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Hello everyone, great to be a part of this community!

I have a some confessions to make here, foolishness on my part that made me laugh; hope they will produce a wry smile in you.


New owner here, just one week, and so far enjoying the car. But I have made some silly mistakes just because I am not yet used to some of the features after saying good-bye to our beloved old car, our recently departed 15-yr-old Sorento. :crying:


The brightness of the headlamps is wonderful, but the running lights are as bright as the old Sorento’s headlights so I keep forgetting to turn on the actual lamps! When I do, I am astonished at the visibility. :eek:


The engine is so quiet I once stood outside the car wondering why it wouldn’t lock, only to discover I hadn’t turned it off.


Once I thought I’d made a dreadful mistake in buying this car when we believed we were stuck in a snowbank, only to realize we simply hadn’t disengaged the parking brake, which is on the floor instead of near the gear shift as in the Sorento. My cursing ended abruptly. Such mortification!


There is a lot of information to absorb between the navigation screen and the driver’s panel, but as I get used to where the important stuff is, I am more confident about casually checking various features on the central panel. You have to make a concerted effort not to be distracted while driving though, which is worrisome.


Mostly though, appreciating the safety features, the drive, the mileage. It is definitely not an SUV, but going down a size was right for us at this point in our lives. I assume it won’t be long before this car really feels like ours. We look forward to another long companionship, as we had with the Sorento.


I hope some of you will contribute your own confessions!
 

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Yes, thank you. I’m so used to turning them off on the Sorento, I do it without thinking. I love the brightness of the new lights!
 

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Which trim level do you have? As far as I can tell, my LX can only do running lights if I choose auto, no separate setting.
As I recalled from my EX and was able to confirm in the manual (section 4, pg 100 & 101 - not trim specific as best I can tell) the label for the Off light position says "DRL OFF". Now I always interpreted that as "DRL/OFF", meaning main headlights are off but DRL is on. But not sure I guess. The manual doesn't really define it.
 

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My light knob is four position: off; auto; headlamp icon, headlamp icon. Turns out that auto is just front DLR (when light out or not raining); the first headlamp icon is front and rear DLR, and the last is headlights.
 

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I like AUTO but usually go from OFF to AUTO (except sometimes I think AUTO does not turn on when raining). So, I am also OFF to ON or AUTO.

Personally, as far as I am concerned the plain old days of OFF and ON is adequate. (for simple minded folk)
 

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I like AUTO but usually go from OFF to AUTO (except sometimes I think AUTO does not turn on when raining). So, I am also OFF to ON or AUTO.

Personally, as far as I am concerned the plain old days of OFF and ON is adequate. (for simple minded folk)
My EX turns on full headlights automatically in rain but it depends on how dark it gets (cloud coverage). Also had the headlights turn on automatically today when pulling into a car wash bay. I guess it's a light level sensor of some type.
 

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My EX turns on full headlights automatically in rain but it depends on how dark it gets (cloud coverage). Also had the headlights turn on automatically today when pulling into a car wash bay. I guess it's a light level sensor of some type.
Yes there’s a light sensor and it also turns on the headlights (in auto mode) when the wipers come on for more than a few seconds.
 

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To be honest, I wish more drivers just left their headlights on automatic. As with new cars, your whole dash lights up regardless of whether or not you have your headlights on. I can't tell you how many people I see driving in the middle of the night on the highway, with no exterior lights on at all. I can see sometimes the need to manually turn them on as the sensors don't always adequately measure the brightness.
 

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I don’t use auto mode because it uses full headlights during daytime......I prefer just parking lights (lowest beam possible)
 

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I don’t use auto mode because it uses full headlights during daytime......I prefer just parking lights (lowest beam possible)
You prefer driving around with parking lights? That's not very smart. Parking lights are for . . . PARKING! They show people that a car is parked. It's actually illegal to drive around with parking lights on in some states. Other people can't see your car very well if you only have parking lights on, and if it's dark enough to trigger auto lights, you should have your full headlights on. Why wouldn't you want to use actual headlights? Trying to save electricity?
 

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Parking lights are not the same as drl (daytime running lights) and they are illegal to drive with in many states, California included
 
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