We were anxious to experience this Prius V with an adaptive cruise control on a road trip, especially that its an hybrid too. While this road trip was developing there have been myriad comments on adaptive cruise controls and presumably self driving cars.
Needless to mention our experience was even more interesting. In light of all the comments and opinions, many by automotive digerati, Yes...we are huge fans of adaptive cruise controls especially for an extended highway drive.
A 2016 Prius V with the Technology Package which includes the adaptive cruise control.
Toyota hybrids are good sellers in Canada, and obvious that the Prius stands out as the "hybrid" of choice. Agreed you might also come across as a "tree hugger" driving an hybrid. Its a little slower than a comparable 4 cylinder with a turbo, and a multi speed automatic transmission on surface streets. On the highway the combination of gas and electric motor is surprisingly smooth, with good power.
The sound from the gasoline engine is misleading since it does not reflect the level of power going to the front wheels.
Adaptive Cruise Control:
We set the cruise control at our desired speed, and its a cool and revealing experience to drive on the 401 with the Prius controlling its speed.
Some points that caught our attention...
- It recognises motorcycles ahead.
- Completely seamless operation, and with the hybrid system its even more seamless.
- Acceleration is with the electric motor engaging, quiet, no down shifts, no roaring engine.
- Rain - works well even in an aggressive rain shower.
- Curves - similar to other systems coming up to a sharp curve in the road with vehicles, you are the driver not the adaptive cruise control.
- Dealing with construction pylons, temporary guard-rails not a problem.
- Braking is from subtle to aggressive depending on the situation.
- This Prius quickly instilled confidence in the operation of the adaptive cruise control, and driving the car.
- Road position is up to the driver, no system can identify to best road position to maintain your set speed.
The real deal that most folks overlook or are not aware.
Having driven a few 4 cylinder vehicles with a multi speed automatic on the highway with a conventional cruise control. In most instances the moment you engage "resume" after braking, its a down shift, engine revving, upshift and so on. Its quite the process to regain the set speed.
With this Prius V, obvious it slows down and resumes by itself, the electric motor engages, its smooth, quiet, efficient, and fast considering its still a 4 cylinder. If you need a more power simply depress the accelerator a touch.
The hybrid system is seriously adept and seamless on the highway.