Driving the vehicle

The following procedures should be observed to ensure safe driving.

- Starting the engine
- Driving
the shift lever toWith the brake pedal depressed, shift the shift lever to “D”.

Gradually release the brake pedalRelease the parking brake.

and gently push theGradually release the brake pedal and gently push the accelerator pedal to accelerate the vehicle.

- Stopping

the brake pedal.With the shift lever in “D”, push the brake pedal.

brake. If necessary, set the parking brake.

When the vehicle is stopped for an extended period of time, shift the shift lever to “P” or “N”.

- Parking the vehicle

the brake pedal.With the shift lever in “D”, push the brake pedal.

Shift the shift lever to “P”. WhenSet the parking brake.

parking on a hill, if necessary, block the wheels.Shift the shift lever to “P”. When parking on a hill, if necessary, block the wheels.

switch to stop thePress the “ENGINE START STOP” switch to stop the engine.

Starting on a steep uphill

shift the shift lever to “D”.Firmly set the parking brake and shift the shift lever to “D”.

pedal.Gently depress the accelerator pedal.

- Driving in the rainRelease the parking brake.

- Driving in the rain
l Drive carefully when it is raining, because visibility will be reduced, the windows may become fogged-up, and the road will be slippery.
l Drive carefully when it starts to rain, because the road surface will be especially slippery.
l Refrain from high speeds when driving on an expressway in the rain, because there may be a layer of water between the tires and the road sur- face, preventing the steering and brakes from operating properly.

- Engine speed while driving
In the following conditions, the engine speed may become high while driv- ing. This is due to automatic up-shifting control or down-shifting implemen- tation to meet driving conditions. It does not indicate sudden acceleration.

l The vehicle is judged to be driving uphill or downhill
l When the accelerator pedal is released - Breaking in your new Lexus
To extend the life of the vehicle, the following precautions are recom- mended to observe: l For the first 200 miles (300 km): Avoid sudden stops.

l For the first 500 miles (800 km): Do not tow a trailer.

l For the first 1000 miles (1600 km): • Do not drive at extremely high speeds.
• Avoid sudden acceleration.
• Do not drive continuously in the low gears.
• Do not drive at a constant speed for extended periods.

- Drum-in-disc type parking brake system
Your vehicle has a drum-in-disc type parking brake system.

This type of brake system needs bedding-down of the brake shoes periodi- cally or whenever the parking brake shoes and/or drums are replaced.

Have your Lexus dealer perform the bedding-down.

- Operating your vehicle in a foreign country
Comply with the relevant vehicle registration laws and confirm the avail- ability of the correct fuel.

- Eco Driving Indicator

1 Eco Driving Indicator Light

1 Eco Driving Indicator Light
During Eco-friendly acceleration (Eco driving), Eco Driving Indicator Light will turn on.

2 Eco Driving Indicator Zone Display
Suggests Zone of Eco driving with current Eco driving ratio based on acceleration.

3 Zone of Eco driving 4Eco driving ratio based on acceleration  If the vehicle exceeds Zone of Eco
driving, the right side of Eco Driving Indicator Zone Display will blink and Eco Driving Indicator Light will turn off.

Eco Driving Indicator Light will not operate in the following conditions: l The shift lever is in anything other than “D”.
l The vehicle is set to second start mode or power mode.
l The vehicle speed is approximately 81 mph (130 km/h) or higher.
l The Crawl Control is operating.

CAUTION

- When starting the vehicle
Always keep your foot on the brake pedal while stopped with the engine running. This prevents the vehicle from creeping.

- When driving the vehicle
l Do not drive if you are unfamiliar with the location of the brake and accel- erator pedals to avoid depressing the wrong pedal.
• Accidentally depressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal will result in sudden acceleration that may lead to an accident that could result in death or serious injury.
• When backing up, you may twist your body around, leading to a diffi- culty in operating the pedals. Make sure to operate the pedals properly.
• Make sure to keep a correct driving posture even when moving the vehicle only slightly, allowing you to depress the brake and accelerator pedals properly.
• Depress the brake pedal using your right foot. Depressing the brake pedal using your left foot may delay response in an emergency, result- ing in an accident.

l Do not drive the vehicle over or stop the vehicle near flammable materi- als.
The exhaust system and exhaust gases can be extremely hot. This may cause a fire if there is any flammable material nearby.

l Do not let the vehicle roll backwards while the shift lever is in a driving position, or roll forward while the shift lever is in “R”.
Doing so may cause the engine to stall or lead to poor brake and steering performance, resulting in an accident or damage to the vehicle.

l If the smell of exhaust is noticed inside the vehicle, open the windows and check that the back door is closed.
Large amounts of exhaust in the vehicle can cause driver drowsiness and an accident, resulting in death or a serious health hazard. Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

l Do not shift the shift lever to “P” while the vehicle is moving.
Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.

l Do not shift the shift lever to “R” while the vehicle is moving forward.
Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.

l Do not shift the shift lever to “D” while the vehicle is moving backward.
Doing so can damage the transmission and may result in a loss of vehicle control.

l Moving the shift lever to “N” while the vehicle is moving will disengage the engine from the transmission. Engine braking is not available when “N” is selected.
l During normal driving, do not turn off the engine. 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.
However, in the event of an emergency, such as if it becomes impossible to stop the vehicle in the normal way: l Use engine braking (downshift) to maintain a safe speed when driving down a steep hill.
Using the brakes continuously may cause the brakes to overheat and lose effectiveness.

CAUTION

l When stopped on an inclined surface, use the brake pedal and parking brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward or forward and causing an accident.
l Do not adjust the position of the steering wheel, the seat, or the inside or outside rear view mirrors while driving.
Doing so may result in a loss of vehicle control that can cause accidents that may result in death or serious injury.

l Always check that all passengers’ arms, heads or other parts of their bod- ies are not outside the vehicle, as this may result in death or serious injury.
l Do not drive in excess of the speed limit. Even if the legal speed limit per- mits it, do not drive over 85 mph (140 km/h) unless your vehicle has high- speed capability tires. Driving over 85 mph (140 km/h) may result in tire failure, loss of control and possible injury. Be sure to consult a tire dealer to determine whether the tires on your vehicle are high-speed capability tires or not before driving at such speeds.
l When crossing rivers, turn off height control after putting the vehicle height in high mode, and drive at 18 mph (30 km/h) or less. Otherwise the vehicle height may change due to the automatic leveling function, result- ing in an accident.

- When driving on slippery road surfaces
l Sudden braking, acceleration and steering may cause tire slippage and reduce your ability to control the vehicle, resulting in an accident.
l Sudden acceleration, engine braking due to shift changing, or changes in engine speed could cause the vehicle to skid, resulting in an accident.
l After driving through a puddle, lightly depress the brake pedal to make sure that the brakes are functioning properly. Wet brake pads may prevent the brakes from functioning properly. If the brakes on only one side are wet and not functioning properly, steering control may be affected, result- ing in an accident.

CAUTION

- When shifting the shift lever
Be careful not to shift the shift lever with the accelerator pedal depressed.

This may lead to unexpected rapid acceleration of the vehicle that may cause an accident and result in death or serious injury.

- If you hear a squealing or scraping noise (brake pad wear limit indicators)
Have your Lexus dealer check and replace the brake pads as soon as possi- ble.

The rotor damage can result if the pads are not replaced when needed.

It is dangerous to drive the vehicle when the wear limits of the brake pads and/or that of the brake discs are exceeded.

- When the vehicle is stopped
l Do not race the engine.
If the vehicle is in any gear other than “P” or “N”, the vehicle may accel- erate suddenly and unexpectedly, and may cause an accident.

l Do not leave the vehicle with the engine running for a long time.
If such a situation cannot be avoided, park the vehicle in an open space and check that exhaust fumes do not enter the vehicle interior.

l In order to prevent accidents due to the vehicle rolling away, always keep depressing the brake pedal while the engine is running, and apply the parking brake as necessary.
l If the vehicle is stopped on an incline, in order to prevent accidents caused by the vehicle rolling forward or backward, always depress the brake pedal and securely apply the parking brake as needed.
l Avoid revving or racing the engine.
Running the engine at high speed while the vehicle is stopped may cause the exhaust system to overheat, which could result in a fire if combustible material is nearby.

- When the vehicle is parked
l Do not leave glasses, cigarette lighters, spray cans, or soft drink cans in the vehicle when it is in the sun.
Failure to do so may result in the following: • Gas may leak from a cigarette lighter or spray can, and may lead to a fire.
• The temperature inside the vehicle may cause the plastic lenses and plastic material of eye glasses to deform or crack.
• Soft drink cans may fracture, causing the contents to spray over the interior of the vehicle, and may also cause a short circuit in the vehi- cle’s electrical components.

l Always apply the parking brake, shift the shift lever to “P”, stop the engine and lock the vehicle.
Do not leave the vehicle unattended while the engine is running.

l If the shift lever is moved before the low speed four-wheel drive indicator turns on/off, the transfer mode may not be shifted completely. The transfer mode disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain and allows the vehicle to move regardless of the shift position. (At this time, the indicator blinks and the buzzer sounds.)
Therefore, the vehicle is free to roll even if the automatic transmission is in “P”. You or someone else could be seriously injured. You must com- plete the shifting of the transfer mode.

l Do not touch the exhaust pipe while the engine is running or immediately after turning the engine off.
Doing so may cause burns.

l Do not leave the engine running in an area with snow build up, or where it is snowing. If snowbanks build up around the vehicle while the engine is running, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle. This may lead to death or a serious health hazard.

CAUTION

- Exhaust gases
Exhaust gases include harmful carbon monoxide (CO) that is colorless and odorless. Inhaling exhaust gases may lead to death or a serious health haz- ard.

l If the vehicle is in a poorly ventilated area, stop the engine. In a closed area, such as a garage, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle.

This may lead to death or a serious health hazard.
l The exhaust should be checked occasionally. If there is a hole or crack caused by corrosion, damage to a joint or abnormal exhaust noise, be sure to have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your Lexus dealer. Failure to do so may allow exhaust gases to enter the vehicle, resulting in death or a serious health hazard.

- When taking a nap in the vehicle
Always turn the engine off.

Otherwise, you may accidentally move the shift lever or depress the acceler- ator pedal, which could cause an accident or fire due to abnormal engine overheating. Additionally, if the vehicle is parked in a poorly ventilated area, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle, leading to death or a serious health hazard.

- When braking the vehicle
l When the brakes are wet, drive more cautiously.
Braking distance increases when the brakes are wet, and may cause one side of the vehicle to brake differently than the other side. Also the park- ing brake may not securely hold the vehicle.

l If the power brake assist function does not operate, do not follow other vehicles closely and avoid downhills or sharp turns that require braking.

In this case, braking is still possible, but it will require more force on the pedal than usual. Braking distance may also increase.
l Do not pump the brake pedal if the engine stalls.
Each push on the pedal uses up the reserve for the power-assisted brakes.

l The brake system consists of 2 individual hydraulic systems: If one of the systems fails, the other will still operate. In this case, the brake pedal should be depressed more firmly than usual and braking distance becomes longer.
Do not drive your vehicle with only a single brake system. Have your brakes fixed immediately.

NOTICE

- When driving the vehicle
l Do not depress the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time during driving. If the brake pedal is depressed while driving with the accelerator pedal depressed, driving torque may be restrained.
l Do not use the accelerator pedal or depress accelerator and brake pedals together to hold the vehicle on a hill.

- When parking the vehicle
Always put the shift lever in “P”. Failure to do so may cause the vehicle to move or the vehicle may accelerate suddenly if the accelerator pedal is acci- dentally depressed.

- Avoiding damage to vehicle parts
l Do not turn the steering wheel fully in either direction and hold it there for a long time.
Doing so may damage the power steering pump.

l When driving over bumps in the road, drive as slowly as possible to avoid damaging the wheels, underside of the vehicle, etc.

NOTICE

- If you get a flat tire while driving
A flat or damaged tire may cause the following situations. Hold the steering wheel firmly and gradually press the brake pedal to slow down the vehicle.

l It may be difficult to control your vehicle.
l The vehicle will make abnormal sounds.
l The vehicle will behave abnormally.

Replace a flat tire with a new one. - When encountering flooded roads
Do not drive on a road that has flooded after heavy rain etc. Doing so may cause the following serious damage to the vehicle.

l Engine stalling
l Short in electrical components
l Engine damage caused by water immersion
In the event that you drive on a flooded road and the vehicle is flooded, be sure to have your Lexus dealer check the following.

l Brake function
l Changes in quantity and quality of oil and fluid used for the engine, trans- mission, transfer, differentials, etc.
l Lubricant condition for the propeller shaft, bearings and suspension joints (where possible) and the function of all joints, bearings, etc.

Performing the following operations when carrying the electronic key on your person starts the engine or changes “ENGINE START STOP” switch modes.

- Starting the engine

set.Check that the parking brake is set.

in “P”.Check that the shift lever is set in “P”.

firmly depress the brake pedal.Sit in the driver’s seat and firmly depress the brake pedal.

The “ENGINE START STOP” switch indicator turns green.

Press the “ENGINE START

Press the “ENGINE START STOP” switch.

The engine can be started from any “ENGINE START STOP” switch mode.

Continue depressing the brake pedal until the engine is completely started. The engine will crank until it starts or for up to 30 seconds.

- Changing “ENGINE START STOP” switch mode
Modes can be changed by pressing the “ENGINE START STOP” switch with the brake pedal released. (The mode changes each time the switch is pressed.)

1 OFF*

1 OFF*
Emergency flashers can be used.

2 ACCESSORY mode
Some electrical components such as the audio system can be used.

The “ENGINE START STOP” switch indicator turns amber.

3 IGNITION ON mode
All electrical components can be used.

The “ENGINE START STOP” switch indicator turns amber.

*: If the shift lever is in a position other than “P” when turning off the engine, the “ENGINE START STOP” switch will be turned to

- Operation of the “ENGINE START STOP” switch
When operating the “ENGINE START STOP” switch, one short, firm press is enough. If the switch is pressed improperly, the engine may not start or the “ENGINE START STOP” switch mode may not change. It is not neces- sary to press and hold the switch.

- When the steering lock cannot be released

The green indicator light on the

The green indicator light on the “ENGINE START STOP” switch will flash and a message will be shown on the multi-information display. Press the “ENGINE START STOP” switch again while turning the steering wheel left and right.

- If the engine does not start
The engine immobilizer system may not have been deactivated.

Contact your Lexus dealer.

- When the “ENGINE START STOP” switch indicator flashes in amber
The system may be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

- Auto power off function
If the vehicle is left in ACCESSORY mode for more than an hour with the shift lever in “P”, the “ENGINE START STOP” switch will automatically turn off.

- Electronic key battery depletion
- When the electronic key battery is discharged
- Conditions affecting operation
- Note for the entry function

CAUTION

- When starting the engine
Always start the engine while sitting in the driver’s seat. Do not depress the accelerator while starting the engine under any circumstances.

Doing so may cause 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 START STOP” switch for more than 3 sec- onds, or press it briefly 3 times or more in succession.

However, do not touch the “ENGINE START STOP” switch while driving except in an emergency. 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.

NOTICE

- To prevent battery discharge
Do not leave the “ENGINE START STOP” switch in ACCESSORY or IGNITION ON mode for long periods without the engine running.

- When starting the engine
l Do not race a cold engine.
l If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have your vehi- cle checked by your Lexus dealer immediately.

- Symptoms indicating a malfunction with the “ENGINE START STOP” switch
If the “ENGINE START STOP” seems to be operating somewhat differ- ently than usual, such as the switch sticking slightly, there may be a mal- function. Contact your Lexus dealer immediately.

Select a shift position appropriate for the driving conditions.

- Shifting the shift lever

While the “ENGINE START STOP”

switch is in IGNI- While the “ENGINE START STOP” switch is in IGNI- TION ON mode, depress the brake pedal and move the

- Shift position uses

*1:Shifting to the “D” position allows the system to select a gear suit-

*1:Shifting to the “D” position allows the system to select a gear suit- able 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 forces, and prevents unnecessary upshifting.

- Selecting a driving mode
The following patterns can be selected to suit current driving and operating conditions.

1 Power mode

1 Power mode
For powerful acceleration and driving in mountainous regions.

2 Normal mode
3 Second start mode

For starting on slippery road surfaces, such as on snow.

Press “2nd” to return to nor- mal mode

Changing shift ranges in “S” mode

Shift the shift lever to the “S” position and operate the shift lever.

1 Upshifting

1 Upshifting
2 Downshifting

The initial shift range in “S” mode is automatically set to “5” or “4” according to the vehicle’s speed. However, the initial shift range may be set to “3” or “2” if the AI-SHIFT has operated while the shift lever was in the “D” position.

Shift ranges and their functions
l Automatically selecting gears between 1 and 6 according to vehicle speed and driving conditions. But, the gear is limited according to selected shift range.
l You can choose from 6 levels of engine braking force.
l A lower shift range will provide greater engine braking force than a higher shift range, and the engine revolutions will also increase.

- “S” mode
l When the shift range is “5” or lower, holding the shift lever toward “+” sets the shift range to “6”.
l To prevent excessive engine speed, a function was adopted that automat- ically selects a higher shift range before the engine speed becomes too high.
l To protect the automatic transmission, a function is adopted that auto- matically selects a higher shift range when the fluid temperature is high.

- Downshifting restrictions warning buzzer (in the “S” mode)
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. (The warning buzzer will sound twice.) - When driving with the cruise control or radar cruise control activated
Even when performing the following actions with the intent of enabling engine braking, engine braking will not activate because cruise control or radar cruise control will not be canceled.

l While driving in “S” mode, downshifting to “5” or “4”.
l When switching the driving mode to power mode while driving in “D” position.

- Second start mode automatic deactivation
Second start mode is automatically deactivated if the engine is turned off after driving in second start mode.

- If the shift lever cannot be shifted from “P”
- If the “S” indicator does not come on even after shifting the shift lever to “S”
This may indicate a malfunction in the automatic transmission system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

(In this situation, the vehicle will operate as if the shift lever is in “D”.) - AI-SHIFT
The AI-SHIFT automatically shifts the gear to the suitable position accord- ing to the driver performance and driving conditions.

The AI-SHIFT automatically operates when the shift lever is in the “D” position. (Shifting the shift lever to the “S” position cancels the function.)

1 Right turn

1 Right turn
2 Left turn
3 Lane change to the right (move the lever partway and then release it)

The right hand signals will flash 3 times.

4 Lane change to the left

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

The right hand signals will flash 3 times.

- Turn signals can be operated when
The “ENGINE START STOP” switch is in IGNITION ON mode.

- If the indicators flash 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 performed
Operate the lever again.

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

- Customization
The number of times the turn signals flash during a lane change can be changed.

1 Sets the parking brake

1 Sets the parking brake
Fully set the parking brake while depressing the brake pedal.

2 Releases the parking brake
Slightly raise the lever and lower it completely while pressing the button.

- Usage in winter time

NOTICE

- Before driving
Fully release the parking brake.

Driving the vehicle with the parking brake set will lead to brake components overheating, which may affect braking performance and increase brake wear.

To sound the horn, press on

To sound the horn, press on or close to the Instrument cluster mark.

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