Cruise Control Notes - 2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35: Cruise Control Notes

May 13, 2013

2013 Infiniti JX35

Our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 has adaptive cruise control which, like most such systems, is too conservative unless you're driving on very lightly trafficked freeways.

However, the JX35's adaptive cruise also has another annoying characteristic. It slows you down in corners. Yes, if you take a bend with the cruise set at a speed that results in a lateral g value exceeding some predetermined (and very conservative) threshold, the JX35's will reduce your set speed. After you exit the bend and straighten the wheel, the cruise resumes your original set speed. This is beyond aggravating. Infiniti is not alone with this nannying behavior, but that does not excuse it.

Fortunately, this "feature" is deactivated when you revert to conventional cruise. You didn't actually need another reason to choose conventional cruise over adaptive cruise, but now you have one.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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