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2012 Family Cars With Auto-Dry Brakes


2012 Cadillac SRX

2012 Cadillac SRX

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Safety isn’t something you should compromise on in a family car. What we don’t often think about, however, is how a car’s brakes perform in the rain. With auto-dry brakes, that concern is all but forgotten.

What 2012 family cars have auto-dry brakes? We took a look and came up with the following list.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, this safety feature is part of the car’s standard advanced braking system, which includes predictive brake priming, automatic brake drying, hill start assist, and hill-hold. In the rain, automatic brake drying periodically applies the brakes, just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs.

2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Modern Line

2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Modern Line

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2012 BMW 3-Series

It’s not called the “ultimate driver’s car” without good reason. Part of what makes driving a 2012 BMW 3-Series so satisfying has to be how confident the driver feels knowing that the enhanced braking system on all 3-Series models (and all other BMW models, as well) will do the job, rain or shine. If it’s raining, the system dries off the rotors. This is all part of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which includes brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, and brake stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).

2012 Cadillac SRX

2012 Cadillac SRX

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2012 Cadillac SRX

For the 2012 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover, there’s a new optional feature called Rain Sense Assist, or auto-dry brakes, as they’re more commonly known. Rain Sense Assist technology works with StabiliTrak, anti-lock brakes and traction control. Specifically, auto-dry brakes work with the RainSense automatic windshield wiper system on the SRX, or when the driver manually activates the standard windshield wipers. The vehicle has to have traveled over 20 mph continuously for more than four miles without using the cruise control. Then, the StabiliTrak hardware generates a slight amount of hydraulic pressure which, in turn, pulses pressure to the brake calipers at intervals to wipe water from the brake rotors while the car is moving. The auto-dry brakes were designed to apply pressure to all four disc brakes at roughly six kilometer intervals, while the accelerator is applied.

2012 Audi Q5

2012 Audi Q5

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2012 Audi Q7

2012 Audi Q7

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2012 Audi Q5 and Q7

The mid-size five-passenger 2012 Audi Q5 luxury crossover and the 2012 Audi Q7 seven-passenger full-size luxury SUV both have auto-dry brakes as part of the braking system. In wet conditions, the disc wiping system gently pulses brakes to help remove water buildup. The most effective braking results from keeping the discs as dry as possible. In addition, the brake system is able to detect the driver’s attempt at full braking and can apply full stopping power when required. The advantage of this is that braking distance is significantly reduced.

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Comments (4)
  1. You realize Suzanne, that both the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger also have Rain Brake Support (as well as Ready Alert Braking) as standard equipment?

    Which is more of a story since neither of these are luxury vehicles, not to mention the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee that also include this feature as standard. Not every family has $50K to buy a car, so I guess you only care about the 1% families. Good luck with that.

    http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=10241&mid=&searchresult

    Rain Brake Support: System uses the ESC pump to occasionally push brake pads lightly against brake rotors in rainy conditions in order to keep rotors dry
     
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  2. @ Chris Bailey - Thanks for your comments. Since it certainly was not our intent to exclude other family vehicles with auto-dry brakes, we will do another story that includes the ones you mention. Thanks again for sharing.
     
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  3. @ Chris Bailey - Thanks for your comments. Since it certainly was not our intent to exclude other family vehicles with auto-dry brakes, we will do another story that includes the ones you mention. Thanks again for sharing.
     
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  4. Suzanne, a sincere thank you for your follow-up article on the Chrysler vehicles with these similar features. Much appreciated.
     
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