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Old 03-19-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default Acura ZDX to Sebring: Adaptive Cruise Control Done Right

Thereís a lot of I-75 between Michigan and Florida, so the ZDXís cruise control has been on for hundreds of miles. Since our ZDX is an Advance trim, itís equipped with radar-based adaptive cruise control that will automatically slow the vehicle as it comes up on another car. Weíve been critical of such systems in the past, but Acuraís execution is so good that we actually enjoy using it. Hereís why:
It follows at a reasonable distance. On the highway, the ZDX will follow at about three to four car lengths when set to maintain the smallest possible gap. Thatís not enough to keep anyone from cutting in between your train, but it feels like both a safe and natural distance. Some other automakers keep the follow distance so large, that you get the feeling youíre making traffic less efficient. Itís aggravating.
It is smooth and confident. The Acura does use the brakes in some situations where a human driver would simply stand off the gas pedal, but when the ZDX brakes, it tips in gently and gradually builds effort. When another car changes lanes into your path, the ZDX doesnít panic. It acts on the speed differential between the two vehicles rather than the distance, reacting in a much smarter manner.
It isnít hesitant to accelerate. Just as the ZDX is judicious with the brake pedal, it is well trained in how to accelerate. When following another car, the ZDX flexes the gas pedal perfectly to maintain an even distance. When the road opens up, so too does the throttle. Itís always enough to provide satisfying acceleration but rarely calls for a downshift, keeping the cabin relaxed.
It can be switched off. Our biggest gripe with many other adaptive cruise control systems is that they canít be used like a traditional cruise control. In the ZDX, you simply hold the distance control button to switch between adaptive and standard cruise modes.

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Old 03-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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Does it have an Audi driver following distance mode?
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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No, that's just Mercedes
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
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Why would Chrysler learn cruise control from Acura? Besides, it's called the 200 now.

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