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Passive entry allows the vehicle to be opened if a smart key is within 39 in (1 m) of the door handle or the exterior trunk release button.


The smart key may not be detected if it is inside a metal container, or is shielded by a device with a back-lit LCD screen, e.g., a cellphone. Keep the smart key clear of such devices when attempting passive entry, passive locking or push button starting.


The smart key needs only to be on the driver’s person, or in a non-metallic bag or briefcase. It does not need to be exposed or handled.

The passive entry sensor is located on the inner surface of the door handle. Grip and pull the door handle to open the door. The vehicle unlocks, the alarm system disarms, and the hazard warning lights flash twice to confirm unlocking. If power-fold mirrors are enabled, they fold out.


When single-point entry is the current security setting and a door other than the driver’s door is opened first, all of the doors unlock.

After entering the vehicle, and closing all of the doors, the vehicle scans the interior for a valid smart key. If a valid smart key is not detected, the message center displays the message, Smart Key Not Found. If this situation occurs, use a valid smart key to carry out the keyless start backup procedure. See ENGINE START BACKUP.