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Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2017?

2017 Honda Ridgeline

CARS.COM — No production car in the U.S. fully drives itself all the time, but plenty of cars you can buy right now can do some driving tasks in select circumstances — what the industry would call "Level 1" or "Level 2" capabilities in the broadly accepted six-level classification of self-driving capabilities by SAE International. At those levels, the human driver is responsible and needs hands on the steering wheel. But the current vehicles, while not self-driving cars, are incorporating sensors and features that are building blocks on the way to autonomous vehicles.

Here's what every major automaker offers for the 2017 model year.

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BMW Group

BMW Group also includes Mini. Every BMW and Mini (both brands under the BMW Group) except the Z4 and i8 offers at least some degree of automation through the automaker's self-steering for parallel parking and, in most cases, adaptive cruise control, cruise control that maintains speed as allowed by driving conditions and traffic.

Self-parking steering:

  • 2017 BMW 2 Series
  • 2017 BMW X1

Adaptive cruise control and self-parking steering:

  • 2017 BMW 3 Series
  • 2017 BMW 4 Series
  • 2017 BMW 6 Series
  • 2017 BMW X3
  • 2017 BMW X4
  • 2017 BMW X5
  • 2017 BMW X6
  • 2017 Mini Clubman
  • 2017 Mini Convertible
  • 2017 Mini Countryman
  • 2017 Mini Hardtop

For three BMWs (the 5 Series, 7 Series and the electric i3), the parking system automates the steering plus the gas and brakes to get into a parking space — a rarity among self-parking cars — to get into the parking spot. BMW's Traffic Jam Assistant, meanwhile, includes lane-centering steering and full-speed adaptive cruise control.

Self-parking steering, acceleration and brakes:

  • 2017 BMW i3

Self-parking steering, acceleration and brakes plus lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 BMW 5 Series
  • 2017 BMW 7 Series

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

FCA's U.S. brands are Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram. The automaker does not currently offer any lane-centering steering program, an FCA spokesman told us.

Adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • 2017 Chrysler 300
  • 2017 Dodge Charger
  • 2017 Dodge Durango
  • 2017 Fiat 500X
  • 2017 Jeep Compass (redesign)
  • 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade

Self-park steering and adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Chrysler 200
  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
  • 2017 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2017 Jeep Compass (redesign)

Ford

Ford includes Lincoln, the automaker's luxury division. Among both brands, these cars offer a park assist with self-park steering:

  • 2017 Ford Focus
  • 2017 Ford C-Max

These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Ford Mustang
  • 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty

These cars offer self-park steering and adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Ford Edge
  • 2017 Ford Escape
  • 2017 Ford Explorer
  • 2017 Ford Taurus
  • 2017 Ford F-150
  • 2017 Ford Flex
  • 2017 Ford Fusion
  • 2017 Lincoln Continental
  • 2017 Lincoln MKC
  • 2017 Lincoln MKT
  • 2017 Lincoln MKX
  • 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Ford offers a corrective steering program on some cars, but it's strictly lane departure steering — not a true lane-centering steering system that automatically keeps the car centered in the lane, the automaker confirmed.

GM

GM's U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2017 Buick Regal
  • 2017 Cadillac ATS
  • 2017 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2017 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2017 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2017 GMC Yukon
  • 2017 GMC Yukon XL

These cars have adaptive cruise control and parking with self-park steering:

  • 2017 Buick Envision
  • 2017 Cadillac CTS
  • 2017 Cadillac CT6
  • 2017 Cadillac XT5
  • 2017 Cadillac XTS
  • 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt

Some GM cars have a lane keep assist feature that applies steering to mitigate lane departure, but "none are designed to steer the vehicle without the driver's hands on the wheel," spokesman Tom Wilkinson told us.

Honda

Honda includes Acura, the automaker's luxury division. Honda offers lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control with its Honda Sensing and AcuraWatch packages, respectively. These packages of self-driving technology are available on a wide range of cars:

  • 2017 Acura ILX
  • 2017 Acura MDX
  • 2017 Acura RDX
  • 2017 Acura RLX
  • 2017 Acura TLX
  • 2017 Honda Accord
  • 2017 Honda Civic
  • 2017 Honda CR-V
  • 2017 Honda Pilot
  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Hyundai and Kia

Hyundai and Kia are affiliated Korean automakers, and Genesis is Hyundai's new luxury brand. Among the three, these cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Genesis G80
  • 2017 Genesis G90
  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • 2017 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2017 Kia Cadenza
  • 2017 Kia K900
  • 2017 Kia Optima
  • 2017 Kia Sedona
  • 2017 Kia Sorento

No cars from Hyundai, Genesis or Kia offer parking. In 2016, Hyundai told us its Lane-Keeping Assist system — available at the time on the 2017 Elantra and 2016 Genesis (which became the 2017 Genesis G80) — constituted lane-centering steering. But Hyundai later clarified that the earlier information it gave us was incorrect: "There is an element of 'lane drift' in how this technology is currently deployed," spokesman Miles Johnson wrote in an email on Feb. 22. "Sustained latitudinal control does not occur."

The 2017 Kia Forte, by contrast, employs an optional Lane Keep Assist System that actively steers the car down the center of the road, given the right speed and conditions. A Kia spokesman confirmed that the system constitutes SAE Level 2 self-driving capability — an indication that it's a lane-centering approach.

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar and Land Rover are affiliated luxury brands. These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Jaguar XJ

These cars offer adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering:

  • 2017 Jaguar XE
  • 2017 Jaguar XF
  • 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery
  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • 2017 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Mazda

These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Mazda3
  • 2017 Mazda6
  • 2017 Mazda CX-3
  • 2017 Mazda CX-5
  • 2017 Mazda CX-9

These cars offer adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering:

  • 2017 Mazda3
  • 2017 Mazda6

Note that at the time of publication, Mazda had not yet released information on the availability of Lane Keep Assist, a steering system the automaker confirmed qualifies as a lane-centering system, on the CX-9 or CX-5 for 2017.

Mercedes-Benz

These Mercedes-Benz cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 G-Class
  • 2017 CLA-Class
  • 2017 GLA-Class
  • 2017 SLC-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT

On all but the E-Class, Mercedes' self-parking system steers but doesn't control the gas and brakes; parking is available on all cars except the G-Class and AMG GT, spokesman Brian Cotter said. On the E-Class, the self-parking car system works the steering, gas and brakes.

Lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control, marketed under Mercedes' Distronic Plus system, is available on these cars:

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi offers adaptive cruise control on the Outlander.

Nissan

Nissan includes Infiniti, the automaker's luxury brand. These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Infiniti Q70
  • 2017 Infiniti QX50
  • 2017 Infiniti QX60
  • 2017 Infiniti QX70
  • 2017 Infiniti QX80
  • 2017 Nissan Altima
  • 2017 Nissan Armada
  • 2017 Nissan Maxima
  • 2017 Nissan Murano
  • 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2017 Nissan Rogue
  • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
  • 2017 Nissan Sentra

These cars offer adaptive cruise control and self-park steering:

  • 2017 Infiniti QX30

These cars offer adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, marketed under Infiniti's Active Lane Control:

  • 2017 Infiniti Q50
  • 2017 Infiniti Q60

Subaru

Subaru offers a lane departure steering system but not true lane-centering steering. These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  • 2017 Subaru Forester
  • 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • 2017 Subaru Legacy
  • 2017 Subaru Outback
  • 2017 Subaru WRX

Tesla

Tesla's Autopilot is a system that incorporates adaptive cruise control, lane-center steering and self-park steering, acceleration and brakes. It's available on these cars:

  • 2017 Model S
  • 2017 Model X

Toyota

Toyota includes Lexus, the automaker's luxury division. The automaker told us in 2016 that its Lane Trace Control functioned as lane-centering steering but has since reversed course on that claim. Spokesman Victor Vanov told us March 14 that Toyota's active steering system only constitutes a lane departure steering system, not a true lane-centering system.

These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Lexus CT
  • 2017 Lexus ES
  • 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid
  • 2017 Lexus GS
  • 2017 Lexus GS Hybrid
  • 2017 Lexus GS F
  • 2017 Lexus GX
  • 2017 Lexus IS
  • 2017 Lexus LS
  • 2017 Lexus LX
  • 2017 Lexus NX
  • 2017 Lexus RC
  • 2017 Lexus RX
  • 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid
  • 2017 Toyota Avalon
  • 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • 2017 Toyota Camry
  • 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 2017 Toyota Mirai
  • 2017 Toyota Prius
  • 2017 Toyota Prius v
  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
  • 2017 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2017 Toyota Sienna

These cars offer adaptive cruise control and self-park steering:

  • 2017 Toyota Prius

Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group also includes the Audi and Porsche brands. These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Audi A3/S3
  • 2017 Audi A6/S6
  • 2017 Audi A7/S7/RS 7
  • 2017 Audi A8/S8
  • 2017 Porsche 718
  • 2017 Porsche 911
  • 2017 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2017 Porsche Macan
  • 2017 Porsche Panamera
  • 2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

These cars offer self-park steering and adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Audi's Traffic Jam Assist feature incorporates lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control. It's available on these cars:

  • 2017 Audi A4
  • 2017 Audi Q7

Audi says a slew of cars — the A3/S3, A6/S6, A7/S7/RS 7 and A8/S8 — offer lane-centering steering with a feature called Active Lane Assist, but it cautions that this feature is less advanced than Traffic Jam Assist, which coordinates steering with acceleration and brakes in stop-and-go traffic for what Audi considers SAE Level 2 status.

Volvo

These cars offer adaptive cruise control:

  • 2017 Volvo XC60

These offer adaptive cruise control and self-park steering:

  • 2017 Volvo S60
  • 2017 Volvo V60

Volvo's Pilot Assist incorporates lane-centering steering, adaptive cruise control and self-park steering:

  • 2017 Volvo XC90
  • 2017 Volvo S90
  • 2017 Volvo V90

Why Isn't Automatic Emergency Braking or Lane Departure Steering Part of This?

Those systems only take over in very particular — and often emergency — situations, so SAE International doesn't consider them part of its paradigm for self-driving vehicles. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is an important safety feature and something most automakers have vowed to include standard by 2022. But it's not part of the driverless car paradigm. The same goes for corrective steering aids that only nudge the wheel back when you're drifting out of your lane. Many automakers offer such steering aids, but SAE told Cars.com in 2016 that it does not consider them a self-driving feature.

Of course, bona fide lane-centering steering systems vary widely in their effectiveness as well as how long they allow the car to drive without your hands on the steering wheel. Some require you to hold the steering wheel every few seconds, while others can go much longer in the right circumstances. Andy Christensen, a senior manager of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research at Nissan's Technical Center North America, told us in 2016 that he thought no lane-centering steering systems should qualify as a self-driving feature until they're good enough to offer sustained, hands-off control.

Suffice it to say that all of these features vary in effectiveness and usage situations, and at this point, none of them are substitutes for an attentive driver. So pay attention, even if your car can drive itself for certain periods.

Editor's note: This post was updated March 29, 2017, with additional information from Mini.

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