2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Packed and Powering to AZ
February 21, 2013
We're bound for a long weekend in Phoenix. And on a two-lane stretch of Interstate 10, right about the time it begins its climb to Chiriaco Summit and the trucks start clogging the lanes, we really begin to appreciate the Jaguar's power plant.
The difficulty in this car is not getting the boost you need to pass. It's keeping yourself in check once the road opens up again. The Jaguar is content to lope along at about 90 mph, and it's all too easy to find yourself there without realizing it. Cruise control isn't a convenience in this car. It's a necessity, particularly if you want to avoid a speeding ticket. It doesn't ruin the fun. Too much.
Before we hit the road, we reveled in the fact that we didn't have to be up at dawn, in an airport, taking off our shoes and displaying our Baggies of toiletries. And because we wouldn't be charged $40 for a second bag, we each got a suitcase. That means there was no second-guessing about how many pairs of shoes a woman needs for a five-day trip. (It's five, right?) Once the suitcases were loaded, there was cargo room to spare in the Jaguar's trunk for our technology duffle, a briefcase and laptop case.
In honor of my father-in-law, who loads up his car like the pioneers loaded Conestogas, we called this packing approach the Full Stanley. I'm afraid I could get used to it.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @18,316 miles