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Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assistance Systems (LKAS) help you stay safe on the highway by keeping your vehicle in lane while at speed. Both LDW and LKAS technologies use cameras (typically mounted behind the windshield) to read the lines ahead.
LDW systems simply notify the driver that they’re crossing over the line via an audible warning or vibration, prompting the driver to take action. LKAS takes it up a notch by physically applying a correction to steering, automatically keeping the vehicle in lane.
Technology has come a long way since 2004, when the Infiniti FX was the first vehicle in America to offer a Lane Departure Warning System. LDW and LKAS were initially offered on luxury vehicles, but are now available on a wide range of vehicles, including some of the most popular compact and midsize sedans (albeit at higher trim levels).
Lane Keep Assistance Systems are not intended for hands-off driving. They rely on a clear view and discernible road markings. The systems should not be relied upon in severe inclement weather (fog, heavy rain, and snow) or on poorly marked roads.
Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) is optional in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, as part of the Driver Confidence Option Package ($1,195). The Convenience and Technology option package ($895) is a prerequisite. The Malibu Hybrid is EPA rated at 47 city / 46 highway miles per gallon and has a starting MSRP of $28,645.
The Driver Confidence Option Package provides a full suite of safety technology, including Forward Collision Alert, Low-speed Front Automatic Braking, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Park Assist. LKAS is also available in the conventionally powered Malibu Premier, which is priced at $31,795.
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The 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited and Avalon Hybrid Limited offer Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist as part of the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of safety technology. The Avalon Limited has a starting MSRP of $40,450 while the Avalon Hybrid Limited is priced at $41,950.
The Avalon’s Lane Keep Assistance System provides the driver with visual and audible alerts when the vehicle begins to drift out of lane. If a driver correction is not made, the Steering Assist system will automatically apply force to to keep the vehicle in lane.
TSS-P also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. Toyota offers Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist in the Prius Three Touring and Prius Four Touring as standard equipment.
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Lane Keep Assist is available in the 2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan, with the Driver Assist option package ($3,310) on the ATS Premium and Performance trim levels. The rear-wheel drive ATS Performance has a starting MSRP of $44,150 when fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The ATS Premium is $47,105 when similarly equipped.
The Driver Assist package also includes Adaptive Cruise Control and a full-color Heads-Up Display. The package requires the Cold Weather Package to be added, as well, along wth Cadillac Cue and Navigation. It’s not offered with ATS 2.0L Premium or Performance trim levels, when equipped with all-wheel drive and the six-speed manual transmission.
Cadillac’s Lane Keep Assist is also available in the CTS, CT6, and Escalade. Lane Departure Warning was first offered on the 2008 STS and DTS.
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A Lane Keep Assist System is included in the 2016 Chrysler 200C sedan’s attractively priced Safetytec option package ($1,295). As its name implies, Safetytec provides a impressive suite of advanced safety technology. The 200C’s starting MSRP is $27,570 with front-wheel drive and $31,785 with all-wheel-drive (AWD).
If you’re looking for a nicely appointed AWD sedan with Lane Keep Assist and a slew of safety tech, the 200C delivers plenty of bang for the buck. Chrysler’s LKAS system is also available in the Chrysler 300 and Pacifica minivan. The technology was first offered by Chrysler in the 2007 300C.
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A Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) is available in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited compact sedan, which has an attractive starting MSRP of $22,350. LKAS is included in the $1,900 Ultimate Option Package, which requires the $2,500 Tech Option Package as a prerequisite. The required packages bump the Elantra’s bottom line to slightly above the Honda Civic Touring, which includes LKAS as a standard feature.
Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist System is also offered in the Genesis and Equus luxury sedans.
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Lane Keep Assist (LKA) is a standard feature on the 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium. The system will apply a correction to steering at speeds above 40 miles per hour when it senses lane drift, lacking driver input “for a defined period of time.” The Passat SEL Premium has a starting MSRP of $34,270.
Volkswagen is to be commended for offering Lane Assist across a wide range of vehicles. LKA is also available in the VW CC, Touareg, and Golf (including the Sportwagen, GTI, and Golf R).
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Lane Keep Assist is included in the 2017 Lincoln MKZ’s Technology option package, which is available with the Select 200A, Hybrid Select 500A, Reserve 300A, and Hybrid Reserve 600A equipment groups. The Select 200A and Hybrid Select 500A have a starting MSRP of $36,760.
Lincoln’s LKAS system has three modes: The Alert setting provides lane departure warning through steering wheel vibration; the Aid setting applies torque to the steering wheel, which can “help direct you to steer your vehicle back into the lane”; the Alert + Aid setting provides a warning, in addition to steering correction. There are three vibration settings: low, normal, and high.
The Technology Package is well priced at $2,395. It also includes Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Pedestrian Detection among a host of other advanced features. Lincoln’s Lane Keep Assist System is available in all 2017 Lincoln models, with the exception of the Navigator.
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The 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan and Coupe are equipped with a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) as part of the Honda Sensing Feature Suite. The Civic Touring is the least expensive vehicle with LKAS as standard equipment. The top-of-the-line Civic Touring Sedan has a starting MSRP of $26,500, while the Civic Touring Coupe is priced at $26,125.
The Honda Sensing Saftey Suite also includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Road Departure Mitigation.
Honda’s Lane Keep Assist System is also available in the Accord, CR-V, and Pilot.
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The 2016 Toyota Prius offers Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist in the Prius Three Touring and Four Touring, as part of the Toyota Safety Sense P technology suite (TSS-P). The Prius Three Touring has a starting MSRP of $28,100, while the Four Touring is priced at $30,000.
The system provides visual and audible alerts as the vehicle begins to drift out of lane. If the driver does not make a correction, the Steering Assist system “will initiate and provide gentle corrective steering” to keep the vehicle between the lane markings.
TSS-P also includes Pedestrian Detection, Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a Pre-Collision System, and Automatic High Beams. Toyota also offers Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist in the Avalon.
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The 2016 Infiniti Q50 offers Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) with Active Lane Control as part of the Technology option package ($1,850) in the 3.0t, Sport, and Red Sport models. Infiniti’s Lane Keep Assistance System works in tandem with Direct Adaptive Steering to hold position within the lane while traveling over uneven road surfaces and in strong crosswinds. One caveat: you’ll need to order a slew of additional options as a prerequisite, starting with the Driver Assistance Package and Direct Adaptive Steering. The Q50 was first offered with Active Lane Control in the 2014 model year. Infiniti’s Lane Keep Assistance System is also available in the Q70, QX50, QX60, QX70, and QX80.
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