Navigation System's Screen Is Too Small - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long-Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Navigation System's Screen Is Too Small

January 24, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

One irritation during my December road trip in our long-term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was its navigation system's ridiculously small screen. It's only 6.5 inches measured diagonally. Plus, there are so many touchscreen "buttons" crammed onto it that it's hard to see exactly where you are at a glance.

You can press the orange arrow to clear away a bunch of those buttons to try to get a better view, but the map still just looks small with minimal detail whether you set the scale at 700 feet or 2 miles (or half a mile as I did here). And when you choose the minimalist display, you no longer get the bit of text that shows the street you're currently on, obviously not what I wanted when driving in unfamiliar areas.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The other thing we noticed is that when we left the screen on the Automatic brightness setting, it would never dim to a Night setting when it got dark. This frustrated my husband, and he would go into the settings and manually select Night (there's also a Day setting of course).

This worked fine, except we'd forget to change the setting back when stopping for the night. The next morning we'd get into the Jeep in bright, sunny motel parking lots and we couldn't see the display at all. It was so washed out that I'd have to peer at it super closely and retrace the buttons to the display settings menu based partly on memory.

Thank goodness, Jeep is going to remedy this for the 2014 model year, as the Jeep Grand Cherokees at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show had a new dash with an 8-inch display. I'm including a couple of photos of it below. Certainly, the maps will be better to look at in the 2014 model, and I certainly hope the display will dim and brighten properly as well.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Erin Riches, Senior Editor


  • i really like the look of the new interface. Obviously its been around a few years now with the 300 and the Charger but it looks modern, clean, and easy to use.

  • lsiii lsiii Posts:

    Check the dimmer wheel next to the headlight switch. If it's turned up to high then it is in parade mode and the Nav display won't switch to night mode automatically even though the setting in the Nav menu is set to Auto.

  • mr_bots mr_bots Posts:

    Where is the interior dimmer switch at? Just under the detents, where the wheel can scroll down freely is where the radio/nav screen will autodim. The first detent keeps everything at full brightness.

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