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With the transmission buttons located on the center console, can shifts be triggered by accident while moving or while parked? By placing/dropping something on the buttons, or by a child or animal?

I downloaded and read the short manual and did not see a reference to any type of “lockout” such as the button located on traditional lever type shifters.

I did get the impression that the brake pedal worked as a lockout for park to neutral, and reverse has to be pulled up to operate. The change from D to S appeared to be activated by a simple toggle press, changing from full auto to paddle shifters.

There is a disclaimer regarding coming to complete stop and keeping brake pedal depressed before making any change.

Can any owners comment - thanks in advance.
 

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Not sure, but I would expect it to be the same as the previous design.
 

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What I think is key is that something accidentally dropped onto the shift console while the PP is in motion cannot move the gear setting from D to P or from D to R.
 

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I think you have to apply the brakes before you change from one to the other. I know that’s the case when I switch from N to D.
 

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Thank you to all who replied, have not test driven or done a walk around of the Passport yet. Have been reading the owners manual, it’s on the short list along with the Ridgeline which I have test driven twice.

Always had small pickups until I purchased the 2003 Toyota 4Runner I’m still driving today. It’s time for a new car and I like the utility of a truck and the Ridgeline is a smooth ride.

Considered another 4Runner, but the low mpg and missing CarPlay are negatives. We’re moving from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest this year and we plan to do a lot more driving.

Test drove the RAV4 but it’s too small. Liked the Ridgeline, but the Passport with it’s mild off road ability might be just right.
 

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I actually tested this on my car today. While in drive and moving (don’t worry, no other traffic on the road!) I hit the other buttons. Nothing happened.

You can shift from reverse to drive without hitting the brakes, but that and switching between sport/drive are the only two occasions where I haven’t had to apply the brake first.
 
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