I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla, which has a D, 2, and L gear. I also have a steep driveway to climb everyday. Which of these gears is most appropriate for going up steep inclines?


Assuming that you have no faults with your transmission, it doesn't matter - an automatic transmission will automatically switch down gear as and when it needs to. All the '2' gear does is not let you go over 2nd gear - which if you were heading downhill could make your engine over-rev...generally not recommended.

So D should be just fine.

  • It doesn't matter if it is a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine? – Paul Jul 22 '12 at 4:01
  • No. Automatic transmissions are designed to use the most appropriate gear where possible. It doesn't matter what type of engine you have. – Rory Alsop Jul 22 '12 at 10:25

If you're carrying a high load, L is best.

The gears work as follows: D = use whichever gear the computer decides/ Useful for everyday driving. 2 = use first or second, depending on speed. Useful when carrying high loads at low speeds. L = stay in the lowest gear. Best for carrying high loads up steep inclines.

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