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2019 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Continuously Variable Transmission*

uuWhen DrivinguContinuously Variable Transmission*  
Continuously Variable Transmission*  
Creeping  
The engine runs at a higher idle speed and creeping increases.  
Keep the brake pedal firmly depressed when stopped.  
Kickdown  
Quickly depressing the accelerator pedal while driving uphill may cause the  
transmission to drop to a lower ratio, unexpectedly increasing vehicle speed.  
Depress the accelerator pedal carefully, especially on slippery roads and curves.  
* Not available on all models  
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Continuously variable transmission models  
Shifting  
1Shifting  
You cannot turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0*1  
and remove the key unless the shift lever is in (P.  
Change the shift position in accordance with your driving needs.  
Shift lever positions  
The vehicle may move very slightly even in (N while  
the engine is cold.  
Depress the brake pedal firmly and, when necessary,  
apply the parking brake.  
Park  
Used when parking or starting the engine  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an  
ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an ignition  
switch.  
Reverse  
Used when reversing  
Neutral  
Transmission is not locked  
Drive  
Used:  
For normal driving  
When temporarily driving in the 7-speed  
manual shift mode  
Drive (S)  
Used:  
Release Button  
For better acceleration  
To increase engine braking  
When going up or down hills  
When driving in the 7-speed manual  
shift mode  
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1Shift Lever Operation  
Shift Lever Operation  
NOTICE  
When you change the shift lever from (D to (R and  
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.  
Tachometer’s red zone  
Shift Indicator  
Use the shift lever position indicator to check the  
lever position before pulling away.  
M (7-Speed Manual Shift Mode)  
Indicator  
Shift Lever Position Indicator  
(Transmission System Indicator)  
Whichever position the shift lever is in when driving,  
blinking transmission system indicator indicates a  
transmission problem.  
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  
speed limit). If this happens, you may experience a  
slight jolt.  
Depress the brake pedal and press the  
shift lever release button to shift.  
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  
button is held down.  
Press the shift lever release button  
and shift.  
Depress the brake pedal first.  
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17-Speed Manual Shift Mode  
7-Speed Manual Shift Mode  
To improve fuel economy, the transmission may shift  
up to a higher speed than the seventh under certain  
circumstances. In this case, the number in the shift  
indicator remains as 7.  
Use the paddle shifters to change between 1st and 7th speeds without releasing  
your hands from the steering wheel. The transmission switches to the 7-speed  
manual shift mode when you pull a paddle shifter while driving. This mode is useful  
when engine braking is needed.  
In the 7-speed manual shift mode, the transmission  
shifts up or down by operating either paddle shifter  
under the following conditions:  
Shift Up: The engine speed reaches the lowest  
threshold of the higher speed position.  
When the shift lever is in (D:  
The shift mode goes into the 7-speed manual shift mode temporarily, and the  
number is displayed in the shift indicator.  
The 7-speed manual shift mode is cancelled automatically if you drive at constant  
speed, and the number in the shift indicator goes off.  
Shift Down: The engine speed reaches the highest  
threshold of the lower speed position.  
You can cancel this mode by pulling the (+ paddle shifter for a few seconds.  
The 7-speed manual shift mode is especially useful when reducing the vehicle speed  
temporarily before making a turn.  
When the engine speed reaches near the  
tachometer’s red zone, the transmission shifts up  
automatically.  
When the engine speed reaches the lowest threshold  
of the selected speed position, the transmission shifts  
down automatically.  
When the shift lever is in (S:  
The shift mode goes into the 7-speed manual shift mode. The M indicator and the  
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.  
Operating the paddle shifters on slippery surfaces  
may cause the tyres to lock up. In this case, the 7-  
speed manual shift mode is cancelled and goes back  
to the normal (D driving mode.  
You can cancel this mode by pulling the (+ paddle shifter for a few seconds.  
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 cancelling 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 will turn off.  
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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  
before pulling it again for the next speed.  
(- Paddle Shifter  
(Shift down)  
(+ Paddle Shifter  
(Shift up)  
The shift indicator blinks when you cannot shift up or  
down. It indicates that your vehicle speed is not in its  
allowable shifting range.  
Slightly accelerate to shift up and decelerate to shift  
down while the indicator is blinking.  
Downshifting when  
pulling the (- paddle  
shifter  
Upshifting when  
pulling the (+ paddle  
shifter  
(Changes to a lower  
speed number)  
(Changes to a higher  
speed number)  
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1Shift Up Indicator  
Shift Up Indicator  
Comes on while the vehicle is in the 7-speed  
manual shift mode to indicate when shifting is  
appropriate to maintain the most fuel efficient  
driving style.  
3WARNING  
The shift indicator is only a guide to help  
you achieve better fuel economy.  
Never refer to the Shift Indicators when  
road and traffic conditions are unsuitable  
or when it may distract you.  
The shift up indicator: Comes on when  
upshifting is recommended.  
This indicator will not prompt you to downshift to  
increase engine braking. It is up to you to downshift  
to increase engine braking when driving downhill.  
Always shift down at the appropriate vehicle speed.  
Ambient meter colour may change if you do not shift  
up or down when a shift indicator illuminates. This  
can result in a change in fuel economy.  
Road and traffic conditions may require you to shift  
at times other than those indicated.  
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