Econ Mode and Cruise Control are VERY different from each other.
Here is what the Econ Mode Does:
Throttle Response- In order to reduce fuel consumption during acceleration, the throttle slows the rate at which your vehicle increases in speed. It does not affect acceleration from very high or very low speeds, confining its impact to the middle range.
Cruise Control- If your vehicle is on cruise control, the Econ mode limits its ability to shift down gear. This may slow the car down when climbing up an incline, but it yields significant reductions in energy use.
Air Conditioning- The Econ button causes the air conditioner to switch off more frequently and blow more slowly, thereby using only the minimum amount of fuel necessary to cool the cabin. This limits the rate at which a hot cabin becomes cooler, but has minimal impact once the cabin is already cool.
Transmission- The Econ button alters the shift points for your transmission, distributing power more efficiently throughout the car.
By activating and deactivating these features, the Econ button empowers you to balance performance and sustainability as you see fit. Based on the price of fuel, your performance needs, and your concern for the environment, you can decide when and how often to use it.
Here is what Cruise Control does:
- Can be engaged after the car crosses 43 km/h. Will not engage at speeds lower than this.
- Allows you release the accelerator and drive the car at a speed of your choosing.
- Speed can be increased by + and - buttons on the steering.
- Disengages when you press the brake
- The car tries to maintain your desired speed even if going up or down inclines by automatically shifting gears up and down.