2016 Honda Civic: Choose Your Cruise
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2016
I appreciate when cars that offer adaptive cruise control, like our 2016 Honda Civic, still allow you to turn it off and use standard cruise mode. Even when set at the closest following distance, adaptive cruise systems typically leave enough of a gap for impatient drivers to slot in front of you. Legally, it's the smart thing for an automaker to do. As a driver on the highway, it can be frustrating.
Happily, the Civic lets you choose.
Holding down the adaptive cruise button toggles between adaptive and standard modes. I usually prefer to determine the following distance myself, but it depends on the situation. With a fairly open highway, say out on the desert flats towards Palm Springs, adaptive works fine. Drivers get impatient out there, too, but they're not as numerous and tend to buzz off quickly. That means the adaptive braking and acceleration isn't as frequent or annoying.
But in city traffic, I like to modulate the distance myself. It makes for a busy thumb, constantly tapping the cancel, set and resume functions, but I think I'm better than the radar at maintaining a safe distance without feeling like I'm impeding traffic behind me.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 11,911 miles