2015 Ford Mustang GT: Adaptive Cruise Control
February 27, 2015
The adaptive cruise control in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is almost perfect. It's a $1,195 stand-alone option, but there's no doubt in my mind that it's worth the cost.
For starters, when set to the closest following distance (pictured) the system follows the car in front of you (if they're travelling slower than your set speed) close enough to deter most other motorists from wedging into the gap, but it's not so close that it feels like I'm tailgating. The ACC doesn't react too abruptly to minor changes in traffic flow either and it even has a feature that seems to anticipate passing maneuvers before you make them.
There are four distance settings, each with a different distance gap. Here's the breakdown from the Mustang's manual of the distances set by the ACC when you're traveling at 62 mph.
Another cool feature is the system's ability to seemingly anticipate a passing maneuver. If you're behind another vehicle, going slower than your set cruise-control speed and you want to pass, put on your turn signal and the Mustang will accelerate before you exit the lane. Basically, it anticipates the passing maneuver so you won't be holding up traffic when you enter the passing lane.
The first time this happened, I thought I was imagining things. Maybe I made my lane change early? Maybe the car in front of me moved up a bit as I went to pass? Nope. I tried again and got the same results at least a dozen times over a 200-mile trip. I couldn't find any reference to this feature in the manual, but rest assured that it exists. And it's awesome. The system can also be turned off completely, defaulting to a standard cruise control if that's what you'd prefer. But with something that works this well, why bother? Unfortunately, this system doesn't hold cruise control speeds when you shift gears (like our C7 Corvette) but at least you can have it with the manual (with the 2015 Dodge Challenger you can't). Want adaptive cruise in your Challenger and you have to get the automatic. On the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro it's not even an option.
Some people avoid these safety features entirely regardless of perceived quality, but if I were buying a new Mustang it's definitely something I would put on my "must-have" list.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor