Kia Optima: Transaxle Ranges - Automatic Transaxle - Driving Your VehicleKia Optima: Transaxle Ranges

P (Park)

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into P. This position locks the transaxle and prevents the front wheels from rotating. Always come to a complete stop before shifting into this position.

WARNING WARNING

CAUTION CAUTION

The transaxle may be damaged if you shift into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion.

R (Reverse)

Use this position to drive the vehicle backward.

✽ NOTICE

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into or out of R (Reverse); you may damage the transaxle if you shift into R while the vehicle is in motion, except as explained in Rocking the Vehicle, in this manual.

N (Neutral)

With the gearshift in the N position, the wheels and transaxle are not locked. The vehicle will roll freely even if the transfer case is in gear, unless the parking brake or service brakes are applied.

D (Drive)

This is the normal forward driving position. The transaxle will automatically shift through a four-gear sequence, providing the best fuel economy and power.

For extra power when passing another vehicle or climbing grades, depress the accelerator fully, at which time the transaxle will automatically downshift to the next lower gear.

For improved engine performance, the transaxle will not shift into 4th gear until the engine coolant temperature reaches approximately 155F.

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