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Adaptive cruise control is one of those modern safety features that drivers can take for granted. Car safety technology has been evolving since the early 2000s. When it arrived in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350, it had reached an unprecedented level. Taking your hands off of the wheel and trusting the car wasn’t easy to get used to. Now, this feature is readily available and included in several cars across multiple brands. Here are some of the best new cars you can get with adaptive cruise control.

2022 Mazda 3 lets driver’s know distances

The Mazda 3 comes in both sedan and hatchback body styles, with multiple engine choices. Base model sedans have a 155-hp inline-four, which goes all the way up to a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four with 250 horsepower. Mazdas with adaptive cruise control use a proprietary system called Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC). It uses radar to scan the distance between the car in front. Drivers can also see the following distance on the dashboard via the Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS).

2022 Honda Accord offers safety front and back

2022 Honda Accord driving on a road
2022 Honda Accord driving on a road | Honda

Honda’s Accord is a mid-size car just a small step above the Civic in terms of space. Customers can choose from a 1.5-liter or a 2-liter inline-four, with power ranging from 192-252 horsepower. Honda uses, simply, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as part of its Honda Sensing, a suite of six safety features designed to protect the driver, other drivers, and pedestrians from collisions. Honda Sensing surrounds the car with sensors and cameras that detect objects in the road in all directions. Drivers can set two distances for ACC, one for the car in front and one for the car behind.

2022 BMW 3-Series ACC is simple and effective

BMW 3-Series on display in Indonesia
BMW 3-Series on display in Indonesia | Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto

The BMW 3-Series is an institution. It’s the shining example of what can be possible when it comes to performance sedans. The base engine is a 255-hp 2-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder, and powertrains go all the way up to the M3 Competition with 500 horsepower from a twin-turbo 3-liter inline-six. BMW’s adaptive cruise control is part of its driver assistance system. It maintains a set speed and distance from the car ahead. Fairly simple.  

2022 Toyota Camry doesn’t make ACC complicated

As a staple of Toyota’s lineup, the Camry offers four doors, lots of interior space, and up to 300 horsepower. It’s not the most exciting car to drive, but it does everything else extraordinarily well. Toyota’s adaptive cruise control comes in its Safety Sense suite of safety features, called Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). It uses radar to adjust the vehicle speed and distance from the vehicle in front. Sound familiar?

2022 Volvo S60 showcases committment to safety


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Volvo has seldom created a car for the sake of speed. It primarily focuses on saving its drivers and the environment. Nevertheless, the Volvo S60 is a hybrid that produces a combined 260 horsepower to the front wheels and gets to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. It’s a comfortable sedan and quick enough. Volvo ACC uses cameras and radar to detect cars in front according to a set time. If the car in front is X seconds away, the Volvo will adjust or maintain its speed accordingly.

Adaptive Cruise Control is in a wide range of vehicles, from vibrant sports cars to subdued vanilla econoboxes. It shows that the technology is more accessible now than it ever was and that state-of-the-art vehicle safety has become a standard.