How to use Adaptive Cruise Control on Toyota Avalon

The Avalon’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is designed for use when driving on freeways or expressways. This guide shows you how to operate it.

Toyota Avalon fourth generation (XX40; 2012–2018) – (photo by Toyota)

ACC is designed as a comfort system. The strength of the acceleration and the braking intervention are deliberately limited. The driver must therefore remain attentive in all situations despite the support from ACC!


  1. To activate the system, press the on/off button on the end of the stalk on the lower-right side of the steering wheel. The cruise or radar ready indicator will appear in the multi-information display.
  2. Accelerate or decelerate to your intended speed and press the stalk down to set it.
  3. Once set, if you’d like to go faster, move the stalk upward and hold it until you reach the desired speed, then release it.
  4. If you’d like to slow down, push the stalk down and hold it until you reach the desired speed. Once again, release it.
  5. To cancel cruise control, either pull the stalk toward you, tap the brakes, or turn the system off with the on/off button.
  6. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is designed to maintain the preset distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in the same lane ahead. When active, you can change that distance using the radar range button. It’s on the right side of the steering wheel. Press the button repeatedly to cycle through the three distances available. They’re displayed on the multi-information display.
  7. You can disable the distance-holding feature by pushing the cruise control stalk away and holding it until the indicator disappears and the conventional cruise control indicator lights up.
  8. The vehicle-to-vehicle distance control feature cancels automatically when the actual vehicle speed falls below 25 miles an hour.
  9. The preset memory is retained until the speed drops below 10 miles an hour, then it’s cleared, the vehicle stability control steps in to help control lateral loss of traction, the radar sensor behind the grille is covered or blocked, or the brake is applied.
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