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Active ECO operation

Active ECO helps improve fuel efficiency by controlling certain engine and transaxle

Active ECO helps improve fuel efficiency by controlling certain engine and transaxle system operating parameters. Fuel efficiency depends on the driver's driving habit and road condition.

  • When the Active ECO button is pressed the ECO indicator (green) will illuminate to show that the Active ECO is operating.
  • When the Active ECO is activated, it will remain on until the Active ECO button is pressed again. Active ECO does not turn off when the engine is restarted. To turn off Active ECO, press the Active ECO button again.
  • If Active ECO is turned off, the system will return to normal mode.

When Active ECO is activated:

  • The acceleration may slightly be reduced eventhough you depress the accelerator fully.
  • The air conditioner performance may be limited.
  • The shift pattern of the automatic transaxle may change.
  • The engine noise may get louder.

The above situations are normal conditions when the active eco system is activated to improve fuel efficiency.

Limitation of Active ECO operation:

If the following conditions occur while Active ECO is operating, the system operation is limited even though there is no change in the ECO indicator.

  • When the coolant temperature is low: The system will be limited until engine performance becomes normal.
  • When driving up a hill: The system will be limited to gain power when driving uphill because the engine torque is restricted.
  • When using sports mode: The system will be limited according to the shift location.
  • When the accelerator pedal is deeply depressed for a few seconds: The system will be limited, judging that the driver wants to speed up.
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