But I am curious, how others feel about using the Adaptive Cruise Control? and with the extra features do you think it's worth the add? (I've probably already answered that one in my head)
My wife also has adaptive cruise on her SUV which I drive frequently. There are pros and cons.
I have found that Ford OE cruise control of the last few generations is very good at maintaining an accurate speed. One of my pet peeves is, on long trips, fellow commuters who cannot seem to figure out what speed they want to travel at... I have my cruise set, pass them, then 5 minutes later they pass me, then I pass them again, on and on. Toyota especially (please hold your hate mail, yes I have owned Toyota/Lexus vehicles and have verified this) seem to be really bad at maintaining an accurate speed, especially up or down hills. Or, their drivers refuse to use the speed control their vehicle certainly has. Anyway, using the adaptive cruise control turns me into 'that guy'; I get behind a slower moving vehicle and my car slows down and maintains a safe distance without my realization. Then, the car I just passed passes me and I realize I've slowed down more than I wanted so I move back over, and eventually pass them again. Yes, now I'm the guy I get really annoyed by and end up saying "sorry" multiple times during a road trip.
So Yes, it makes me less attentive to what is actually happening around me.
I Also realize I shouldn't care what the other guy is doing as long as it does not impact me in a negative way, but you all know. You've all been behind the guy who cannot figure out which lane he wants to be in or how fast he should travel in a given lane (usually because on their phone), and they slow you down multiple times or cut you off!
I don't want to be 'that guy' so I went without the adaptive cruise control. I'll drive my vehicle, not be driven by it. That way if I torque someone's nuts, it is because I did it and cannot be blamed on my vehicles "enhanced features".