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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.