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Toyota Highlander Owners Manual: Selecting shift ranges in the s position

Toyota Highlander Owners Manual / Driving / Driving procedures / Automatic transmission / Selecting shift ranges in the s position

To enter s mode, shift the shift lever to s. Shift ranges can be selected by operating the shift lever, allowing you to drive in the shift range of your choosing. The shift range can be selected by the shift lever.

  1. Upshifting
  2. Downshifting

Toyota Highlander. Selecting shift ranges in the s position


The selected shift range, from 1 to 6, will be displayed on the multIInformation display.

The initial shift range in s mode is set automatically to 5 or 4 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 d.

*1: Vehicles with monochrome display *2: vehicles with color display

Shift ranges and their functions

Message displays

Message illustrations used in this section are intended as examples, and may differ from the image that is actually displayed on the multi-information display.

S mode

Downshifting restrictions warning buzzer

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 is operated. (A buzzer will sound twice.)

Snow mode automatic deactivation

Snow mode is automatically deactivated if the engine is turned off after driving in snow mode.

When driving with cruise control or dynamic radar cruise control activated

Even when performing the following actions with the intent of enabling engine braking, engine braking will not activate while driving in s mode and downshifting to 5 or 4 because cruise control or dynamic radar cruise control will not be canceled.

If the shift lever cannot be shifted from p  

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.)

If the automatic transmission fluid temperature warning message is displayed

If the automatic transmission fluid temperature warning message is displayed while driving, make sure to return to d position driving and reduce speed by easing off the accelerator pedal. Stop the vehicle in a safe place, shift the shift lever to p and let the engine idle until the warning message goes out.

Toyota Highlander. If the automatic transmission fluid temperature warning message is displayed


When the warning message goes out, the vehicle can be driven again.

If the warning message does not go out after waiting a while, have your vehicle inspected by your toyota dealer.

Ai-shift

The ai-shift automatically selects the suitable gear according to driver performance and driving conditions.

The ai-shift automatically operates when the shift lever is in d. (Shifting the shift lever to s cancels the function.)

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.

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