More On Adaptive Cruise Control - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: More On Adaptive Cruise Control

May 9, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

Our 2013 Lexus GS 350 is equipped with adaptive cruise control (as part of the optional Pre Collision system), which can adjust the vehicle's cruising speed based on vehicles ahead. If you're looking to buy a GS and are wondering about whether to get adaptive cruise control, I have a few observations.

In an earlier update on our 2013 Lexus GS 350, Jason Kavanagh noted how it's possible to switch between "normal" cruise control and adaptive cruise control. I really like this option. Typically when a car is equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC), that's all you get. There are certain traffic situations where I really like ACC (such as heavy, rush-hour traffic) and others (ironically, less congested interstate cruising) when I find normal cruise control to be preferable.

As for the ACC system itself, it operates in a pretty typical fashion. There are three different distances that can be set, and it's easy to operate and input speeds thanks to Lexus/Toyota's ubiquitous cruise control stalk. The one thing I've noticed is that the ACC system shuts off once the GS's speed drops to below 25 mph, so it can't bring the GS to a complete stop in traffic. Many rival ACC systems can do this.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,957 miles

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