How do I use cruise control* while driving my Ford?

The cruise controls are on the steering wheel**. Cruise Control lets you maintain a set speed without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal when activated. You can use Cruise Control when your vehicle speed exceeds 20 mph.

Using Cruise Control

Select your type of cruise control from the drop-down options below for instructions on how to use it.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control lets you set a cruising speed and distance from the vehicle ahead of you. When it slows down, you automatically do too. When traffic picks back up, you resume your preset speed and distance. 

Watch the video or read the instructions below to learn how to use this feature.

Choosing an Adaptive Cruise Control Mode

  1. Select Driver Assist on your instrument cluster using the five-way steering wheel controls**.
  2. Select Cruise Control.
  3. Choose Adaptive to enable Adaptive Cruise Control.

    Note: To use conventional cruise control, choose Normal††.

Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control Speed

  1. Press ON on the cruise control switch on your steering wheel.
  2. Drive at your desired speed.
  3. Press and release the SET+ button.
  4. Take your foot off the accelerator.

The speed control system indicator light will illuminate when you turn Adaptive Cruise Control on. The color of the indicator changes to indicate the system's status.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go

Adaptive Cruise Control lets you maintain a preset speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. This feature can even help you come to a complete stop.

The cruise controls are on the steering wheel**.

Choosing an Adaptive Cruise Control mode

  1. Select Driver Assist on your instrument cluster using the five-way steering wheel controls.
  2. Select Cruise Control.
  3. Choose Adaptive to enable Adaptive Cruise Control.

    Note: To use conventional cruise control, choose Normal††.

Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control speed

  1. Press ON on the cruise control switch on your steering wheel.*
  2. Drive at your desired speed.
  3. Press SET.
  4. Take your foot off the accelerator.

The speed control system indicator light speed control system indicator light symbol illuminates when you turn Adaptive Cruise Control on. The color of the indicator changes to indicate the system status.

  • White indicates Adaptive Cruise Control is on but inactive.
  • Green indicates that you set the speed and Adaptive Cruise Control is active.

Canceling Adaptive Cruise Control

Press the Cancel (CNCL) button on the steering wheel or apply the brakes*.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering can detect lane markings that help you keep your vehicle centered in the lane.

Lane Centering only activates when all of the following occur:

  • You have Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go turned on
  • Your hands are on the steering wheel
  • The system detects both lane markings

Notes: 

  • The system checks for slight movements of the steering wheel to verify that your hands are on the wheel. When the system is active and detects no steering activity for a certain period of time, the system alerts you to put your hands on the steering wheel. If you do not react to the warnings, the system cancels and slows your vehicle down to idle speeds while maintaining steering control.
  • If it does not detect valid lane markings, the system stays inactive until valid markings are available. You can override the system at any time by steering your vehicle.

Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control speed

  1. Press ON on the cruise control switch on your steering wheel*.
  2. Drive at your desired speed.
  3. Press and release SET+.
  4. Take your foot off the accelerator.

Turning on Lane Centering

Press the Lane Centering button  Lane Centering button on your steering wheel. 
Steering column with Lane Centering button highlighted
 

An indicator light will appear on your information display. The color of the indicator changes to indicate the system status. Green means the system is active and is applying steering assistance. Gray indicates that the system is on but inactive. 
Information display with green Lane Centering icon highlighted

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control combines Speed Sign Recognition with Adaptive Cruise Control to adjust the cruise set speed to the speed limit detected by the speed sign recognition system. For example, if the Speed Sign Recognition system detects a 50 mph speed limit, the cruise set speed is updated to 50 mph.

Watch the video below to learn how to use this feature.

Additional Information

What is Speed Sign Recognition?
What do I do if Lane Centering is not working?


 *Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle. See your Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.

**Location and appearance of buttons may vary. See your Owner's Manual for information specific to your vehicle.

Feature is available on select vehicles. Features may vary based on model year, trim, options, packages, and supply availability. Use the Build and Price tool to view feature availability on current models. If you have questions or need more information, reference your Owner's Manual or contact your Ford Dealer. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle. Refer to your Owner's Manual for details and limitations.

††Normal Cruise Control will not brake when your vehicle is approaching slower vehicles. Always be aware of which mode you have selected and apply brakes when necessary.