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XENON HEADLIGHTS (if so
●When xenon headlights are on, they
produce a high voltage. To prevent an
electric shock, never attempt to modify
or disassemble. Always have your xe-
non headlights replaced at a NISSAN
● Xenon headlights provide considerably
more light than conventional head-
lights. If they are not correctly aimed,
they might temporarily blind an oncom-
ing driver or the driver ahead of you and
cause a serious accident. If headlights
are not aimed correctly, immediately
take your vehicle to a NISSAN dealer
and have the headlights adjusted
When the xenon headlight is initially turned on, its
brightness or color varies slightly. However, the
color and brightness will soon stabilize. ●
The life of xenon headlights will be
shortened by frequent on-off opera-
tion. It is generally desirable not to turn
off the headlights for short intervals
(for example, when the vehicle stops at
a traffic signal) . Even when the daytime
running lights are active (Canada only) ,
the xenon headlights do not turn on.
This way the life of the xenon head-
lights is not reduced.
● If the xenon headlight bulb is close to
burning out, the brightness will drasti-
cally decrease, the light will start blink-
ing, or the color of the light will be-
come reddish. If one or more of the
above signs appear, contact a NISSAN
HEADLIGHT AND TURN SIGNAL
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HEADLIGHT CONTROL SWITCH
1When turning the switch to theposi-
tion, the front parking, tail, license plate and
instrument panel lights come on.
2When turning the switch to theposi-
tion, the headlights come on and all the other
lights remain on.
Use the headlights with the engine run-
ning to avoid discharging the vehicle
Autolight system (if so equipped)
The autolight system allows the headlights to turn
on and off automatically. The autolight system
● Turn on the headlights, front parking, tail,
license plate and instrument panel lights au-
tomatically when it is dark.
● Turn off all the lights when it is light.
● Keep all the lights on for a period of time after
you place the ignition switch in the OFF
position and all doors are closed.
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Autolight activation sensitivity and the
time delay for autolight shutoff can be ad-
justed. See “Vehicle information display” in
To turn on the autolight system:1. Turn the headlight switch to the AUTO posi- tion
2. Turn the ignition switch to ON.
3. The autolight system automatically turns the headlights on and off.
Initially, if the ignition switch is turned OFF and a
door is opened and left open, the headlights
remain ON for a period of time. If another door is
opened while the headlights are on, then the
timer is reset.
To turn the autolight system off, turn the switch to
,orposition. Be sure you do not put anything on top of
the autolight sensor located in the top side
of the instrument panel. The autolight sen-
sor controls the autolight; if it is covered,
the autolight sensor reacts as if it is dark
out and the headlights will illuminate. If
this occurs while parked with the engine
off and the ignition switch placed in the ON
position, your vehicle’s battery could be-
Headlight beam select
1To select the high beam function, push the
lever forward. The high beam lights come on
2Pull the lever back to select the low beam.
3Pulling and releasing the lever flashes the
headlight high beams on and off.
Battery saver system
If the ignition switch is placed in the OFF position
while the headlight switch is in the
orposition, the headlights will turn off after
a period of time.
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Even though the battery saver feature au-
tomatically turns off the headlights after a
period of time, you should turn the head-
light switch to the OFF position when the
engine is not running to avoid discharging
the vehicle battery.
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT SYSTEM
The headlights automatically illuminate at a re-
duced intensity when the engine is started with
the parking brake released. The daytime running
lights operate with the headlight switch in the
OFF position or in the
position. Turn the
headlight switch to the
position for full
illumination when driving at night.
If the parking brake is applied before the engine is
started, the daytime running lights do not illumi-
nate. The daytime running lights illuminate when
the parking brake is released. The daytime run-
ning lights will remain on until the ignition switch
is placed in the OFF position.
When the daytime running light system is
active, tail lights on your vehicle are not
on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on your
headlights. Failure to do so could cause
an accident injuring yourself and others.
Push the “+” buttonAto increase the bright-
ness of instrument panel lights when driving at
Push the “-” button
Bto decrease the bright-
ness of instrument panel lights when driving at
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TURN SIGNAL SWITCH
1Move the lever up or down to signal the
turning direction. When the turn is com-
pleted, the turn signals cancel automatically.
Lane change signal
2To signal a lane change, move the lever up or
down to the point where the indicator light
begins to flash, but the lever does not latch.
The turn signal will flash three times automati-
FOG LIGHT SWITCH (if so equipped)
To turn the fog lights on, turn the headlight switch
position, then turn the fog light
switch to the
To turn the fog lights on with the headlight switch in
the AUTO position, the headlights must be on, then
turn the fog light switch to the
To turn the fog lights off, turn the fog light switch
to the OFF position.
The headlights must be on and the low beams
selected for the fog lights to operate. The fog
lights automatically turn off when the high beam
headlights are selected. To sound the horn, push near the horn icon of the
Do not disassemble the horn. Doing so
could affect proper operation of the
supplemental front air bag system. Tam-
pering with the supplemental front air bag
system may result in serious personal
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The front seats are warmed by built-in heaters.1. Start the engine.
2. Push the LO or HI position of the switch, as desired. The indicator light in the switch will
The heater is controlled by a thermostat,
automatically turning the heater on and off.
The indicator light will remain on as long as
the switch is on.
3. When the seat is warmed or before you leave the vehicle, be sure to turn the switch
Do not use or allow occupants to use the
seat heater if you or the occupants cannot
monitor elevated seat temperatures or
have an inability to feel pain in body parts
that contact the seat. Use of the seat
heater by such people could result in se-
●The battery could run down if the seat
heater is operated while the engine is
● Do not use the seat heater for extended
periods or when no one is using the
● Do not put anything on the seat which
insulates heat, such as a blanket, cush-
ion, seat cover, etc. Otherwise, the seat
may become overheated.
● Do not place anything hard or heavy on
the seat or pierce it with a pin or similar
object. This may result in damage to the
● Any liquid spilled on the heated seat
should be removed immediately with a
dry cloth. ●
When cleaning the seat, never use
gasoline, benzine, thinner, or any simi-
● If any malfunctions are found or the
heated seat does not operate, turn the
switch off and have the system checked
by your NISSAN dealer.
HEATED SEATS (if so equipped)
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The heated steering wheel system is designed to
operate only when the surface temperature of the
steering wheel is below approximately 68°F
Push the heated steering wheel switch to warm
the steering wheel after the engine starts. The
indicator light will come on.
If the surface temperature of the steering wheel is
below 68°F (20°C) , the system will heat the
steering wheel to approximately 86°F (30°C) ,
then turn off automatically.
Push the switch again to turn the heated steering
wheel off manually. The indicator light will go off.NOTE:
The heated steering wheel switch is
equipped with a 30 minute timer. After the
switch has been activated for 30 minutes,
the system will automatically turn off. If the
surface temperature of the steering wheel
is above 68°F (20°C) when the switch is
turned on, the system will not heat the
steering wheel. This is not a malfunction.
The warning systems switch is used to temporar-
ily turn off the warning systems (Lane Departure
Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
systems) that are activated using the settings
menu in the vehicle information display.
When the warning systems switch is turned off,
1on the switch is off. The indicator
will also be off if all of the warning systems are
deactivated using the settings menu.
The BSW system will turn on the Blind Spot
indicator lights, located inside the vehicle next to
the outside mirrors, if a vehicle is located in the
detection zone. If the turn signal is activated in the
direction of the detected vehicle, a chime sounds
HEATED STEERING WHEEL (if so
equipped) WARNING SYSTEMS SWITCH (if so
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twice and the BSW indicator light will flash. For
additional information, see “Blind Spot Warning
(BSW) System / Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
System” in the “Starting and driving” section.
The LDW system will sound a warning chime and
the LDW indicator light (orange) in the vehicle
information display blinks to alert the driver if the
vehicle is traveling close to either the left or the
right of a traveling lane when detected by the
camera unit. For additional information, see
“Blind Spot Warning (BSW) System / Lane De-
parture Warning (LDW) System” in the “Starting
and driving” section.The vehicle should be driven with the Vehicle
Dynamic Control (VDC) system on for most driv-
If the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, the VDC
system reduces the engine output to reduce
wheel spin. The engine speed will be reduced
even if the accelerator is depressed to the floor. If
maximum engine power is needed to free a stuck
vehicle, turn the VDC system off.
To turn off the VDC system, push the VDC OFF
indicator will come on.
Push the VDC OFF switch again or restart the
engine to turn on the system. See “Vehicle Dy-
namic Control (VDC) system” in the “Starting and
driving” section. The power outlets are for powering electrical
accessories such as cellular telephones. They
are rated at 12 volt, 120W (10A) maximum.
The power outlets are powered only when the
ignition switch is in the ACC or ON position.
Open the lower half of the console box to access
the power outlet. Refer to “Console box” in this
VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC)
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●The outlet and plug may be hot during
or immediately after use.
● Only certain power outlets are designed
for use with a cigarette lighter unit. Do
not use any other power outlet for an
accessory lighter. See your NISSAN
dealer for additional information.
● Do not use with accessories that ex-
ceed a 12 volt, 120W (10A) power draw.
● Do not use double adapters or more
than one electrical accessory. ●
Use power outlets with the engine run-
ning to avoid discharging the vehicle
● Avoid using power outlets when the air
conditioner, headlights or rear window
defroster is on.
● Before inserting or disconnecting a
plug, be sure the electrical accessory
being used is turned OFF.
● Push the plug in as far as it will go. If
good contact is not made, the plug may
overheat or the internal temperature
fuse may open.
● When not in use, be sure to close the
cap. Do not allow water or any other
liquid to contact the outlet.
MAP POCKETSConsole box
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SEATBACK POCKETS (if so
The seatback pockets are located on the back of
the driver’s (if so equipped) and passenger’s
seats. The pockets can be used to store maps.
To open the sunglasses holder, push and release.
Only store one pair of sunglasses in the holder.
Keep the sunglasses holder closed while
driving to prevent an accident.
●Do not use for anything other than
● Do not leave sunglasses in the sun-
glasses holder while parking in direct
sunlight. The heat may damage the
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