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Driving

Off-Highway Driving Guidelines

General Information

Your vehicle has been designed primarily for use on pavement, however, its higher 
ground clearance allows you to occasionally travel on unpaved roads. It is not 
designed for trail-blazing, or other challenging off-highway activities.

If you decide to drive on unpaved roads, you will find that it requires somewhat 
different driving skills and that your vehicle will handle somewhat differently than it 
does on pavement. Pay attention to the precautions and tips in this section, and get 
acquainted with your vehicle before leaving the pavement.

Important Safety Precautions

To avoid loss of control or rollover, be sure to follow all precautions and 
recommendations:

Be sure to store cargo properly and do not exceed your cargo load limits.

2

Maximum Load Limit

 P. 367

Whenever you drive, make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts.

Keep your speed low, and never go faster than the conditions allow.

It’s up to you to continually assess the situation and drive within the limits.

1

Off-Highway Driving Guidelines

Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result 
in a crash or a rollover.

2

Important Handling Information

 P. 34

2

Precautions While Driving

 P. 392

Spinning the tires excessively can also damage the 
Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) system.

3

WARNING

Improperly operating this vehicle on or off-
pavement can cause a crash or rollover in 
which you and your passengers could be 
seriously injured or killed.

Follow all instructions and guidelines in 
this owner’s manual.

Keep your speed low, and don’t drive 
faster than conditions permit.

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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines

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Avoiding Trouble

Driving

Avoiding Trouble

Check Out Your Vehicle

 before you leave the pavement and make sure that all 

scheduled maintenance has been completed. Pay special attention to the 
condition of the tires, and check the tire pressures.

Remember

 the route you choose presents limits (too steep or bumpy), you have 

limits (driving skill and comfort), and your vehicle has limits (traction, stability, and 
power). Failing to recognize these limits will likely put you and your passengers in 
a hazardous situation.

Accelerating and Braking

 should be done slowly and gradually. Trying to start 

or stop too fast can cause a loss of traction and you could lose control.

Avoiding Obstacles and Debris

 in the road reduces the likelihood of a rollover 

or damage to your suspension or other components.

Driving on Slopes

 increases your risk of a rollover, particularly if you attempt to 

drive across a slope that is too steep. Going straight up or down a slope is usually 
the safest. If you can’t clearly see all conditions or obstacles on a slope, walk it 
before you drive it. If there is any doubt whether you can safely pass, don’t try it. 
Find another route. If you get stuck when climbing, do not try to turn around. 
Back down slowly following the same route you took up the hill.

Crossing a Stream

 - Avoid driving through deep water. If you encounter water 

in your route (a small stream or large puddle, for example), evaluate it carefully 
before going ahead. Make sure it is shallow, flowing slowly, and has firm ground 
underneath. If you are not sure of the depth or the ground, turn around and find 
another route. Driving through deep water can also damage your vehicle. The 
water can get into the transmission and differential, diluting the lubricant and 
causing an eventual failure. It can also wash the grease out of the wheel bearings.

If You Get Stuck

, carefully go in the direction that you think will get you 

unstuck. Do not spin the tires as this will only make things worse and could 
damage the transmission. If you are unable to free yourself, your vehicle will need 
to be towed. Front and rear tow hooks are provided for this purpose.

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Driving

When Driving

Starting the Engine

1.

Make sure the parking brake is applied.

2.

Depress the brake pedal.

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 remote close to the 

ENGINE 

START/STOP

 button if the battery in the keyless 

remote is weak.

2

If the Keyless Remote Battery is Weak

 

P. 550

The engine may not start if the keyless 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 starting the engine again.

Parking Brake

Brake Pedal

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

1

Starting the Engine

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. 136

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

Driving

You can remotely start the engine using the keyless remote.

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.

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.

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

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.

1

Remote Engine Start

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. 298

You do not press and hold the 

 button 

within 5 seconds after the 

 button is pressed.

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.

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

Another registered keyless 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.

Press the 

 button, then press and hold 

the  

button.

Some exterior lights flash once.

LED: Blinks when any button is pressed.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

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

Exterior lights will not flash if 
the engine does not start.

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Starting the Engine

Driving

To stop the engine

1

Remote Engine Start

The engine may stop while it is running if:

You do not start the vehicle within 10 minutes of 
starting the engine with the keyless remote.

The engine is stopped by using the keyless remote.

There is any antenna failure.

The security system alarm is not set.

The door is unlocked with the built-in key.

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

The transmission is in a position other than 

(

P

.

The engine coolant temperature is extremely high.

The battery is low.

The engine oil pressure is low.

The Malfunction Indicator Lamp comes on if there 
is a problem with the emissions control systems.

Press and hold the 

 

button for one second.

Go within the range, and try again.

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

The exterior lights flash once if the engine stops 
successfully.

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

1

Remote Engine 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 in 
recirculation mode.

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. 187

2

Front Seat Heaters

*

 P. 188

2

Front Seat Heaters / Ventilators

*

 P. 189

2

Rear Seat Heaters

*

 P. 190

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

Driving

1.

Depress and hold the brake pedal, then press the 

ENGINE START/STOP

 button.

2.

Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, release the parking brake. Check that 
the parking brake indicator has gone off.

2

Parking Brake

 P. 468

3.

Put the transmission into 

(

D

. Select 

(

R

 when reversing.

4.

Gradually release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to pull 
away.

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.

Starting to Drive

Stopping the Engine

1

Starting to Drive

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 remote

When the engine was started using the keyless 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 will operate even when VSA

®

 is 

switched off.

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

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Precautions While Driving

Driving

Precautions While Driving

Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. 
To prevent rollovers or loss of control:

Take corners at slower speeds than you would with a passenger vehicle.

Avoid sharp turns and abrupt maneuvers whenever possible.

Do not modify your vehicle in any way that you would raise the center of gravity.

Do not carry heavy cargo on the roof.

Never carry more than 165 lbs (75 kg) of cargo on the roof rack (Honda accessory).

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.

Driving Guidelines for Your Utility Vehicle

In Rain

Other Precautions

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.

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) 
after purchasing your new vehicle or replacing the 
brake pads or rotors, to allow for proper break-in.

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Precautions While Driving

Driving

1

Driving Guidelines for Your Utility Vehicle

Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result 
in a crash or a rollover.

2

Important Handling Information

 P. 34

2

Precautions While Driving

 P. 392

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Automatic Transmission

Driving

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.

Creeping

Kickdown

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Shifting

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Driving

Shifting

Change the shift 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 transmission in 

(

N

.

2

Multi-Information Display Warning and 
Information Messages

 P. 96

Put the transmission into 

(

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 shift position Indicator.

Park

Used when parking or starting the engine
Transmission is locked

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 9th 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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Shifting

Driving

(

P

 (parking) button

Park your vehicle in a safe place with the 
power mode in ON, then apply the brakes and 
press the 

(

P

 button to put the transmission in 

Park.
The indicators on the sides of the 

(

P

 button 

come on.

(

P

 Button

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Shifting

Driving

Shift Operation

1

Shift Operation

NOTICE

When you change 

(

D

 to 

(

R

 and vice versa, depress 

the brake pedal to come to a complete stop, then 
select the intended shift position while maintaining 
brake pressure.

Use the shift position indicator and the shift button 
indicator to check the shift position before selecting a 
shift button.

If the indicator of the currently selected shift position, 
or all the shift position indicators are blinking 
simultaneously, 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.

When the engine speed is increased while the 
transmission is in 

(

N

(

P

 or 

(

R

, the fuel supply may 

be cut off even without the engine speed entering 
the tachometer’s red zone.

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

Shift Position Indicator 
(Transmission System Indicator)

Tachometer’s Red Zone

Press the 

(

P

 button.

Pull back the 

(

R

 button.

Press the 

(

N

 button.

Press the 

 button.

Each time you press the button, 
the mode switches between Drive 
and S Position mode.

D/S

Shift Button 
Indicator

M

 (sequential mode) Indicator

Sequential Mode Gear Selection 
Indicator

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Shifting

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Driving

In freezing or sub-freezing conditions, the shift selection response may be slow.
Always depress the brake pedal before putting the transmission into 

(

P

, and 

confirm that 

(

P

 is shown on the shift position indicator before releasing the brake.

When opening the driver’s door

If you open the driver’s door under the following conditions, the transmission 
automatically changes to 

(

P

.

The vehicle is stationary with the engine running, or moving at 1 mph (2 km/h) or 
slower.

The transmission is in other than 

(

P

.

You have unfastened the driver side seat belt.

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If you manually put the transmission into any other position from 

(

P

 with the 

brake pedal depressed, the transmission will automatically return to 

(

P

 once 

you release the brake pedal.

When turning off the power mode

If you turn the engine off while the vehicle is stationary, and the transmission is in 
other than 

(

P

, the transmission automatically changes to 

(

P

.

1

Shift Operation

The beeper sounds once when you change to 

(

R

.

2

Customized Features

 P. 298

1

When opening the driver’s door

While the system is designed to automatically change 
the transmission to 

(

P

 under the described 

conditions, in the interest of safety you should always 
select 

(

P

 before opening the driver’s door.

Make sure to park the vehicle in a safe place.

2

When Stopped

 P. 472

If you want to drive the vehicle after the transmission 
has automatically changed to 

(

P

 under the described 

conditions, close the door, fasten the seat belt, 
depress the brake pedal, then change the shift 
position.

If you leave the vehicle, turn off the engine and lock 
the doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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