How to Use Mazda Radar Cruise Control

Use Mazda Radar Cruise Control’s Distance Recognition for Easy Highway Driving

How to Use Mazda Radar Cruise Control

If your vehicle is equipped with it, you’ll definitely want to learn how to use the Mazda Radar Cruise Control. This system makes highway driving long distances much more relaxing. We’ll guide you through the controls while also providing you with an explanation of how the system works and what it does.

What Is the Mazda Radar Cruise Control System?

So, first of all, what is the Mazda Radar Cruise Control system? Like any other cruise control technology, the system will maintain your set speed, but with one major exception.

Radar Cruise Control will also monitor vehicles in front of you. In doing so, the vehicle uses this data to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front of you, lowering your speed if necessary. This allows you to keep a safe following distance from any vehicle ahead without having to turn off cruise control or override the system manually. Therefore the system has two modes: Constant Speed Mode for maintaining just your speed and Headway Control Mode for maintaining a distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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How Does Mazda Radar Cruise Control Work?

The Radar Cruise Control system probably isn’t that much different from what you’re used to, and it’s easy to learn. Here’s how it works.

To turn on the cruise control, just use the buttons on the right side of the steering wheel. Pressing the “ON” switch will turn the system on.

mazda radar cruise control indicator lightsTo set your speed, simply press either the SET + or SET – buttons on the steering wheel. You’ll notice that the cruise control speed and distance indicators show up in the Active Driving Display. To adjust your preferred distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, use the arrow switches on the steering wheel, pushing the “up” arrow for a shorter distance and the “down” arrow for a longer distance. Up to four distances can be selected according to the guide below (which assumes a speed of 50 mph):

  • Long (four distance bars): about 164 ft.
  • Medium (three distance bars): about 131 ft.
  • Short (two distance bars): about 98 ft.
  • Extremely Short (one distance bar): about 82 ft.

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Now that you know how to use the Mazda Radar Cruise Control system and understand how it works, highway driving should be much more comfortable. If you run into any questions along the way, feel free to contact us at Mazda of Lodi.