2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Auto High-Beams Work Great

January 10, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The adaptive high-beams on our long-term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 were by far my favorite feature during my holiday road trip to Colorado.

It certainly helps that the Jeep's bi-xenon headlights throw plenty of light on the road to begin with — the low-beams were perfectly adequate to begin with. But when traveling on poorly lit ranch roads near Brighton, Colorado, and on dark stretches of Utah's U.S. 191 and Arizona's I-40 at night, the high-beams were helpful, especially when it started snowing.

I know it's not that hard to click the high-beams on and off, but I enjoyed the convenience of letting the Jeep handle that. Occasionally, on the ranch roads, which were narrow with lots of dips and turns, it would dim the lights a little late when opposing traffic approached. On the highway, though, its timing was generally spot-on. Really, this setup works just as well as the auto high-beam feature available on the current BMWs, and it's one more little thing to help justify our Grand Cherokee SRT8's $62,880 price tag.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 18,094 miles

Read the previous installments from the Grand Cherokee SRT8's Colorado road trip:
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Colorado Road Trip Fuel Economy
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: We Finally Drove It In Snow
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Climbing Vail Pass
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Long-Term Test: The Ride to Colorado

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