Toyota Corolla (E210) 2019-2024 Owners Manual / Driving / Driving procedures / Engine (ignition) switch (vehicles with a smart key system)

Toyota Corolla (E210): Engine (ignition) switch (vehicles with a smart key system)

Performing the following operations when carrying the electronic key on your person starts the engine or changes engine switch modes.

Starting the engine

1. Check that the parking brake is set.

2. Check that the shift lever is in P.

3. Firmly depress the brake pedal.

on the multi-information display. and a message will be displayed on the multi-information display.

If it is not displayed, the engine cannot be started.

4. Press the engine switch shortly and firmly.

When operating the engine switch, one short, firm press is enough. It is not necessary to press and hold the switch.

The engine will crank until it starts or for up to 30 seconds, whichever is less.

Continue depressing the brake pedal until the engine is completely started.

The engine can be started from any engine switch mode.

■Engine switch illumination

■Engine switch illumination

According to the situation, the engine switch illumination operates as follows:

  • When a door is opened, or the engine switch mode is changed from ACC or ON to off, the engine switch illumination comes on.
  • When depressing the brake pedal with carrying the electronic key on your person, the engine switch illumination blinks.
  • When the engine switch mode is in ACC or ON, the engine switch illumination is constantly illuminated.

■If the engine does not start

  • The engine immobilizer system may not have been deactivated.

    Contact your Toyota dealer.

  • If a message related to start-up is shown on the multi-information display, read the message and follow the instructions.

■If the battery is discharged

The engine cannot be started using the smart key system.

■Operation of the engine switch

  • If the switch is not pressed shortly and firmly, the engine switch mode may not change or the engine may not start.
  • If attempting to restart the engine immediately after turning the engine switch off, the engine may not start in some cases. After turning the engine switch off, please wait a few seconds before restarting the engine.


If the smart key system has been deactivated in a customized setting.


■When starting the engine

Always start the engine while sitting in the driver's seat. Do not depress the accelerator pedal while starting the engine under any circumstances.

Doing so may cause an accident resulting in death or serious injury.


■When starting the engine

  • Do not race a cold engine.
  • If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have your vehicle checked by your Toyota dealer immediately.

■Symptoms indicating a malfunction with the engine switch

If the engine switch seems to be operating somewhat differently than usual, such as the switch sticking slightly, there may be a malfunction. Contact your Toyota dealer immediately.

Stopping the engine

1. Stop the vehicle completely.

2. Set the parking brake, and shift the shift lever to P.

Check the parking brake indicator is illuminated.

Do not press the shift release button after shifting the shift lever to P.

3. Press the engine switch shortly and firmly.

The engine will stop, and the meter display will be extinguished.

4. Release the brake pedal and check that "ACCESSORY" or "IGNITION ON" is not shown on the multi-information display.

■Automatic engine shut off feature

  • The vehicle is equipped with a feature that automatically shuts off the engine when the shift lever is in P with the engine running for an extended period.
  • The engine will automatically shut off after approximately 1 hour if it has been left running while the shift lever is in P.
  • The timer for the automatic engine shut off feature will reset if the brake pedal is depressed or if the shift lever is in a position other than P.
  • After the vehicle is parked, if the door is locked with the door lock switch from the inside or the mechanical key from the outside, the automatic engine shut off feature will be disabled.

    The timer for the automatic engine shut off feature will be re-enabled if the driver's door is opened.


■Stopping the engine in an emergency

  • If you want to stop the engine in an emergency while driving the vehicle, press and hold the engine switch for more than 2 seconds, or press it briefly 3 times or more in succession.

    However, do not touch the engine switch while driving except in an emergency. Turning the engine off while driving will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost. This will make it more difficult to steer and brake, so you should pull over and stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • If the engine switch is operated while the vehicle is running, a warning message will be shown on the multi-information display and a buzzer sounds.
  • To restart the engine after performing an emergency shutdown, shift the shift lever to N and then press the engine switch.


■When parking

Exhaust gases include harmful carbon monoxide (CO), which is colorless and odorless. Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may cause exhaust gases to enter the vehicle and may lead to an accident caused by light-headedness, or may lead to death or a serious health hazard.

  • If the vehicle is in a poorly ventilated area or a closed area, such as a garage, stop the engine.
  • Do not leave the vehicle with the engine running for a long time. If such a situation cannot be avoided, park the vehicle in an open space and ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the vehicle interior.
  • Do not leave the engine running in an area with snow build-up, or where it is snowing. If snow-banks build up around the vehicle while the engine is running, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle.
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