Acura ILX Hybrid (2015 year). Instruction — page 14

uuWhen DrivinguContinuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
1Precautions While Driving
Creeping
NOTICE
The engine runs at a higher idle speed and creeping increases.
Following can damage the under spoiler:
Keep the brake pedal firmly depressed when stopped.
Parking the vehicle by a parking block
Parallel parking along the road shoulder
Kickdown
Driving towards the bottom of a hill
Driving up or down to a different surface level
Quickly depressing the accelerator pedal while driving uphill may cause the
(such as a road shoulder)
transmission to drop to a lower ratio, unexpectedly increasing vehicle speed.
Driving on a rutted or bumpy road
Depress the accelerator pedal carefully, especially on slippery roads and curves.
Driving on a road with potholes
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uuWhen DrivinguShifting
Shifting
Change the shift position in accordance with your driving needs.
1Shifting
You cannot change the power mode from ON to
Shift lever positions
VEHICLE OFF (LOCK) unless the shift lever is in P.
The vehicle may move forward very slightly even in
Park
N
while the engine is cold.
Used when parking or starting the engine
Depress the brake pedal firmly and, when necessary,
apply the parking brake.
When shifting gears in extremely low temperatures
(-22°F/-30°C), there may be a short delay before the
Reverse
shift is indicated in the display. Always confirm you
Release Button
Used when reversing
are in the correct speed position before driving.
Neutral
Used when idling
Drive
Used for:
Normal driving
Temporarily driving in the 7-speed manual
shift mode
Drive (S)
Used for:
Better acceleration
Increased engine braking
Going up or down hills
Driving in the 7-speed manual shift mode
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uuWhen DrivinguShifting
1Shift Lever Operation
Shift Lever Operation
NOTICE
When you change the shift lever from D to R and
Tachometer’s red zone
vice versa, come to a complete stop and keep the
brake pedal depressed.
Operating the shift lever before the vehicle has come
to a complete standstill can damage the transmission.
Use the shift lever position indicator to check the
Shift Lever Position Indicator
lever position before pulling away.
Whichever position the shift lever is in when driving,
a blinking D indicator indicates a transmission
M (Sequential Shift mode)
problem.
Indicator/Gear Position Indicator
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
Depress the brake pedal and press the shift lever
speed limit). If this happens, you may experience a
release button to shift.
slight jolt.
Shift without pressing the shift lever release button.
It may not be possible to operate the shift lever if the
brake pedal is applied while the shift lever release
Press the shift lever release button and shift.
button is held down.
Depress the brake pedal first.
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uuWhen DrivinguShifting
17-Speed Manual Shift Mode
7-Speed Manual Shift Mode
In the 7-speed manual shift mode, the transmission
Use the paddle shifters to change between 1st and 7th speeds without removing
shifts up or down by operating either paddle shifter
your hands from the steering wheel. The transmission switches to the 7-speed
under the following conditions:
manual shift mode when you pull a paddle shifter while driving. This mode is useful
Shift Up: The engine speed reaches the lowest
when engine braking is needed.
threshold of the higher speed position.
Shift Down: The engine speed reaches the highest
threshold of the lower speed position.
When the shift lever is in D :
The shift mode goes into the 7-speed manual shift mode temporarily, and the
When the engine speed reaches near the
number is displayed in the shift indicator.
tachometer’s red zone, the transmission shifts up
The 7-speed manual shift mode is canceled automatically if you drive at constant
automatically.
speed or accelerate, and the number in the shift indicator goes off.
When the engine speed reaches the lowest threshold
You can also cancel this mode by pulling the + paddle shifter for a few seconds.
of the selected speed position, the transmission shifts
down automatically.
The 7-speed manual shift mode is especially useful when reducing the vehicle speed
temporarily before making a turn.
Operating the paddle shifters on slippery surfaces
may cause the tires to lock up. In this case, the 7-
When the shift lever is in S :
speed manual shift mode is canceled and goes back
The shift mode goes into the 7-speed manual shift mode. The (M indicator and the
to the normal D driving mode.
speed number are displayed in the shift indicator. As the vehicle speed slows down,
the transmission automatically shifts down accordingly. When the vehicle comes to
a stop, it automatically shifts down into 1st.
If the vehicle speed increases and the engine speed reaches near the tachometer’s
red zone, the transmission automatically shifts up.
You can only pull away in 1st speed.
When canceling out of the 7-speed manual shift mode, move the shift lever from S
to D . When the 7-speed manual shift mode is cancelled, the M indicator and shift
indicator go off.
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uuWhen DrivinguShifting
17-Speed Manual Shift Mode Operation
7-Speed Manual Shift Mode Operation
Each paddle shift operation makes a single speed
change.
To change continuously, release the paddle shifter
Paddle Shifter
Paddle Shifter
before pulling it again for the next speed.
(Shift down)
(Shift up)
Recommended Shift Points
Use this table as a guideline for efficient fuel
economy and effective emission control.
Shift Up
Normal Acceleration
1 to 2
15 mph (24 km/h)
2 to 3
25 mph (40 km/h)
3 to 4
40 mph (64 km/h)
4 to 5
47 mph (76 km/h)
5 to 6
52 mph (84 km/h)
6 to 7
57 mph (92 km/h)
The shift indicator blinks when you cannot shift up or
down. It indicates that your vehicle speed is not in its
Downshifting when pulling
Upshifting when pulling
allowable shifting range. Slightly accelerate to shift
the
paddle shifter.
the
paddle shifter.
up and decelerate to shift down while the indicator is
(Changes to a lower gear)
(Changes to a higher gear)
blinking.
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uuWhen DrivinguShifting
1L Mode Operation
L Mode Operation
Use the L mode to get more engine braking in the 7-
Use this mode to get more power when climbing hills.
speed manual shift mode.
To switch to the L mode, pull and hold both paddle shifters (+ and ) at the same
time with the shift lever in S .
L is displayed in the 7-speed manual
shift mode indicator.
To cancel this mode, pull and hold both paddle shifters again, or move the shift lever
from S to D. The L indicator goes off.
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uuWhen DrivinguAuto Idle Stop
Auto Idle Stop
To help maximize fuel economy, Auto Idle Stop shuts off the engine when the
1Auto Idle Stop
vehicle comes to a stop, depending on environmental and vehicle operating
The duration of the Auto Idle Stop operation:
conditions. The AUTO STOP indicator blinks at this time.
Increases in the ECON mode, compared to when
The engine then restarts once the vehicle is
the ECON mode is off, with climate control in use.
Decreases if you operate the wiper and climate
about to move again, and the indicator goes
control simultaneously.
off.
If the driver’s door is opened while the
indicator is blinking, a buzzer sounds to notify
you that the Auto Idle Stop function is in
AUTO STOP
operation.
Indicator
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uuWhen DrivinguAuto Idle Stop
1Auto Idle Stop Activates When:
Auto Idle Stop Activates When:
The auto idle stop may also activate when the brake
The vehicle stops with the shift lever in D and the brake pedal depressed.
pedal is depressed, and the vehicle slows down to a
speed below 6 mph (10 km/h).
Auto idle stop does not activate when:
• The low temperature indicator is on.
• The IMA battery charge is low.
• The bars of the IMA motor power flow monitor do not move when accelerating
or decelerating.
• The transmission fluid temperature is low.
• The vehicle comes to a stop again before the vehicle speed reaches 9 mph
(15 km/h) after the engine starts.
• Stopped on a steep incline.
• The shift lever is in a position other than D or N.
A uto idle stop may not activate when:
• Certain ambient conditions (strong sunlight, high or low temperatures, etc.) can
prevent Auto Idle Stop from activating, even if the set temperature and the actual
interior temperature are around the same.
• The vehicle is stopped by braking suddenly.
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uuWhen DrivinguAuto Idle Stop
The Engine Automatically Restarts When:
The brake pedal is released.
The engine restarts even if the brake pedal is depressed when:
• The shift position is changed to R .
• The accelerator pedal is depressed.
• The pressure to the brake pedal is reduced and the vehicle starts moving while
stopped on an incline.
• The IMA battery charge becomes low.
• The low temperature indicator comes on.
• Ambient conditions that may differentiate the interior temperature from the set
temperature can also be the cause to start the engine.
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uuWhen DrivinguECON Button
ECON Button
The ECON button turns the ECON mode on and off.
The ECON mode helps you improve your fuel economy by adjusting the
performance of the engine, transmission, climate control system, and cruise control.
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uuWhen DrivinguCruise Control
Cruise Control
Maintains a constant vehicle speed without having to keep your foot on the
1Cruise Control
accelerator. Use cruise control on freeways or open roads where you can travel at a
3WARNING
constant speed with little acceleration or deceleration.
Improper use of the cruise control can lead
When to use
to a crash.
Vehicle speed for cruise control:
Desired speed in a range above
Always keep sufficient distance
Use the cruise control only when traveling
roughly 25 mph (40 km/h) ~
between you and the vehicle in
on open highways in good weather.
front of you.
Shift positions for cruise control:
In D or S
It may not be possible to maintain a constant speed
when driving uphill or downhill.
When not using cruise control:
How to use
Turn off cruise control by pressing the CRUISE
CRUISE MAIN is on in the
instrument panel.
button.
Cruise control is ready to use.
While in the ECON mode, it may take relatively more
Press the CRUISE button on
time to accelerate to maintain the set speed.
the steering wheel.
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uuWhen DrivinguCruise Control
To Set the Vehicle Speed
DECEL/SET Button
On
Press and release
On
On when cruise control begins.
Take your foot off the pedal and press the DECEL/SET button when you reach the
desired speed.
The moment you release the DECEL/SET button, the set speed is fixed, and cruise
control begins. The CRUISE CONTROL indicator comes on.
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uuWhen DrivinguCruise Control
1To Adjust the Vehicle Speed
To Adjust the Vehicle Speed
You can set the vehicle speed using the DECEL/SET
Increase or decrease the vehicle speed using the RES/ACCEL or DECEL/SET buttons
button on the steering wheel when adjusting the
on the steering wheel.
speed with the accelerator and brake pedals.
To increase speed
To decrease speed
• Each time you press the button, the vehicle speed is increased or decreased by
about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
• If you keep the button pressed, the vehicle speed increased or decreased by about
10 mph (16 km/h).
1To Cancel
To Cancel
Resuming the prior set speed:
To cancel cruise control, do any of the
After cruise control has been canceled, you can still
CRUISE Button
resume the prior set speed by pressing the RES/
following:
ACCEL button while driving at a speed of at least 25
• Press the CANCEL button.
mph (40 km/h) or more.
• Press the CRUISE button.
• Depress the brake pedal.
You cannot set or resume in the following situations:
The CRUISE CONTROL indicator goes off.
When vehicle speed is less than 25 mph (40 km/h)
When the CRUISE button is turned off
CANCEL Button
At vehicle speeds of 22 mph (35 km/h) or less, cruise
control is canceled automatically.
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uuWhen DrivinguVehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic
Stability Control (ESC), System
1Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control
(ESC), System
VSA® helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle turns more or less
The VSA® may not function properly if tire type and
than what was intended. It also assists in maintaining traction on slippery surfaces.
size are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and
It does so by regulating engine output and selectively applying the brakes.
type of tire, and the air pressures as specified.
VSA® Operation
When the VSA® indicator comes on and stays on
while driving, there may be a problem with the
When VSA® activates, you may notice that the
system. While this may not interfere with normal
engine does not respond to the accelerator.
driving, have your vehicle checked by a dealer
You may also notice some noise from the
immediately.
hydraulic system. You will also see the
indicator blink.
VSA® cannot enhance stability in all driving situations
and does not control the entire braking system. You
still need to drive and corner at speeds appropriate
for the conditions and always leave a sufficient
VSA® System
margin of safety.
Indicator
The main function of the VSA® system is generally
known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The
system also includes a traction control function.
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uuWhen DrivinguVehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System
1Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control
VSA® On and Off
(ESC), System
This button is on the driver side control panel.
VSA® OFF Indicator
Without VSA®, your vehicle will have normal braking
To turn the VSA® system on and off, press and
and cornering ability, but it will not have VSA®
hold it until you hear a beep.
traction and stability enhancement.
VSA® will stop and the indicator will come on.
In certain unusual conditions when your vehicle gets
stuck in shallow mud or fresh snow, it may be easier
to free it with the VSA® temporarily switched off.
To turn it on again, press the
(VSA® OFF)
button until you hear a beep.
When the VSA® system is off, the traction control
system is also off. You should only attempt to free
VSA® is turned on every time you start the
your vehicle with the VSA® off if you are not able to
engine, even if you turned it off the last time
free it when the VSA® is on.
you drove the vehicle.
Immediately after freeing your vehicle, be sure to
switch VSA® on again. We do not recommend driving
your vehicle with the VSA® and traction control
systems switched off.
If the low tire pressure/TPMS indicator comes on or
blinks, the VSA® system comes on automatically. In
this case, you cannot turn the system off by pressing
the button.
You may hear a motor sound coming from the
engine compartment while system checks are being
performed immediately after starting the engine or
while driving. This is normal.
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uuWhen DrivinguTire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
U.S. models only
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
1Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Monitors the tire pressure while you are
Conditions such as low ambient temperature and
driving. If your vehicle’s tire pressure becomes
altitude change directly affect tire pressure and can
significantly low, the low tire pressure/TPMS
trigger the low tire pressure/TPMS indicator to come
indicator comes on and a message appears on
on.
2 If the Low Tire Pressure/TPMS Indicator
the multi-information display.
Comes On or Blinks P. 340
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE is displayed when a
Tire pressure checked and inflated in:
tire has significantly low pressure.
Warm weather can become under-inflated in
colder weather.
Cold weather can become over-inflated in warmer
weather.
The low tire pressure/TPMS indicator will not come
on as a result of over inflation.
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uuWhen DrivinguTire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) — Required Federal Explanation
U.S. models
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) — Required
Federal Explanation
Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked
monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure
recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard
or tire inflation pressure label.
(If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size indicated
on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label, you should
determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those tires.)
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with
a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that illuminates a low
tire pressure telltale
when one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated.
Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you
should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and inflate
them to the proper pressure.
Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces
fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle’s
handling and stopping ability.
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