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If your vehicle has this available feature, when you’re in REVERSE, Hitch Guidance displays a centered guideline on the Rear Vision Camera view to help† line up your hitch to your trailer. When driving, it allows you to check your trailer using the Rear Vision Camera view.
If your vehicle has this available feature, Hitch View shows a close-up view of the trailer hitch. When in REVERSE, the view can be used to help align the vehicle with the trailer. When driving, the view can be used to check your trailer hitch. Shifting into PARK while in this view will automatically engage the Electric Parking Brake (if equipped).
How to Use Hitch Guidance and Hitch View
- Shift into REVERSE and select the HITCH GUIDANCE button on the bottom of your infotainment system† screen. Depending on your vehicle, the button may look like a guideline on top of a trailer icon. The Rear Vision Camera backing guidelines will then change into a single guideline that will help you back up to your trailer. The line will extend from behind your vehicle to the trailer coupler, while bending and adjusting as you turn your vehicle while backing up.
- To line up your vehicle’s hitch ball with your trailer’s coupler, back up slowly. Steer to keep the single dynamic guideline aligned over your vehicle’s hitch ball and centered with the coupler of the trailer.
- When you get close to the trailer coupler, you can select the HITCH VIEW button (if equipped) from your infotainment system screen. Depending on your vehicle, the icon looks like a trailer hitch with a magnifying glass on top of it or a camera looking at a trailer hitch. Hitch View will bring up a zoomed-in view of your vehicle’s hitch ball and trailer coupler to help make trailer hitching easier.
- When your hitch ball is positioned under the trailer coupler, shift into PARK and apply your parking brake. On some vehicles, when you shift into PARK while in Hitch View, the Electric Parking Brake (if equipped) will apply automatically. This keeps your vehicle from rolling forward or backward due to an incline or decline when you get out to hitch the trailer.
- While you’re backing up, if your vehicle is equipped with these features, you may still hear the Rear Park Assist or Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature beeps (or your Safety Alert Seat may pulse, if equipped) when the system detects an object. However, the on-screen alerts you usually see with these features won’t show when you’re in Hitch View mode
- When it is safe to do so, you can check the Hitch View camera display to see the hitch connection while you’re driving forward by pushing the Camera icon on your infotainment system. On some vehicles, you can only display camera views briefly while driving.
Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.
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Yes. This feature is not dependent on an electronic connection to the trailer and can be viewed even if the trailer is not connected.
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