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Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2020?

As the auto industry enters a new decade, the onetime imminence of self-driving cars gives way to a humbler reality: Major regulatory and technological hurdles remain before mass-market cars will schlep average folks around nationwide. Early last decade, experts expected mass-market viability by 2025. Now, a January 2020 report by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute predicts widespread, affordable autonomous vehicles won’t come until the 2030s or 2040s.

Related: Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2019?

The good news? Some self-driving features can help ease the burden of your commute or road trip. No current production car in the U.S. can drive while you sleep, read or tweet, but many systems can maintain following distance with the vehicle ahead or keep your car centered in its lane — even down to a stop in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and in some cases without your holding the wheel.

Such capabilities have proliferated. When we began documenting self-driving features across the industry in 2016, only a handful of vehicles had lane-centering steering, and only some of those — mostly from Mercedes-Benz — did so from stop-and-go traffic up to highway speeds. Today, scores of models offer such full-range functionality, some as affordable as a base-model Toyota Corolla. A few BMWs and one Cadillac will even steer, accelerate and brake without your having to hold the wheel (provided a driver-facing camera intuits you’re paying attention).

Which cars have what? We simplified this list for 2020 to include the root nameplates only, so bear in mind that powertrain or body style variants — such as extended-length versions, or high-performance or hybrid variants — may also include the listed feature. In some cases, we singled out certain variants if the feature is exclusive to them: For example, only the all-electric Kia Niro EV, not its gasoline counterpart, has lane-centering steering. But for the most part, we kept things at a high level.

Alphabetically by mass-market brand, here’s is the lay of the self-driving land.

Acura

Lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Acura ILX

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop with lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Acura MDX
  • 2020 Acura RDX
  • 2020 Acura TLX

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Acura RLX

What should I look for?

Acura bundles most driver-assist tech under its AcuraWatch suite of features. Depending on the car, AcuraWatch includes a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, or both. Lane-centering steering via LKAS functions only from 45 mph and above, but the RLX adds Traffic Jam Assist, which incorporates lane-centering steering down to a stop.

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Alfa Romeo

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, plus two new lane-centering steering systems: Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist System. TJA works at speeds up to 37 mph. HAS functions at speeds up to 90 mph but only on GPS-intuited highways.

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Audi

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Audi A3

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Audi A4
  • 2020 Audi A5
  • 2020 Audi A6
  • 2020 Audi A7
  • 2020 Audi A8
  • 2020 Audi E-tron
  • 2020 Audi Q3
  • 2020 Audi Q5
  • 2020 Audi Q7
  • 2020 Audi Q8

What should I look for?

Terminology varies. Lane-centering steering comes by way of Traffic Jam Assist, which works at speeds up to around 40 mph. Active Lane Assist, a separate feature, works at speeds above roughly 40 mph. Characterized by Audi officials as lane centering, ALA is widely offered even on cars that lack TJA, like the A3. Further complicating matters, ALA is offered on Audi’s TT sports car, but it does not include lane-centering steering on that model. For adaptive cruise control, look for Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, sometimes simply called Adaptive Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Assist. It’s available on every model-year 2020 Audi model except the TT and R8.

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BMW

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 BMW 2 Series
  • 2020 BMW 4 Series
  • 2020 BMW i3
  • 2020 BMW X1
  • 2020 BMW X2
  • 2020 BMW Z4

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 BMW 5 Series 
  • 2020 BMW X3
  • 2020 BMW X4

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop, and hands-free steering at lower speeds:

  • 2020 BMW 3 Series
  • 2020 BMW 7 Series
  • 2020 BMW 8 Series
  • 2020 BMW X5
  • 2020 BMW X6
  • 2020 BMW X7

What should I look for?

BMW’s adaptive cruise control that operates all the way to a stop goes by Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go. One step beyond that, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Jam Assist (sometimes called Assistant for both) constitute hands-on, lane-centering steering that can work down to a stop in certain traffic conditions. Finally, Extended Traffic Jam Assistant is a proliferating feature available on some half a dozen models, all of them new or substantially updated, for 2020. ETJA enables hands-free driving on divided highways at speeds up to 40 mph as long as you’re paying attention, something the car intuits with a driver-facing camera; it makes BMW one of two brands on the U.S. market (the other is Cadillac) to offer provisional hands-free driving. In our experience with ETJA, BMW’s system transitions to hands-on lane centering once you exceed 40 mph.

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Buick

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Buick Enclave
  • 2020 Buick Encore GX
  • 2020 Buick Envision
  • 2020 Buick Regal

What should I look for?

Depending on the car, look for Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced or Adaptive Cruise Control-Camera.

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Cadillac

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Cadillac CT4
  • 2020 Cadillac CT5
  • 2020 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2020 Cadillac XT4
  • 2020 Cadillac XT5
  • 2020 Cadillac XT6

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and hands-free steering:

  • 2020 Cadillac CT6 

What should I look for?

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop comes in the form of Cadillac’s Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced or, on the CT5, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. Hands-free lane centering, which works from a stop all the way up to highway speeds on certain highways, comes via Cadillac’s Super Cruise system. Introduced on the 2018 CT6, Super Cruise is no longer the only hands-free steering system in a U.S. production vehicle — BMW now offers the capability at low speeds — but it remains the only one that can do it all the way up to highway speeds. Super Cruise doesn’t relieve you of the need to pay attention and take over if necessary, something the system intuits through a driver-facing camera. Cadillac plans to expand Super Cruise to the 2021 CT4, CT5 and Escalade.

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Chevrolet

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
  • 2020 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2020 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2020 Chevrolet Traverse
  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

What should I look for?

Depending on the car, look for Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced or Adaptive Cruise Control-Camera.

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Chrysler

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Chrysler 300
  • 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop or Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

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Dodge

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Dodge Charger
  • 2020 Dodge Durango

What should I look for?

Depending on the model, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop or Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Stop.

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Ford

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Ford F-150
  • 2020 Ford Fusion
  • 2020 Ford Expedition

Adaptive cruise control and lane centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Ford Edge
  • 2020 Ford Escape
  • 2020 Ford Explorer

What should I look for?

Look for Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, though some owner’s manuals carry simpler designations. Ford expanded lane centering down to a stop for 2020 — for 2019, it was only available on the Edge — for a combination system dubbed Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, or Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. The latter system includes both features.

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Genesis

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Genesis G70
  • 2020 Genesis G80

Adaptive cruise control and lane centering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Genesis G90

What should I look for?

Look for Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assist. In our experience, LKA centers the vehicle above roughly 40 mph; Genesis called it lane centering last year but backed off such designations for 2020, although officials say the system hasn’t changed. It “does a pretty good job of centering the car in the lane,” Genesis representatives told Cars.com in an email, but “the intent of that feature is still at its root to be a lane departure prevention aid — not a driver convenience feature like LFA.”

LFA stands for Lane Following Assist, a feature that debuts in the refreshed G90 sedan. LFA keeps the vehicle centered at speeds up to 95 mph, while a new feature in the G90 called Highway Driving Assist works on “select interstate highways” to add automatic speed adjustment based on speed-limit signs.

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GMC

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 GMC Acadia
  • 2020 GMC Terrain
  • 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced on the Acadia and Adaptive Cruise Control-Camera on the Terrain and Sierra 1500.

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Honda

Lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Honda Fit
  • 2020 Honda HR-V 
  • 2020 Honda Odyssey
  • 2020 Honda Passport
  • 2020 Honda Pilot
  • 2020 Honda Ridgeline

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop with lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Honda Accord
  • 2020 Honda Civic
  • 2020 Honda Clarity
  • 2020 Honda CR-V
  • 2020 Honda Insight

What should I look for?

Honda bundles most driver-assist tech under its Honda Sensing suite of features. Depending on the car, Honda Sensing includes a lane-keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, or both. Note that half a dozen models — the Fit, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline — offer Honda Sensing with adaptive cruise control but not low-speed follow. In those vehicles, adaptive cruise control deactivates below 22 mph.

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Hyundai

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric
  • 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT
  • 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2020 Hyundai Tucson

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Hyundai Ioniq
  • 2020 Hyundai Nexo
  • 2020 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2020 Hyundai Sonata

What should I look for?

Depending on the car, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start or Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. Many such features are packaged into Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of safety and driver-assist features, though SmartSense contents will vary depending on the car. Lane-centering steering proliferates for 2020 — only the Nexo offered it in 2019 — in the form of Lane Following Assist, which can center the vehicle all the way down to a stop. An additional feature called Highway Driving Assist, offered on the Palisade, Ioniq and Sonata, adds traffic-sign recognition for automatic speed-limit adjustment on certain highways.

By contrast, Lane Keep Assist (sometimes Lane Keeping Assist) is a separate feature widely available across affiliated brands Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. Hyundai officials won’t call it lane centering, but in Cars.com’s experience with various LKA-equipped cars from the three brands, LKA does center the car in its lane above moderate speeds. Different cars may have different setups, however, so test-drive them for yourself and see.

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Infiniti

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Infiniti QX60
  • 2020 Infiniti QX80

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop with lane-centering steering at higher speeds only:

  • 2020 Infiniti Q50
  • 2020 Infiniti Q60

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Infiniti QX50

What should I look for?

Infiniti calls its adaptive cruise control with full-stop capabilities Intelligent Cruise Control with Full-Speed Range or some variation of that language. Lane-centering steering at higher speeds on the Q50 and Q60 goes by Active Lane Control, while Infiniti’s most robust system — which includes lane centering all the way down to a stop — comes in the QX50’s available ProPilot Assist.

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Jaguar

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Jaguar E-Pace
  • 2020 Jaguar XE
  • 2020 Jaguar XF

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Jaguar F-Pace
  • 2020 Jaguar I-Pace

What should I look for?

Look for Queue Assist or Stop and Go, both used in conjunction with Jaguar’s adaptive cruise control. The feature constitutes adaptive cruise control down to a stop in slow-moving traffic; Stop and Go functionality automatically resumes if the car ahead starts moving within a few seconds. Lane-centering steering, meanwhile, goes by Steering Assist; it functions from a stop up to 112 mph. Don’t confuse Steering Assist with Lane Keep Assist. Despite going by a similar name as some competitors’ lane-centering systems, Jaguar’s LKA is a separate, widely available system that only intervenes as you approach lane markings.

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Jeep

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2020 Jeep Compass
  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator
  • 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler

What should I look for?

Depending on the model, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop or simply Adaptive Cruise Control. Note that models like the Renegade also offer adaptive cruise control, but only the vehicles above have full-stop capabilities, name similarities notwithstanding.

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Kia

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Kia Cadenza
  • 2020 Kia Niro
  • 2020 Kia Optima
  • 2020 Kia Sedona
  • 2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2020 Kia Stinger

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Kia K900
  • 2020 Kia Niro EV
  • 2020 Kia Telluride

What should I look for?

Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. On the K900, Niro EV and Telluride, lane-centering steering comes in the form of Lane Follow Assist. By contrast, Lane Keep Assist (sometimes Lane Keeping Assist) is a separate feature widely available across affiliated brands Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. Kia officials won’t call it lane centering, but in Cars.com’s experience with various LKA-equipped cars from the three brands, LKA does center the car in its lane above a minimum speed (typically around 40 mph). Different cars may have different setups, however, so test-drive for yourself and see.

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Land Rover

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery
  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

What should I look for?

Look for Queue Assist or Stop and Go, both used in conjunction with Land Rover’s adaptive cruise control. The feature constitutes adaptive cruise control down to a stop in slow-moving traffic; Stop and Go functionality automatically resumes movement if the car ahead starts moving within a few seconds. Lane-centering steering, meanwhile, goes by Steering Assist; it functions from a stop up to 112 mph. Don’t confuse it with Lane Keep Assist; despite going by the same name as some competitors’ lane-centering systems, Land Rover’s LKA is a separate, widely available system that only intervenes as you approach lane markings. As of this writing, Land Rover has yet to share full equipment for the new 2020 Defender.

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Lexus

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Lexus LX

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to stop:

  • 2020 Lexus ES
  • 2020 Lexus GS
  • 2020 Lexus LC
  • 2020 Lexus LS
  • 2020 Lexus NX
  • 2020 Lexus RX
  • 2020 Lexus UX

What should I look for?

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which works down to a stop, though Lexus sometimes also calls it Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Full-Speed Range. Lane-centering steering comes as either Lane-Keeping Assist (GS, LC) or Lane Tracing Assist (ES, LS, NX, RX, UX). Both systems work down to a stop, but LTA is a more advanced function that can trace the path of the car in front, not just lane markings, and keep the vehicle centered on curvier roads.

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Lincoln

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Lincoln Continental
  • 2020 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2020 Lincoln Navigator

Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Lincoln Aviator
  • 2020 Lincoln Corsair
  • 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go. The Aviator, Corsair and Nautilus offer an updated version of Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 system dubbed Co-Pilot360 Plus, which adds lane centering.

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Maserati

Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Maserati Ghibli
  • 2020 Maserati Levante
  • 2020 Maserati Quattroporte

What should I look for?

Maserati’s available Adaptive Cruise Control functions all the way down to a stop. The brand’s Highway Assist System can center the car all the way to a stop, but it only works on highways intuited through GPS. Don’t confuse it with Lane Keep Assist, a separate system that works above 37 mph across a broader spectrum of roads but only intervenes as you approach the lane markings.

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Mazda

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Mazda3
  • 2020 Mazda6
  • 2020 Mazda CX-3
  • 2020 Mazda CX-30
  • 2020 Mazda CX-5
  • 2020 Mazda CX-9

What should I look for?

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go. Mazda offers a Traffic Jam Assist system with low-speed lane-centering steering in some international markets for the Mazda3, but the U.S. isn’t one of them for now.

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Mercedes-Benz

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

    • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

What should I look for?

Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist.

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Mini

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Mini Countryman
  • 2020 Mini Clubman

What should I look for?

Depending on the context, Active Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control.

Mitsubishi

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

What should I look for?

Mitsubishi simply calls it Adaptive Cruise Control.

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Nissan

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Nissan Armada
  • 2020 Nissan Maxima
  • 2020 Nissan Murano
  • 2020 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2020 Nissan Sentra
  • 2020 Nissan Titan
  • 2020 Nissan Versa

Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Nissan Altima
  • 2020 Nissan Leaf
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

What should I look for?

Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range or some derivative — ICC with Full Speed Range and Hold in the Leaf, for example. It’s simply Intelligent Cruise Control in many Nissan models, but the system can bring you to a halt in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Lane centering comes by way of Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop.

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Polestar

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Polestar 1

What should I look for?

Polestar’s Pilot Assist system, which a spokesperson confirmed to Cars.com features the same technology as that found in parent company Volvo’s vehicles and incorporates lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control all the way to a stop.

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Porsche

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Porsche 718
  • 2020 Porsche 911
  • 2020 Porsche Panamera
  • 2020 Porsche Macan

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2020 Porsche Taycan

What should I look for?

Simply, Adaptive Cruise Control. Lane centering goes by Active Lane Keep on the Cayenne, while the Taycan offers Traffic Jam Assist with Active Lane Keeping. Porsche representatives called the Taycan’s lane-centering Active Lane Assist. Whether ALK or ALA, the systems are capable of centering their respective vehicles down to a stop.

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Ram

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Ram 1500
  • 2020 Ram 2500
  • 2020 Ram 3500

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop on the Ram 2500/3500 or Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold on the Ram 1500.

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Subaru

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Subaru Ascent
  • 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
  • 2020 Subaru Impreza
  • 2020 Subaru WRX

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Subaru Forester
  • 2020 Subaru Legacy
  • 2020 Subaru Outback

What should I look for?

Subaru’s EyeSight system, which bundles adaptive cruise control down to a stop with various safety technologies, is available on all models except the BRZ. On the Forester, Legacy and Outback, an updated version of EyeSight adds Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which can center your vehicle all the way down to a stop. Don’t confuse it with EyeSight’s Lane Keep Assist function, which can only apply steering corrections as you approach lane markings; it won’t actively center the vehicle in its lane.

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Tesla

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering down to a stop:

  • 2020 Tesla Model 3
  • 2020 Tesla Model S
  • 2020 Tesla Model X

What should I look for?

Autopilot, Tesla’s wide-reaching semi-autonomous driving system. Although Tesla bills it as a hands-on-the-wheel system, early versions allowed you to drive hands-free for extended periods of time. The automaker has since updated Autopilot’s software on new cars and ones already on the road (via over-the-air software updates) to deactivate itself if it senses drivers’ hands are repeatedly off the wheel. Note that, since Tesla regularly updates significant aspects of its vehicles after you buy them, capabilities in the above cars may change as they’re on the road.

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Toyota

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Toyota Avalon
  • 2020 Toyota Camry
  • 2020 Toyota C-HR
  • 2020 Toyota Prius
  • 2020 Toyota Supra

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to stop:

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander
  • 2020 Toyota RAV4

What should I look for?

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop comes through Toyota’s Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, sometimes called Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control or Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full-speed range — the operative phrase, obviously, being “full-speed.” For lane-centering steering, look for Lane Tracing Assist or Lane Trace Assist, depending on the vehicle.

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Volkswagen

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

  • 2020 Volkswagen Arteon
  • 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • 2020 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and lane-centering steering at lower speeds only:

  • 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

What should I look for?

Volkswagen simply calls it Adaptive Cruise Control, a system capable of stop-and-go following. The Atlas Cross Sport adds available Traffic Jam Assist, which includes lane centering from a standstill up to 37 mph.

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Volvo

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering, both down to a stop:

  • 2020 Volvo S60
  • 2020 Volvo S90
  • 2020 Volvo V60
  • 2020 Volvo V90
  • 2020 Volvo XC40
  • 2020 Volvo XC60
  • 2020 Volvo XC90

What should I look for?

Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, which incorporates lane-centering steering and adaptive cruise control all the way to a stop.

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More About the Systems

Myriad differences exist in the systems listed above, and performance varies widely. In our evaluations, some systems maintain fastidious lane centering and respond smoothly to changing traffic conditions. Others can allow significant wandering in your lane, react suddenly to changing traffic patterns or both. Varying conditions, from weather to road markings, can affect whether — and how well — each system works. It’s a good idea to download the owner’s manual of your prospective car to learn how its self-driving systems work, and ask a dealer specialist for a tutorial when you buy the car. And, of course, pay attention to the road.

Want to know more? Read on.

Adaptive Cruise Control Down to a Stop

This feature builds on basic adaptive cruise control, a decades-old feature that maintains a selectable distance between you and the car ahead. Adaptive cruise that works at higher speeds is widely available, but systems that function down to a full standstill are an important next step toward managing bumper-to-bumper traffic. Such systems can bring you to a full stop in traffic. Some require you to apply the brakes and reaccelerate afterward, while others can resume speed when the car ahead moves within a given timeframe.

Lane-Centering Steering

This goes beyond lane-departure steering assist, which intervenes only as you approach or cross the lane markings — and often pinballs you back toward the opposite markings — to actively center the vehicle in its lane by tracking lane markings, the vehicle ahead or some combination of the two. Such systems can often negotiate mild curves, as well, but nearly all of them require you to keep your hands on the wheel, issuing warnings and eventually deactivating if they sense a lack of steering force after a short time. Many lane-centering steering systems will also deactivate if lane markings disappear, which often occurs with construction zones, merging lanes or poorly marked roads. Some systems operate only above or below a certain speed threshold, but most modern systems now function from a stop all the way up to highway speeds.

Hands-Free Steering

This centers the car without your hands on the wheel. For 2020, only two systems — Cadillac’s Super Cruise and BMW’s Extended Traffic Jam Assistant — do this. Both require you to pay attention, intuited via driver-facing cameras.

Attention-Free Driving

Conditional automated driving, where your car putters along in specific situations and you don’t have to pay attention, was to come with Audi’s new Traffic Jam Pilot, a feature made possible in low-speed traffic through some two dozen camera, radar, sonic and laser sensors on the brand’s flagship A8 sedan. (You’d have to be able to take over if the system determined that conditions required it, so you couldn’t, for example, take a nap.) But regulatory challenges stymied the technology for the U.S. market, so, as of now, the A8 — or any other Audi in the U.S., for that matter — does not offer TJP. As of yet, no production car in the U.S. has advanced to this point.

Editor’s note: This story was updated March 12, 2020, to reflect that lane centering from Jaguar and Land Rover works down to a stop.

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