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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Packed and Powering to AZ

February 21, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

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.

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

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


Comments

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    good thing you didn't take your BMW. That trunk is one pair of shoes only!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Maybe having space to take things you don't really need is nice sometimes...but the more you take, the more you have to pack. And unpack. And lug around. That's a luxury? That's just more work, in my book.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That's why I always prefer to drive if I'm going anywhere west of the Continental Divide. Freedom and scenery are worth the time.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Hah! Try travelling with my sister-in-law. She would see that trunk and say "But where will your stuff go?" That would be for a weekend trip.

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