:
Push it down while pressing the release 
button.

Changing the Rear Seat Head Restraint Positions

Outer

Center

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Head restraints can be removed for cleaning or repair.

To remove a head restraint:
Pull the restraint up as far as it will go. Then push the release button, and pull the 
restraint up and out.

To reinstall a head restraint:
Insert the legs back in place, then adjust the head restraint to an appropriate height 
while pressing the release button. Pull up on the restraint to make sure it is locked 
in position.

Removing and Reinstalling the Head Restraints

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Removing and Reinstalling the Head Restraints

To remove and install the rear outer head restraint, 
recline the seat-back slightly forward as the space 
between the ceiling and the seat-back is limited.

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WARNING

Failure to reinstall, or correctly reinstall, the 
head restraints can result in severe injury 
during a crash.

Always replace the head restraints before 
driving.

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Maintain a Proper Sitting Position

After all occupants have adjusted their seats and head restraints, and put on their 
seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their 
seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is safely parked and the engine is 
off.
Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if 
an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or 
sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly 
increased.
In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or 
fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an 
inflating front airbag.

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WARNING

Sitting improperly or out of position can 
result in serious injury or death in a crash.

Always sit upright, well back in the seat, 
with your feet on the floor.

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Armrest

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The console lid can be used as an armrest.

Using the Front Seat Armrest

* Not available on all models

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Interior Lights/Interior Convenience Items

Interior Lights

ON

The interior lights come on regardless of 
whether the doors are open or closed.

Door activated

The interior lights come on in the following 
situations:
• When any doors are opened.
• You unlock the driver’s door.

• You remove the key from the ignition 

switch.

• When the power mode is set to VEHICLE 

OFF (LOCK).

OFF

The interior lights remain off regardless of 
whether the doors are open or closed.

Interior Light Switches

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Interior Light Switches

In the door activated position, the interior lights fade 
out and go off about 30 seconds after the doors are 
closed.
The lights go off after 30 seconds in the following 
situations:

When you unlock the driver’s door but do not open it.

When you remove the key from the ignition switch 
but do not open a door.

When you set the power mode to VEHICLE OFF 
(LOCK) but do not open a door.

The interior lights go off immediately in the following 
situations:

When you lock the driver’s door.

When you turn the ignition switch to ON 

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When you close the driver’s door with the key in 
the ignition switch.

When you close the driver’s door in ACCESSORY 
mode.

If you leave any of the doors open in VEHICLE OFF 
(LOCK) mode, or without the key in the ignition 
switch, the interior lights go off after about 15 
minutes.

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

Models without smart entry system

Models with smart entry system

Models without smart entry system

Models with smart entry system

On

Off

Door Activated Position

Front

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Rear

Door Activated Position

Off

Models without smart entry system

Models with smart entry system

* Not available on all models

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The map lights can be turned on and off by 
pressing the lenses.

The light comes on when you open the 
tailgate, and goes off when closed.

Map Lights

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Map Lights

When the interior light switch is in the door activated 
position and any door is open, the map light will not 
go off when you press the lens.

Models with moonroof

Models with moonroof

Models without moonroof

Cargo Area Light

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Interior Convenience Items

Pull the handle to open the glove box.

Pull the handle to open the console 
compartment.

Glove Box

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Glove Box

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WARNING

An open glove box can cause serious injury 
to your passenger in a crash, even if the 
passenger is wearing the seat belt.

Always keep the glove box closed while 
driving.

Console Compartment

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* Not available on all models

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Front seat beverage holders

Pull the lid backward to use the front panel 
beverage holder.

The beverage holder is at the front of each 
door.

Beverage Holders

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Beverage Holders

NOTICE

Spilled liquids can damage the upholstery, carpeting, 
and electrical components in the interior.

Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. 
Hot liquid can scald you.

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