Auto transmission PRND321 vs M+-

You might have noticed that in some automatic transmission cars the gator shows PRND321 where as some shows manual + – mode. So what dictates which one you will get?



The PRND321 mode is usually featured when the car has traditional 4-speed torque converter type transmission. Since there are just 4 gears which you can cycle thru, it is convenient to explicitly display which one you have selected.

In many automatic cars, especially automated manuals where there are 5 or higher gears, it will be difficult to show all gear positions because it would make the gator quite longer or wider. Thus, just the manual mode (with M indicator) is shown with gator position for + and -. To up shift you push the gator to + slot and to downshift use the – slot.

The following picture shows how the gear selector would have to travel further if PRND321 style is used for many gears.



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