Imagine a car that constantly adjusts its suspension in response to changing road conditions in order to ensure a continuously smooth ride. This is basically what adaptive suspension does; it actively changes the configuration of the suspension in order to mitigate the impact of potholes, bumpy roads, and other impediments on the driving experience.
As we’ll explore further in this post, this allows adaptive (or active) suspension to offer drivers a better handling, feel, responsiveness, and safety.
How does adaptive suspension work?
Adaptive (or active) suspension systems use sensors and microprocessors to monitor the road beneath its wheels in real time. A computer reads the data as it’s sent over by the sensors and adjusts the shocks and springs to create a smooth driving experience.
Is adaptive suspension worth the cost?
For those who have a long commute, drive frequently on bumpy roads, or just appreciate the feeling of a seamless drive, adaptive suspension can be well worth the price.
Which vehicles offer adaptive suspension?
As of the time of writing, adaptive suspension is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles.
Acura Active Damper System
Acura’s adaptive suspension is only available on Sport Hybrid models.
Audi Adaptive Damping Suspension
Audi’s adaptive suspension is offered on the 2017 A4 and 2018 S4, A5 and Q5
BMW Adaptive Drive with Variable Damper Control
BMW’s adaptive suspension is available on the 5 Series, 6 Series, X6, and most Alpina models
Buick Continuous Damping Control Active Suspension
Buick’s adaptive suspension is available on the LaCrosse
Cadillac Magnetic Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
Cadillac’s adaptive suspension is an option on the ATS, CTS, and XTS
Dodge Adaptive Damping Suspension
Dodge’s adaptive suspension is offered on the Charger and Challenger
Ford Adaptive Suspension
Ford’s adaptive suspension is offered on the Ford Fusion Sport
Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension
Genesis’ adaptive suspension is available on the G90
GMC Magnetic Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
GMC’s adaptive suspension is available on the Yukon and Sierra 1500
Infiniti Dynamic Digital Suspension
Infiniti’s adaptive suspension is available on the Q50 and Q60
Jeep Adaptive Damping Suspension
Jeep’s adaptive suspension is available on the Grand Cherokee SRT.
Land Rover Adaptive Dynamics with advanced MagneRide
Land Rover’s adaptive suspension is available on the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport
Mercedes-Benz Active Suspension
Mercedes-Benz’ has three different adaptive suspension systems: Agility Control is available on the C-Class, E-Clas, GLC-Class and GLE-Class; AIRMATIC is offered on the S-Class, CLS-Class and GLS-Class; Active Body Control is exclusive to the SL-Class
Porsche Active Suspension Management
Porsche’s adaptive suspension is available on the Cayenne
Toyota Adaptive Variable Suspension
Toyota’s adaptive suspension is offered on the Sequoia
Volkswagen Dynamic Chassis Control
Volkswagen’s adaptive suspension is available on the Golf R
Volvo FOUR-C Active Chassis
Volvo’s adaptive suspension is available on the XC90
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