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First, welcome to CruzeTalk. The Cruze's automatic transmission has a "manualmatic" mode where you can suggest to the car what gear you want to be in. In general, leave the manumatic system alone until you get used to the automatic transmission. In other words, leave it in Drive (D). Manumatic allows you to invoke engine braking, control snow & ice acceleration, and cruise without downshifting for hills.