Toyota Yaris: Automatic Transaxle Controls / Manual Shift Mode

Toyota Yaris XP210 (2020-2021) Owner's Manual / When Driving / Transaxle / Automatic Transaxle Controls / Manual Shift Mode

The manual shift mode gives you the feel of driving a manual transaxle vehicle by allowing you to operate the selector lever manually.

This allows you to control engine rpm and torque to the drive wheels much like a manual transaxle when more control is desired.

To change to manual shift mode, shift the lever from D to M.

Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

To return to automatic shift mode, shift the lever from M to D.

Indicators

Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

  1. Manual shift mode indication

    In manual shift mode, the “M” of the shift position indication in the instrument panel illuminates.

  2. Gear position indication

    The numeral for the selected gear illuminates.

Manually shifting up

You can shift gears up by operating the shift lever.

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6

To shift up to a higher gear, tap the shift lever back + once.

Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

Manually shifting down

You can shift gears down by operating the shift lever.

M6 M5 M4 M3 M2 M1

To shift down to a lower gear, tap the selector lever forward  ̶̶  once.

Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

Second gear fixed mode

When the selector lever is moved back + while the vehicle speed is about 6.2 mph (10 km/h) or less, the transaxle is set in the second gear fixed mode. The gear is fixed in second while in this mode for easier acceleration from a stop and driving on slippery roads such as snow-covered roads. If the selector lever is moved back + or forward  ̶  while in the sec- ond gear fixed mode, the mode will be canceled.

Shift gear (shifting) speed limit

For each gear position while in the manual mode, the speed limit is set as follows: When the selector lever is operated within the range of the speed limit, the gear is shifted.

Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

  • Shift up

    The gear does not shift up while the vehicle speed is lower than the speed limit.

  • Shift down

    The gear does not shift down while the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit.

    If the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit and the gear does not shift down, the gear position indication flashes 2 times to notify the driver that the gear cannot be shifted.

  • Kickdown

    When the accelerator pedal is depressed fully while driving, the gear shifts down.

    The gear also shifts down using kickdown while in the second gear fixed mode.

  • Auto-shift down

    The gear shifts down automatically depending on the vehicle speed during deceleration.

    If the vehicle comes to a stop while in the second gear fixed mode, the gear remains in second.

Recommendations for shifting

  • Upshifting

    For normal acceleration and cruising, Toyota recommends these shift points:

    Toyota Yaris. Manual Shift Mode

    * 1: Always observe local speed limit regulations.

  • Downshifting

    When you must slow down in heavy traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift before the engine starts to overwork. This gives better acceleration when you need more speed.

    On a steep downgrade, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

Manual Shift Mode

  • Changing to manual shift mode while driving will not damage the transaxle.
  • If you change to manual shift mode when the vehicle is stopped, the gear will shift to M1.
  • If you change to manual shift mode without depressing the accelerator pedal when driving in D range, 5th gear/6th gear, the gear will shift to M4/M5.

Indicators

  • If the gears cannot be shifted down when driving at higher speeds, the gear position indication will flash twice to signal that the gears cannot be shifted down (to protect the transaxle).
  • If the automatic transaxle fluid (ATF) temperature becomes too high, there is the possibility that the transaxle will switch to automatic shift mode, canceling manual shift mode and turning off the gear position indication illumination. This is a normal function to protect the AT. After the ATF temperature has decreased, the gear position indication illumination turns back on and driving in manual shift mode is restored.

Manually shifting up

  • When driving slowly, the gears may not shift up.
  • In manual shift mode, do not run the engine with the tachometer needle in the RED ZONE. When the engine rpm is high, a gear may shift up automatically to protect the engine.
  • When depressing the accelerator fully, the transaxle will shift to a lower gear, depending on vehicle speed.

Manually shifting down

  • When driving at high speeds, the gear may not shift down.
  • During deceleration, the gear may automatically shift down depending on vehicle speed.
  • When depressing the accelerator fully, the transaxle will shift to a lower gear, depending on vehicle speed.

WARNING

Do not use engine braking on slippery road surfaces or at high speeds

Shifting down while driving on wet, snowy, or frozen roads, or while driving at high speeds causes sudden engine braking, which is dangerous. The sudden change in tire speed could cause the tires to skid. This could lead to loss of vehicle control and an accident.

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