AutoStick is a driver-interactive transmission that offers six manual ratio changes to provide you with more control of the vehicle. AutoStick allows you to maximize engine braking, eliminate undesirable upshifts and downshifts, and improve overall vehicle performance.

This system can also provide you with more control during passing, city driving, cold slippery conditions, mountain driving, trailer towing, and many other situations.


By placing the shift lever one shift-level below the DRIVE position, it can be moved from side to side. This allows the driver to select a higher or lower range of gears.

Moving the shift lever to the left (-) triggers a downshift and to the right (+) an upshift. The gear position will display in the instrument cluster on the transmission range indicator.

NOTE: In AutoStick mode, the transmission will only shift up or down when the driver moves the shift lever to the right (+) or left (-). AutoStick is deactivated when the shift lever is moved out of the AutoStick (+/-) position.

General Information

• You can launch the vehicle from a stop in any gear except top gear. The system will ignore attempts to upshift into top gear at too low of a vehicle speed.

(sixth for six-speed, fourth for four-speed).

• If a ratio other than first is selected, and the vehicle is brought to a stop, the transmission control logic will automatically select the first gear ratio.

• Starting out in second gear is helpful in snow or icy conditions.

• Avoid using speed control when AutoStick is engaged.

• The transmission will automatically shift up when maximum engine speed is reached while AutoStick is engaged.

• Transmission shifting will be more noticeable when AutoStick is engaged.

• If a low range is selected and the engine accelerates to the rev limit, the transmission will automatically select the next higher ratio.

• If a downshift would cause the engine to over-speed, that shift will not occur until it is safe for the engine.

• Mostly the transmission will stay in the manually selected ratio, however:

− If the system detects powertrain overheating, the transmission will revert to the automatic shift mode and remain in that mode until the powertrain cools off.

− If the system detects a problem, it will disable the AutoStick mode and the transmission will return to the automatic mode until the problem is corrected.

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