2011 Hyundai Equus: Brilliant Adaptive Cruise Control
April 01, 2011
Perhaps you've read my praise of our Infiniti M56's Intelligent cruise control. If not, the CliffsNotes version follows.
Although not a substitute for simply paying attention, the Infiniti's system does eliminate a great deal of pedal pushing. Same thing for the Equus' active cruise control system. I didn't have a chance to test whether or not it will bring the car to a complete stop and then reaccelerate to a preset speed, but I was close.
I relied on the system to bring the car down to about five mph and then return to speed. It's also a bit better in certain traffic situations than the Infiniti. Say, for example, when someone jumps out of their lane and reduces your space cushion to the car in front. The Equus is less prone to heavy braking here when it's not needed, but will still use the brakes enough to reestablish the gap.
More details as I have a chance to experiment.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor