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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 (if so equipped) , the head-
lights must be on, then turn the fog light switch to
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 the area between the
horn icons on the steering wheel.
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
To turn on the cargo lamp, push the switch down
to the ON position.
Be sure to turn the light switch to the OFF
position when you leave the vehicle for
extended periods of time, otherwise the
battery will go dead.
CARGO LAMP SWITCH
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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, depending on the temperature. The
indicator light in the switch will illuminate.
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-
●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
● When cleaning the seat, never use
gasoline, benzine, thinner, or any simi-
lar materials. ●
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.
● The battery could run down if the seat
heater is operated while the engine is
HEATED SEATS (if so equipped)
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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
● Never rely solely on the hill descent
control system to control vehicle speed
when driving on steep downhill grades.
Always drive carefully when using the
hill descent control system and decel-
erate the vehicle speed by depressing
the brake pedal if necessary. Be espe-
cially careful when driving on frozen,
muddy or extremely steep downhill
roads. Failure to control vehicle speed
may result in a loss of control of the
vehicle and possible serious injury or
The hill descent control may not control
the vehicle speed on a hill under all load
or road conditions. Always be prepared
to depress the brake pedal to control
vehicle speed. Failure to do so may re-
sult in a collision or serious personal
When the hill descent control system op-
erates continuously for a long time, the
temperature of the brake pads may in-
crease and the hill descent control system
may be temporarily disabled (the indicator
light will blink) . If the indicator light does
not come on continuously after blinking,
stop using the system.
The hill descent control system is designed to
reduce driver workload when going down steep
hills. The hill descent control system helps to
control vehicle speed so the driver can concen-
trate on steering the vehicle.
To activate the hill descent control system: ● the 4WD switch must be in the 4L position
and the vehicle speed must be under
15 MPH (25 km/h) or
VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC)
OFF SWITCH HILL DESCENT CONTROL SWITCH (if
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●the 4WD switch must be in the 4H position
and the vehicle speed must be under
21 MPH (35 km/h), and
● the hill descent control system switch must
The hill descent control system on indicator light
will come on when the system is activated. Also,
the stop/tail lights illuminate while the hill descent
control system applies the brakes to control ve-
If the accelerator or brake pedal is depressed
while the hill descent control system is on, the
system will stop operating temporarily. As soon
as the accelerator or brake pedal is released, the
hill descent control system begins to function
again if the hill descent control operating condi-
tions are fulfilled.
The hill descent control system on indicator light
blinks if the switch is on and all conditions for
system activation are not met or if the system
becomes disengaged for any reason.
To turn off the hill descent control system, push
the switch to the OFF position.
For additional information, see “Hill descent con-
trol system on indicator light” earlier in this sec-
tion and “Hill descent control system” in the
“Starting and driving” section of this manual. The Electronic Locking Rear Differential (E-Lock)
system can help provide added traction if the
vehicle is stuck or becoming stuck.
To activate the E-Lock system:
● the 4WD switch must be in the 4LO position
(4-wheel drive vehicles) ,
● the vehicle must be stopped or moving at
4 MPH (7 km/h) or less, and
● the E-Lock system switch must be turned
ON. When the E-Lock switch is turned ON, the indi-
cator light will flash until the system engages.
However, if all operation conditions listed above
are not met or the system becomes disengaged,
the indicator light will continue to flash.
The Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) system is disabled
and the ABS light illuminates when the E-Lock
system is ON. Also, the Vehicle Dynamic Control
(VDC) system is disabled and the VDC light
illuminates when the E-Lock system is ON.
See “Electronic locking rear differential (E-Lock)
system” in the “Starting and Driving” section for
further explanation and system limitations.
Never leave the E-Lock system ON
when driving on paved or hard-surfaced
roads. Turning the vehicle may result in
the rear wheels slipping and result in an
accident and personal injury. After us-
ing the E-Lock system to free the ve-
hicle, turn the system OFF.
ELECTRONIC LOCKING REAR
DIFFERENTIAL (E-Lock) SYSTEM
SWITCH (if so equipped)
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●Use the E-Lock system only when free-
ing a stuck vehicle. Try the 4LO position
before using the E-Lock system. Never
use the E-Lock system on a slippery
road surface such as snow or ice sur-
face. Using the E-Lock system when
driving in these road conditions may
cause unexpected movement of the ve-
hicle during engine braking, accelerat-
ing or turning, which may result in an
accident and serious personal injury.
● After using the E-Lock system, turn the
switch OFF to prevent possible damage
to driveline components from extended
● Do not drive over 12 MPH (20 km/h)
when the system is engaged. Doing so
could result in possible damage to the
● Do not turn on the E-lock system while
the tires are spinning. Doing so could
damage drivetrain components.
Pay special attention to your surround-
ings when using the clutch interlock
switch. The vehicle will move forward or
backward according to the gear selected.
The clutch interlock (clutch start) switch allows
for starting the engine without depressing the
clutch pedal. This feature helps you restart the
engine if it stops under difficult conditions. (For
example, the engine stops on a steep hill and a
slight movement forward or backward might be
dangerous.) To use the clutch interlock switch:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Depress the brake pedal with your right foot.
3. Place your left foot on the brake pedal and release the parking brake.
4. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position.
5. Press and release the clutch interlock switch. The CANCEL light on the switch will
6. Turn the ignition to the START position to start the engine and, at the same time, de-
press the accelerator pedal with your right
foot. As the vehicle begins to move, take
your left foot off the brake. Once the engine
has started, the clutch interlock switch
CANCEL light shuts off. Do not use the
interlock switch to start the engine under
normal driving conditions.
CLUTCH INTERLOCK (clutch start)
SWITCH (if so equipped)
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The rear sonar system is a convenience
but it is not a substitute for proper back-
ing. Always turn and check that it is safe to
do so before backing up. Always back up
The rear sonar system (if so equipped) is active
when the ignition switch is placed in the ON
position and the shift selector is in R (Reverse) .
When sensors detect obstacles within 6 ft
(1.8 m) of the rear bumper, a beeping tone is
emitted. The rear sonar system can be disabled by push-
ing the OFF switch. When the system is disabled,
the indicator light on the switch will illuminate.
The system will automatically reset the next time
the ignition switch is placed in the ON position.
See “Rear sonar system (if so equipped)” 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 cap to use a power outlet.
REAR SONAR SYSTEM OFF SWITCH
(if so equipped) POWER OUTLET
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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
liquids to contact the outlet.
Do not place sharp objects in the trays to
help prevent injury in an accident or sud-
Top center tray
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M/T model — Type A (if so equipped)
M/T model — Type B (if so equipped)
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UNDER-SEAT STORAGE BINS
●Properly secure all cargo with ropes or
straps to help prevent it from sliding or
shifting. In a sudden stop or collision,
unsecured cargo could cause personal
● The cargo restrained in the under-seat
storage bins must not exceed the
weight limits listed below or the bins
may not stay secured. In a sudden stop
or collision, the unsecured bins could
cause personal inury.
King cab model: 16 lb (7.25 kg)
Crew cab model Driver’s side: 16 lb (7.25 kg)
Passenger’s side: 25 lb (11.33 kg)
● If the under-seat storage bins are re-
moved for any reason, they should be
securely stored to prevent them from
causing injury to passengers or damage
to the vehicle in case of sudden braking
or an accident.
2nd row under-seat storage bin (King cab model)
2nd row under-seat storage bin(Crew cab model)
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●Do not place sharp objects in the under-
seat storage bins. Such objects may
become dangerous projectiles and
cause injury when the vehicle is moving
or if the vehicle is involved in a collision.
To access the under-seat storage bins:
For King cab model, lift up the jump seat. Refer to
“Jump seat (King cab)” in the “Safety—Seats,
seat belts and supplemental restraint system”
section earlier in this manual.
For Crew cab model, lift up the rear bench seat.
Refer to “Folding the rear bench seat down” in
the “Safety—Seats, seat belts and supplemental
restraint system” section earlier in this manual. To remove the under-seat storage bins:
1. Remove the storage net.
2. Remove the tray by lifting it out of the stor- age bin (King cab model) .
3. Turn the knobs to the UNLOCK position
To install the under-seat storage bins: 1. Position the under-seat storage bin so the holes line up with the holes in the floorboard.
2. Insert the knobs and turn them to the LOCK position
Pull up on the lever1to open the console box lid
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