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02-08-2016, 01:06 AM #1
Cruise Control Question
I often drive on open mountainous interstate quality highways. I was shocked to find that the cruise control on both my new F-150 and this MKZ will shift down to a lower gear to slow the vehicle on steeper downhills (!) I prefer the "old" style cruise control that lets the vehicle coast faster than the cruise setting. I do not like the idea of losing gas mileage by artificially downshifting. This forces me currently to keep turning cruise control off and on. Sure, the mileage impact is negligible but I just detest the idea of downshifting when in cruise control.
Anyone out there know if this is a setting or if there is a way to change the behavior of the cruise control? The owner's manual offers no clue.
Note the F-150 is NOT adaptive and the MKZ does have radar and is adaptive.
02-08-2016, 10:44 AM #2
An update: Just talked to the dealer and they say that this intrusive, over-reaching feature is "the way it is." There are no settings that offer an ability to revert to old-style cruise control which simply coasts or allows higher than the set speed going downhill. Not only does this hurt gas mileage (slightly) it also increases wear (slightly.) One of those cases where you have to wonder what the design discussion was like among engineers before doing this.
02-08-2016, 04:12 PM #3
Sounds like if you want that lesser intrusive feature, you may just have to buy an older car!
02-08-2016, 06:13 PM #4
02-09-2016, 10:00 AM #5
02-09-2016, 10:14 AM #6Junior Member
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- Jan 2016
Use the cancel and resume button... Fuel waste on a hill? What ware you driving down Mount McKinley daily?
02-09-2016, 10:25 AM #7
02-10-2016, 09:58 AM #8
02-11-2016, 12:08 PM #9
Me too. I travel western MD I-68 and US 48 -- new 4 lane, wide open, in mountains of WV quite often. Bugs me every trip. Around home in southern MD never comes up of course.
02-18-2016, 05:37 PM #10Member
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- Oct 2015
Hit the "N" and coast to 100 MPH!
Nah, the CC button is all we have.