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If the electronic key battery is depleted
P. 408

Operation of the engine switch

If the switch is not pressed shortly and firmly, the engine switch mode may
not change or the engine may not start.

If  attempting  to  restart  the  engine  immediately  after  turning  the  engine
switch off, the engine may not start in some cases. After turning the engine
switch off, wait a few seconds before restarting the engine.

If the smart key system has been deactivated in a customized setting
P. 452

WARNING

When starting the engine
Always start the engine while sitting in the driver’s seat. Do not depress the
accelerator pedal while starting the engine under any circumstances.
Doing so may cause an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

Caution while driving
If engine failure occurs while the vehicle is moving, do not lock or open the
doors until the vehicle reaches a safe and complete stop. Activation of the
steering  lock  in  this  circumstance  may  lead  to  an  accident,  resulting  in
death or serious injury.

Stopping the engine in an emergency

If you want to stop the engine in an emergency while driving the vehicle,
press  and  hold  the  engine  switch  for  more  than  2  seconds,  or  press  it
briefly 3 times or more in succession. (

P. 417)

However, do not touch the engine switch while driving except in an emer-
gency. Turning the engine off while driving will not cause loss of steering
or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost. This
will make it more difficult to steer and brake, so you should pull over and
stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

If  the  engine  switch  is  operated  while  the  vehicle  is  running,  a  warning
message  will  be  shown  on  the  multi-information  display  and  a  buzzer
sounds.

When restarting the engine after it was turned off while driving, shift the
shift lever to N and press the engine switch.

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NOTICE

To prevent battery discharge

Do not leave the engine switch in ACCESSORY or IGNITION ON mode
for long periods of time without the engine running.

If “ACCESSORY” or “IGNITION ON” is displayed on the multi-information
display,  the  engine  switch  is  not  off.  Exit  the  vehicle  after  turning  the
engine switch off.

Do not stop the engine when the shift lever is in a position other than P. If
the engine is stopped in another shift lever position, the engine switch will
not be turned off but instead be turned to ACCESSORY mode. If the vehi-
cle is left in ACCESSORY mode, battery discharge may occur.

When starting the engine

Do not race a cold engine.

If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have your vehi-
cle checked by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Symptoms indicating a malfunction with the engine switch
If the engine switch seems to be operating somewhat differently than usual,
such  as  the  switch  sticking  slightly,  there  may  be  a  malfunction.  Contact
your Toyota dealer immediately.

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While  the  engine  switch  is  in  IGNITION  ON  mode  and  the
brake pedal depressed

*

, shift the shift lever while pushing the

shift release button on the shift knob.
Shift  the  shift  lever  while  pushing  the  shift  release  button  on
the shift knob.
Shift the shift lever normally.

When  shifting  the  shift  lever  between  P  and  D,  make  sure  that  the
vehicle is completely stopped and the brake pedal is depressed. 

*

: For the vehicle be able to be shifted from P, the brake pedal must be

depressed  before  the  shift  release  button  is  pushed.  If  the  shift
release button is pushed first, the shift lock will not be released.

Automatic transmission

Shifting the shift lever

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*

1

: Shifting to the D position allows the system to select a gear suitable for the

driving conditions. Setting the shift lever to the D position is recommended
for normal driving.

*

2

: Selecting shift ranges using S mode restricts the upper limit of the possible

gear  ranges,  controls  engine  braking  force,  and  prevents  unnecessary
upshifting.

When the shift lever is in the S position, the shift lever or paddle shift
switches (if equipped) can be operated as follows:

Upshifting
Downshifting

The  initial  shift  range  in  S  mode  is  set  automatically  to  4,  5  or  6
according to vehicle speed. However, the initial shift range may be set
to 3 if AI-SHIFT has operated while the shift lever was in the D posi-
tion. (

P. 183)

Shift position purpose

Shift position

Objective or function

P

Parking the vehicle/starting the engine

R

Reversing

N

Neutral

D

Normal driving

*

1

S

S mode driving

*

2

 (

P. 180)

Changing shift ranges in S mode

Shift lever

Paddle  shift  switches  (if
equipped)

1
2

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Shift ranges and their functions

A lower shift range will provide greater engine braking forces than a higher
shift range.

To  drive  using  temporary  shift  range  selection,  operate  the  paddle
shift switch. The shift range can then be selected by operating the “-”
and “+” paddle shift switches. Changing the shift range allows restric-
tion of the highest gear, preventing upshifting and enabling the level of
engine braking force to be selected.

Upshifting
Downshifting

The selected shift range, from 1 to
8,  or  D  will  be  displayed  on  the
multi-information display.

Meter display

Function

S2 - S8

A  gear  in  the  range  between  1  and  the  selected
gear is automatically chosen  depending  on  vehicle
speed and driving conditions

S1

Setting the gear at 1

Selecting  shift  ranges  in  the  D  position  (vehicles  with  paddle
shift switches)

1
2

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Automatic deactivation of shift range selection in the D position (vehi-
cles with paddle shift switches)
Shift range selection in the D position will be deactivated in the following situ-
ations:

The “+” paddle shift switch is held down for a period of time

When the vehicle comes to a stop

If the accelerator pedal is depressed for more than a certain period of time

When the shift lever is shifted to a position other than D

S mode

When the shift range is 7 or lower, holding the shift lever toward “+” sets the
shift range to 8.

To  prevent  the  engine  from  over-revving,  upshifting  may  automatically
occur.

To protect the automatic transmission, a function is adopted that automati-
cally selects a higher shift range when the fluid temperature is high.

Downshift restriction warning buzzer (S mode or paddle shifting)
To help ensure safety and driving performance, downshifting operation may
sometimes  be  restricted.  In  some  circumstances,  downshifting  may  not  be
possible even when the shift lever or paddle shift switches are operated. (A
buzzer will sound twice.) 

When  driving  with  dynamic  radar  cruise  control  with  full-speed  range
activated
Even when performing the following actions with the intent of enabling engine
braking, engine braking will not activate because dynamic radar cruise con-
trol with full-speed range will not be canceled.

While driving in D or S mode, downshifting to 7, 6, 5 or 4.

When switching the driving mode to sport mode while driving in the D posi-
tion. (

P. 295)

Restraining sudden start (Drive-start Control)

P. 161

Shift lock system
The shift lock system is a system to prevent accidental operation of the shift
lever in starting.
The shift lever can be shifted from P only when the engine switch is in the
IGNITION ON mode the brake pedal is depressed and the shift release but-
ton is pushed.

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If the shift lever cannot be shifted from P
First, check whether the brake pedal is being depressed. 
If the shift lever cannot be shifted even though the brake pedal is depressed
and the shift release button is pushed, there may be a problem with the shift
lock system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
The following steps may be used as an emergency measure to ensure that
the shift lever can be shifted.
Releasing the shift lock:

Set the parking brake.
Turn the engine switch off.
Depress the brake pedal.

If the S indicator does not come on or the D indicator is displayed even
after shifting the shift lever to S
This may indicate a malfunction in the automatic transmission system. Have
the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately. 
(In this situation, the transmission will operate in the same manner as when
the shift lever is in D.)

AI-SHIFT
The AI-SHIFT automatically selects the suitable gear according to driver per-
formance and driving conditions.
The AI-SHIFT automatically operates when the shift lever is in D. (Shifting the
shift lever to the S position or paddle shifting cancels the function.)

Pry the cover up with a flathead screw-
driver or equivalent tool.
To prevent damage to the cover, cover
the tip of the screwdriver with a rag.

Press  and  hold  the  shift  lock  override
button and then push the button on the
shift knob.
The shift lever can be shifted while both
buttons are pressed.

1

2

3

4

5

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WARNING

When driving on slippery road surfaces
Do not accelerate or shift gears suddenly. 
Sudden changes in engine braking may cause the vehicle to spin or skid,
resulting in an accident.

To prevent an accident when releasing the shift lock
Before pressing the shift lock override button, make sure to set the parking
brake and depress the brake pedal.
If the accelerator pedal is accidentally depressed instead of the brake pedal
when the shift lock override button is pressed and the shift lever is shifted
out  of  P,  the  vehicle  may  suddenly  start,  possibly  leading  to  an  accident
resulting in death or serious injury.

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Right turn
Lane change to the right (move
the  lever  partway  and  release
it)

The  right  hand  signals  will  flash  3
times.

Lane  change  to  the  left  (move
the  lever  partway  and  release
it)

The  left  hand  signals  will  flash  3
times.

Left turn

Turn signals can be operated when
The engine switch is in IGNITION ON mode.

If the indicator flashes faster than usual
Check that a light bulb in the front or rear turn signal lights has not burned
out.

If  the  turn  signals  stop  flashing  before  a  lane  change  has  been  per-
formed
Operate the lever again.

To discontinue flashing of the turn signals during a lane change
Operate the lever in the opposite direction.

Turn signal lever

Operating instructions

1
2

3

4

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The  parking  brake  is  set  or  released  automatically  according  to  the
shift lever operation. 
Even  when  in  automatic  mode,  the  parking  brake  can  be  set  and
released manually. (

P. 187)

Turns  automatic  mode  on
(while  the  vehicle  is  stopped,
pull and hold the parking brake
switch  until  a  message  is
shown  on  the  multi-information
display)

• When  the  shift  lever  is  moved

out  of  P,  the  parking  brake  will
be  released,  and  the  parking
brake indicator light and parking
brake light turn off.

• When  the  shift  lever  is  moved

into P, the parking brake will be
set,  and  the  parking  brake  indi-
cator  light  and  parking  brake
light turn on.

Operate  the  shift  lever  with  the
brake pedal depressed.

Turns automatic mode off (while the vehicle is stopped, press and
hold  the  parking  brake  switch  until  a  message  is  shown  on  the
multi-information display)

Operate the parking brake switch while depressing the brake pedal.

*

1

: For U.S.A.

*

2

: For Canada

Parking brake

A mode can be selected from the following modes.

Automatic mode

*

1

*

2

Parking 
brake light

1

2

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The parking brake can be set and released manually. 

Sets the parking brake

The  parking  brake  indicator  light
and parking brake light will turn on.
Pull  and  hold  the  parking  brake
switch if an emergency occurs and
it is necessary to operate the park-
ing brake while driving.

Releases the parking brake

Operate  the  parking  brake  switch
while  depressing  the  brake  pedal.
Make  sure  that  the  parking  brake
indicator light or parking brake light
turn off.

If the parking brake indicator light
and  parking  brake  light  flashes,
operate the switch again. 
(

P. 425)

*

1

: For U.S.A.

*

2

: For Canada

Manual mode

*

1

*

2

Parking 
brake light

1

2

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Parking the vehicle
P. 160

Parking brake operation

When  the  engine  switch  is  not  in  IGNITION  ON  mode,  the  parking  brake
cannot be released using the parking brake switch.

When  the  engine  switch  is  not  in  IGNITION  ON  mode,  automatic  mode
(automatic brake setting and releasing) is not available.

Automatic release function
The parking brake is automatically released when slowly depress the acceler-
ator pedal.
The parking brake will be released automatically under the following condi-
tions:

The driver’s door is closed.

The driver’s seat belt is fastened.

Shift the shift lever is in a forward or reverse position.

The malfunction indicator lamp or brake system warning light is not illumi-
nated.

If the automatic release function does not operate, manually release the park-
ing brake.

If  “Parking  Brake  Temporarily  Unavailable”  is  displayed  on  the  multi-
information display
If  the  parking  brake  is  operated  repeatedly  over  a  short  period  of  time,  the
system may restrict operation to prevent overheating. If this happens, refrain
from operating the parking brake. Normal operation will return after about 1
minute.

If “Parking Brake Unavailable” is displayed on the multi-information dis-
play
Operate the parking brake switch. If  the  message  does not disappear  after
operating the switch several times, the system may be malfunctioning. Have
the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Parking brake operation sound
When  the  parking  brake  operates,  a  motor  sound  (whirring  sound)  may  be
heard. This does not indicate a malfunction.

Parking brake indicator light and parking brake light

Depending on the engine switch mode, the parking brake indicator light and
parking brake light will turn on and stay on as described below:
IGNITION ON mode: Comes on until the parking brake is released.
Not in IGNITION ON mode: Stays on for approximately 15 seconds.

When the engine switch is turned off with the parking brake set, the parking
brake indicator light  and parking brake light will stay  on for about 15  sec-
onds. This does not indicate a malfunction.

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Parking brake engaged warning buzzer
A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven with the parking brake engaged.
“Release Parking Brake” is displayed on the multi-information display.

Warning messages and buzzers
Warning messages and buzzers are used to indicate a system malfunction or
to inform the driver of the need for caution. If a warning message is shown on
the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.

If the brake system warning light comes on
P. 423

Usage in winter time
P. 305

WARNING

When parking the vehicle
Do  not  leave  a  child  in  the  vehicle  alone.  The  parking  brake  may  be
released unintentionally and there is the danger of the vehicle moving that
may lead to an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

Parking brake switch
Do not set any objects near the parking brake switch. Objects may interfere
with the switch and may lead the parking brake to unexpectedly operate.

NOTICE

When parking the vehicle
Before you leave the vehicle, shift the shift lever to P, set the parking brake
and make sure that the vehicle does not move.

When the system malfunctions
Stop the vehicle in a safe place and check the warning messages.

When the parking brake cannot be released due to a malfunction
Driving the vehicle with the parking brake set will lead to brake components
overheating,  which  may  affect  braking  performance  and  increase  brake
wear. Contact your Toyota dealer immediately if this occurs.

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Turns the brake hold system on

The  brake  hold  standby  indicator
(green)  comes  on.  While  the  sys-
tem is holding the brake, the brake
hold  operated  indicator  (yellow)
comes on.

*

1

: Brake hold standby indicator

*

2

: Brake hold operated indicator

Brake hold system operating conditions
The brake hold system cannot be turned on in the following conditions:

The driver’s door is not closed.

The driver is not wearing the seat belt.

If  any  of  the  conditions  above  are  detected  when  the  brake  hold  system  is
enabled, the system will turn off and the brake hold standby indicator light will
go off. In addition, if any of the conditions are detected while the system is
holding the brake, a warning buzzer will sound and a message will be shown
on the multi-information display. The parking brake will then be set automati-
cally.

Brake hold function

If the brake pedal is left released for a period of about 3 minutes after the
system has started holding the brake, the parking brake will be set automat-
ically. In this case, a warning buzzer sounds and a message is shown on the
multi-information display.

To turn the system off while the system is holding the brake, firmly depress
the brake pedal and press the button again.

The brake hold function may not hold the vehicle when the vehicle is on a
steep incline. In this situation, it may be necessary for the driver to apply the
brakes. A  warning  buzzer  will  sound  and  the  multi-information  display  will
inform  the  driver  of  this  situation.  If  a  warning  message  is  shown  on  the
multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.

Brake Hold

The brake hold system keeps the brake applied when the shift
lever is in D, S or N with the system on and the brake pedal has
been  depressed  to  stop  the  vehicle.  The  system  releases  the
brake  when  the  accelerator  pedal  is  depressed  with  the  shift
lever in D or S to allow smooth start off.

*

1

*

2

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When the parking brake is set automatically while the system is holding
the brakes
Perform any of the following operations to release the parking brake.

Depress the accelerator pedal. (The parking brake will not be released auto-
matically if the seat belt is not fastened.)

Operate the parking brake switch with the brake pedal depressed.

Make sure that the parking brake indicator light goes off. (

P. 186)

When an inspection at your Toyota dealer is necessary
When the brake hold standby indicator (green) does not illuminate even when
the brake hold switch is pressed with the brake hold system operating condi-
tions met, the system may be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle inspected at
your Toyota dealer.

Warning messages and buzzers
Warning messages and buzzers are used to indicate a system malfunction or
to inform the driver of the need for caution. If a warning message is shown on
the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.

If the brake hold operated indicator flashes
P. 425

WARNING

When the vehicle is on a steep incline
When using the brake hold system on a steep incline, exercise caution. The
brake hold function may not hold the vehicle in such a situation.

When stopped on a slippery road
The system cannot stop the vehicle when the gripping ability of the tires has
been exceeded. Do not use the system when stopped on a slippery road.

NOTICE

When parking the vehicle
The brake hold system is not designed for use when parking the vehicle for
a long period of time. Turning the engine switch off while the system is hold-
ing  the  brake  may  release  the  brake,  which  would  cause  the  vehicle  to
move. When operating the engine switch, depress the brake pedal, shift the
shift lever to P and set the parking brake.

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Turning the end of the lever turns on the lights as follows:

*

1

: For U.S.A.

*

2

: For Canada

Headlight switch

The headlights can be operated manually or automatically. 

Operating instructions

*

1

*

2

The  headlights,  day-
time  running  lights
(

P.  194)  and  all  the

lights  listed  below  turn
on  and  off  automati-
cally. 
(When 

the 

engine

switch  is  in  IGNITION
ON mode)
The side marker, park-
ing,  tail,  license  plate,
instrument panel lights,
and  daytime  running
lights  (

P.  194)  turn

on.
The  headlights  and  all
the  lights  listed  above
(except  daytime  run-
ning lights) turn on. 
The  daytime  running
lights turn off. 
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P. 194)

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