Is highway driving stressing you out? Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is an increasingly popular safety technology that can help reduce the stress level of your daily commute. ACC systems use on-board sensors and software to automatically manage the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle that you’re following. The ACC system maintains a preset following distance by controlling vehicle speed, applying the brakes when necessary.
The Lexus LS430 was the first vehicle offered in America with Adaptive Cruise Control, back in 2000. ACC was only available in imported luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi for quite some time, wth the 2003 Cadillac XLR being the first U.S.-manufactured vehicle to offer the technology. Flash forward to 2016 and ACC is offered in an expanding range of vehicles, which include some of today’s most popular compact and fuel-efficient models.
There are three basic types of ACC systems:
- Partial ACC systems only operate at higher speeds.
- Full Speed Range ACC systems can bring a car to a complete stop, but need to be reactivated to resume follow.
- Stop and Go ACC (a.k.a. Traffic Jam Assist) systems will automatically resume following from a complete stop.
Our list of 10 cars with Adaptive Cruise Control focuses on the most affordable and popular sedans. We’ve also included pointers to other vehicles with ACC in each manufacturer’s range.