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