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So after visiting the Denver Auto Show, something occurred to me seeing the Ascent. The front door handles don't have the button that nearly any other car maker has. (grabbing the driver side door unlocks that door, then pushing the button by your thumb unlocks all other doors) So here is my question. With the FOB in my pocket, how do I unlock ALL the doors with out taking the FOB out of my pocket, or opening the drivers door and manually pushing the unlock button?
 

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This is how it works on my 2016 Forester. Front handles have touch sensors. When fob in the pocket and your grab door it unlocks

Grabbing passenger handle unlocks all doors. Grabbing driver handle unlocks only driver door, but there is a way to change it.
 

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This is how it works on my 2016 Forester. Front handles have touch sensors. When fob in the pocket and your grab door it unlocks

Grabbing passenger handle unlocks all doors. Grabbing driver handle unlocks only driver door, but there is a way to change it.
OK so let me ask you this: If I'm standing next to the drivers door with the FOB in my pocket, and my son grabs the handle of the rear door, will his door unlock and open? I hope you see what I'm getting at...the easiest way to unlock doors for my kids without having to open my door (driver) and pushing the unlock button...lets assume my wife is not with me so no one will touch the front passenger door.
 

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No, this won’t work. Tested with my kids ?. Only front doors have touch areas. Locking is also as simple as touching ribbed area of the handle, as long as fob is near.

Also car knows which door fob is near. So I don’t think someone can open passenger door when fob are near driver door.

Rear gate also senses fob and opens when rear gate button is pushed.

Manual shows location of the proximity antennae. There few outside and inside (so I can’t lock fob inside on purpose or by mistake).

Overall I like the design, I don’t want all doors unlocked when I driver by myself.

I only wish car locks all the door when I start driving, seems like ‘19 Forester will do it. My 10 yo Sienna does it.
 

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Get aftermarket alarm and RS system and it will do everything y'all described.

OEM keyless system have very limited features. My mother's car has an add-on keyless sytem (EZGO) that can unlock all doors (or just the driver) when approached.
 

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For my '15 Outback, there is a user setting from the menu. You can choose whether or not unlocking the door only does the drivers door or it does all doors. I change it frequently. You don't have to use the unlock button on the fob. But I don't think a back passenger door can be opened first even if you are standing right there with the fob.
 

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I only wish car locks all the door when I start driving, seems like ‘19 Forester will do it. My 10 yo Sienna does it.
Leon, page 28 of the owners manual describes how to set when the doors lock. It is supposed to default to vehicle speed so if your doors don't lock you must have disabled this.
 

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How do you access the User Menu to change the settings to be able to Unlock the passenger doors when opening the Driver side door?
It's under Vehicle Settings>Door Auto Lock and Unlock

Check page 28 of your owners manual.
 

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So after visiting the Denver Auto Show, something occurred to me seeing the Ascent. The front door handles don't have the button that nearly any other car maker has. (grabbing the driver side door unlocks that door, then pushing the button by your thumb unlocks all other doors) So here is my question. With the FOB in my pocket, how do I unlock ALL the doors with out taking the FOB out of my pocket, or opening the drivers door and manually pushing the unlock button?

the settings for controlling the unlock feature can be changed on the large infotainment screen. You can adjust it to unlock only the drivers door or all doors. You will not need to actually touch the drivers door to unlock all the doors if you have the FOB in your possession. I had the same issue with my son.


page 197 of the Ascent Manual: ! Vehicle Setting S03BN0708 After entering the “Vehicle Setting” menu,
select one of the following menus.
! Keyless Entry System
S03BN070801 Sets the settings used when the keyless access function was operated.
. Audible Signal (if equipped)
Sets the electronic chirp that sounds when the door is locked or unlocked.
. Hazard Warning Flasher
Sets the operation of the hazard warning flasher that blinks when the door is locked
or unlocked.
. Driver Door Unlock (if equipped)
Select only the driver’s door to unlock or all doors to unlock simultaneously when the
driver’s door is unlocked.
. Rear Gate/Trunk Unlock (if equipped)
Select only the rear gate to unlock or all doors to unlock simultaneously when accessing from the cargo area.
 

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OK so let me ask you this: If I'm standing next to the drivers door with the FOB in my pocket, and my son grabs the handle of the rear door, will his door unlock and open? I hope you see what I'm getting at...the easiest way to unlock doors for my kids without having to open my door (driver) and pushing the unlock button...lets assume my wife is not with me so no one will touch the front passenger door.
However, if you hold your son's hand while the FOB is in your pocket, and he uses the other hand to grab any of the front doors, it will unlock! Great Father-Son moments...
 
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