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365

Driving

This chapter discusses driving and refueling.

Before Driving

................................... 366

Towing a Trailer

................................ 371

When Driving

Starting the Engine .......................... 372
Precautions While Driving................. 378
Automatic Transmission ................... 379
Shifting ............................................ 380
Integrated Dynamics System............. 388
Auto Idle Stop.................................. 395

Vehicle Stability Assist

TM

 (VSA

®

), aka 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC), 
System ........................................402

Agile Handling Assist ....................... 404

Super Handling-All Wheel Drive

TM

 (SH-

AWD

®

)

*

......................................... 405

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) 

with Tire Fill Assist.......................... 406

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - 

Required Federal Explanation........... 408

Blind spot information System

*

........ 410

AcuraWatch

TM

................................... 413

Collision Mitigation Braking System

TM

 

(CMBS

TM

) ....................................... 417

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low 

Speed Follow ................................. 428

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) .. 448

Traffic Jam Assist ............................. 457

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) 

System........................................ 469

Traffic Sign Recognition System ....... 474
Front Sensor Camera ....................... 480
Radar Sensor ................................... 482

Braking

.............................................. 483

Parking Your Vehicle

........................ 492

Multi-View Rear Camera

*

................ 503

Surround View Camera System

*

..... 505

Refueling

........................................... 513

Fuel Economy and CO

2

 Emissions

.... 516

* Not available on all models

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Driving

Before Driving

Driving Preparation

Check the following items before you start driving.

Make sure there are no obstructions on the windows, door mirrors, exterior 
lights, or other parts of the vehicle.

u

Remove any frost, snow, or ice.

u

Remove any snow on the roof, as this can slip down and obstruct your field of 
vision while driving. If frozen solid, remove ice once it has softened.

u

When removing ice from around the wheels, be sure not to damage the wheel 
or wheel components.

Make sure the hood is securely closed.

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If the hood opens while driving, your front view will be blocked.

Make sure the tires are in good condition.

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Check air pressures, and check for damage and excessive wear.

2

Checking and Maintaining Tires

 P. 544

Make sure there are no people or objects behind or around the vehicle.

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There are blind spots from the inside.

Exterior Checks

1

Exterior Checks

NOTICE

When doors are frozen shut, use warm water around 
the door edges to melt any ice. Do not try to force 
them open, as this can damage the rubber trim 
around the doors. When done, wipe dry to avoid 
further freezing.

Do not pour warm water into the key cylinder.
You will be unable to insert the key if the water 
freezes in the hole.

Heat from the engine and exhaust can ignite 
flammable materials left under the hood, causing a 
fire. If you’ve parked your vehicle for an extended 
period, inspect and remove any debris that may have 
collected, such as dried grass and leaves that have 
fallen or have been carried in for use as a nest by a 
small animal. Also check under the hood for leftover 
flammable materials after you or someone else has 
performed maintenance on your vehicle.

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Before Driving

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Driving Preparation

Driving

Store or secure all items on board properly.

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Carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s 
handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe.

2

Maximum Load Limit

 P. 369

Do not pile items higher than the seat height.

u

They can block your view and may be thrown forward in the event of sudden 
braking.

Do not place anything in the front seat footwells. Make sure to secure the floor 
mat.

u

An object or unsecured floor mat can interfere with your brake and accelerator 
pedal operation while driving.

If you have any animals on board, do not let them move around in the vehicle.

u

They may interfere with driving and a crash could occur.

Securely close and lock all doors and the trunk.

2

Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside

 P. 130

Adjust your seating position properly.

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Adjust the head restraint, too.

2

Seats

 P. 166

2

Adjusting the Head Restraint Positions

 P. 172

Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel properly.

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Adjust them while sitting in the proper driving position.

2

Adjusting the Steering Wheel

 P. 162

2

Mirrors

 P. 163

Interior Checks

1

Interior Checks

The headlight aim is set by the factory, and does not 
need to be adjusted. However, if you regularly carry 
heavy items in the trunk have the aiming readjusted 
at a dealer or by a qualified technician.

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Before Driving

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Driving Preparation

Driving

Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the 
seats.

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They can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, the operation 
of the seats, or the operation of the sensors under the seats.

Everyone in the vehicle must fasten their seat belt.

2

Fastening a Seat Belt

 P. 39

Make sure that the indicators in the instrument panel come on when you start the 
vehicle, and go off soon after.

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Always have a dealer check the vehicle if a problem is indicated.

2

Indicators

 P. 78

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Before Driving

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Maximum Load Limit

Continued

Driving

Maximum Load Limit

The maximum load for your vehicle is 838 lbs (380 kg).
See the Tire and Loading Information label attached to the driver’s 
doorjamb.

This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, and 
accessories, and the tongue load if you are towing a trailer.

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit -

(1)

Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and 
cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your 
vehicle’s placard.

(2)

Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers 
that will be riding in your vehicle.

(3)

Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers 
from XXX kg or XXX lbs.

(4)

The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and 
luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 
1,400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb. passengers in your vehicle, 
the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs.
(1,400 - 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.)

1

Maximum Load Limit

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all 
occupants, all accessories and all cargo.

2

Specifications

 P. 618

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle axle.

2

Specifications

 P. 618

3

WARNING

Overloading or improper loading 

can affect handling and stability 

and cause a crash in which you 

can be hurt or killed.
Follow all load limits and other 

loading guidelines in this manual.

Label Example

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Maximum Load Limit

370

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.

1

Maximum Load Limit

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

2

Towing a Trailer

 P. 371

Load Limits Example

Example1

Max Load

838 lbs 

(380 kg)

Passenger Weight

150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs 

(68 kg x 2 = 136 kg)

Cargo Weight

538 lbs 

(244 kg)

Example2

Max Load

838 lbs 

(380 kg)

Passenger Weight

150 lbs x 5 = 750 lbs 

(68 kg x 5 = 340 kg)

Cargo Weight

88 lbs 

(40 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 Behind a Motorhome

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.

2

Emergency Towing

 P. 612

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372

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 comes on for 30 seconds when 
you press the electric parking brake 
switch.

2.

Check that the transmission is in 

(

P

, then 

depress the brake pedal.

u

Although it is possible to start the vehicle 
in 

(

N

, it is safer to start it in 

(

P

.

3.

Press the 

ENGINE START/STOP

 button 

without depressing the accelerator pedal.

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.

Bring the keyless access remote close to the 

ENGINE 

START/STOP

 button if the battery in the keyless 

access remote is weak.

2

If the Keyless Access Remote Battery is 
Weak

 P. 591

The engine may not start if the keyless access remote 
is subjected to strong radio waves.

Electric Parking 

Brake Switch

Brake Pedal

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

Driving

1

Starting the Engine

Do not hold the 

ENGINE START/STOP

 button to 

start the engine.
If the engine does not start, wait at least 30 seconds 
before starting the engine again.

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

2

Immobilizer System

 P. 137

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

374

Driving

You can remotely start the engine using the two-way keyless access remote from 
extended distances.

To start the engine

The engine runs for up to 10 minutes without you starting the vehicle.
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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The amber LED blinks, then the green LED comes back on if a 10-minute 
extension request was transmitted successfully.

After pressing the 

 button, wait for the green LED to blink. This indicates that 

the all the doors and the trunk are locked. 

Remote Engine Start

*

1

Remote Engine Start

*

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.
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.

2

Customized Features

 P. 300

The power mode is not in VEHICLE OFF (LOCK).

The transmission is in a position other than 

(

P

.

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

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

3

WARNING

Carbon monoxide gas is toxic and can 
rapidly accumulate in closed or even partly 
enclosed areas.

Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and 
even kill you.

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

Press the 

 button, then press and hold 

the 

 button.

Amber LED: Blinks when any button is pressed.

Continues to blink 
during a vehicle 
self check until the 
engine starts.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

Green LED: Comes on while 
the engine is running.

Red LED: Blinks when the 
remote is out of the keyless 
access system range.

* Not available on all models

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

Driving

To stop the engine

Press and hold the 

 button 

for one second.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

Amber LED: Blinks when any 
button is pressed.

Red LED:

Comes on for one second to let you 
know that the engine has stopped.

Blinks when the remote is out of 
the keyless access system range. 
The engine will not stop.

1

Remote Engine Start

*

Another registered keyless access remote is in the 
vehicle.

There is any 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.

The keyless access remote is left in the vehicle 
when you get out.

Before starting the engine, make sure to check the 
door lock status using the remote. When you press 
the 

 button, wait for the green LED to blink. If 

the red LED turns on, the doors and trunk did not 
lock, and the engine does not start.

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

The climate control system is activated.

The seat ventilation is activated

*

.

When it is cold outside:

The defroster is activated at a moderately warm 
temperature.

The rear defogger and door mirror heaters are 
activated.

The seat heaters and heated steering wheel are 
activated

*

.

2

Heated Steering Wheel

*

 P. 194

2

Front Seat Heaters and Ventilation

*

 

P. 192

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

1.

Depress and hold the brake pedal, then press the 

ENGINE START/STOP

 button.

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 goes off.

2

Parking Brake

 P. 483

2

If the Transmission System Indicator Blinks along with the Warning 
Message

 P. 604

Starting to Drive

1

Starting to Drive

You can also release the parking brake by pulling 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.

The engine stops when the transmission is taken out 
of 

(

P

 before the 

ENGINE START/STOP

 button is 

pressed. Follow step 1 when starting to drive.

When the engine was started using the keyless access 

remote

*

When the engine was started using the keyless access remote

*

When the engine was started in any case

* Not available on all models

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

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.

Put the transmission into 

(

D

 or 

(

S

 when facing uphill, or 

(

R

 when facing downhill, 

then release the brake 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.

Stopping the Engine

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 will operate even when VSA

®

 is 

switched off.

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

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When Driving

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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.

In Rain

1

Precautions While Driving

NOTICE

Do not select a shift button 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 power mode is set to ACCESSORY while 
driving, the engine will shut down and all steering 
and brake power assist functions will stop, making it 
difficult to control the vehicle.

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Automatic Transmission

Driving

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.

Automatic Transmission

When the engine runs at higher idle speeds, the creeping force 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 gear, unexpectedly increasing vehicle speed. Depress 
the accelerator pedal carefully, especially on slippery roads and curves.

Other Precautions

Creeping

Kickdown

1

Precautions While Driving

Do not select 

(

N

 while driving 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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Shifting

Driving

Shifting

Change the gear position in accordance with your driving needs.

Shift button positions

1

Shifting

To prevent malfunction and unintended 
engagement:

Do not spill any liquids on or around shift buttons.

Do not place or drop any objects on or around shift 
buttons.

Do not let passengers or children operate the shift 
buttons.

The beeper sounds and the message appears on the 
multi-information display when you depress the 
accelerator pedal with the gear position in 

(

N

.

Change the gear position to 

(

D

 or 

(

R

 with the brake 

pedal depressed.

3

WARNING

The vehicle can roll away if left unattended 
without confirming that Park is engaged.

A vehicle that rolls away could cause a crash 
resulting in serious injury or death.

Always keep your foot on the brake pedal 
until you have confirmed that 

(

P

 is shown 

on the gear position indicator.

Park

Used when parking, before turning off or 

starting the engine

Reverse

Used when reversing

Neutral

Transmission is not locked

Drive/S Position

Each time you press the 

 button, the 

mode switches between Drive and S Position 

mode.
Used for:

Normal driving (gears change between 
1st and 10th automatically)

Temporarily driving in the sequential 
mode

Automatically changing gears between 
1st and 8th (8th gear is used only at high 
speed)

Driving in the sequential mode

D/S

Drive

S Position

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