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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back from a 2wk road trip in the TH we bought at the end of June.

Prior to the road trip we'd just pottered around Dallas and participated in one off-road event (see link here).

Basically the route was (these were the stop-overs): Dallas > El Paso > Tucson > Los Angeles > San Francisco > Lone Pine > Kingman > Dolores (CO) > Santa Rosa > Dallas.

Total mileage 4,519
Gas Consumption 22.7 mpg
Max interstate cruising speed (6mph above posted speed)

Before going on the trip I was concerned about sluggish downshifts when wanting to accelerate quickly and the gas consumption .

We experienced many driving conditions - heavy rain, heat, interstate, local and city, long straight stretches, inclines and descent together with tight turns and sweeping curves - you name it, this road trip included pretty much every driving condition you can expect except for snow and ice.

The TH is an outstanding vehicle and a great all rounder however there was really only enough room for me and my wife to haul our luggage, clothes hanging on a rail, a small cooler, all the usual junk you collect (snacks, etc.), various cameras and purchases acquitted along the way. My concerns continue to exist; I really wanted to see 24mpg and the only way to accelerate quickly enough to pass with safety was to select SPORTS Mode.

The ride was smooth no matter what the road surface, etc. although you do have to be a little careful when cornering at high speed - you need to keep and eye on the road camber and decreasing curves.

We finally got used to the quirks in the Nav system i.e. it doesn't calculate arrival time based on the destination time zone and you have to reset the state when doing searches for addresses and cities. These may sound obvious but Google is infinitely more mature, detailed and easier to use. Uconnect continually informs you of congestion ahead (relevant or not) but doesn't appear to recommend alternate routes (maybe I missed something here).

Mileage/Gas Range might be a good idea as a default on the information console rather than having to scroll to the consumption/performance screen, a small detail but kinda important for most driving situations.

That's pretty much it. Despite my moans and groans I love this vehicle. It's my first Jeep and ignoring a month or so driving a 2012 Evoque, this is the first cross-over SUV I've owned. I'd still prefer to have a new Evoque (just because), but I don't have money to throw away - there is no doubt that the Jeep Cherokee TH is great value for money .
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Sounds like a great trip...thanks for sharing.

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Uconnect continually informs you of congestion ahead (relevant or not) but doesn't appear to recommend alternate routes (maybe I missed something here).
On a few occasions I've had the nav pop up to inform me of an accident on my route and asked if I wanted to re-route. I haven't figured out if it only re-routes if an accident occurs, or if it will offer to re-route if the congestion is bad enough and an alternate route is faster. My guess is the former is true, but I don't have enough data points to support that.
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On a few occasions I've had the nav pop up to inform me of an accident on my route and asked if I wanted to re-route. I haven't figured out if it only re-routes if an accident occurs, or if it will offer to re-route if the congestion is bad enough and an alternate route is faster. My guess is the former is true, but I don't have enough data points to support that.
I am not versed 100 % on this Nav. system.
On my last 2 trips it did route me around bad congestion with out asking.
Backups, it just warned me to expect them between like exits 45-47.

Pretty cool system!
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I am not versed 100 % on this Nav. system.
On my last 2 trips it did route me around bad congestion with out asking.
Backups, it just warned me to expect them between like exits 45-47.

Pretty cool system!


I've read in other posts that the Nav system had saved the day and avoided congestion or accidents, but apart from warnings of upcoming traffic jams, we didn't observe any indication of re-routing or the need to accept an alternative route. There was plenty of opportunity for this type of feature especially when driving in LA.


It maybe that the route is recalculated on an ongoing basis without the driver being aware, after all the best system would require minimal interaction while in motion :-)
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Nice trip report. Thanks for letting us see your Jeep performance notes..

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I've read in other posts that the Nav system had saved the day and avoided congestion or accidents, but apart from warnings of upcoming traffic jams, we didn't observe any indication of re-routing or the need to accept an alternative route. There was plenty of opportunity for this type of feature especially when driving in LA.


It maybe that the route is recalculated on an ongoing basis without the driver being aware, after all the best system would require minimal interaction while in motion :-)
I believe that is what happened. 6 weeks later I took the same way and it did not reroute me. The only difference was there was no bridge work over the Des Plaines river on I 55 going to Chicago.. And that will back up traffic for miles!
The only issue I have now is how to keep it and the XM that comes with it without paying the full freight on the package. I also like the travel link that can be optioned into the package.
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Sounds like a great trip. And I agree with you about the storage space being small for even 2 people. We do carry an electric chest cooler, along with our cameras, clothes, etc. but there is no room left in the back seat once we are packed, even for a long weekend. Definitely not a family car!
We do have the EVIC set to show our speed but it also shows consumption and remaining range in the upper corners, very useful info to have on hand. Check the manual as it can be done.

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Nice trip report. I will be going on an 800 mile trip to the Carolinas next month and am eager to see how the Cherokee will perform !
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