2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Rudimentary Navigation System
June 05, 2012
Our long-term Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 doesn't have the newer, larger navigation unit you get in the Charger, Challenger and 300 -- I'd guess packaging constraints precluded it.
I can deal with the smaller screen just fine. What I don't care for is the system's rudimentary software. It doesn't automatically zoom in or bring up any kind of inset map to show you exactly where you need to turn. Most other factory systems do this for you now. There may be a setting in the menus for this convenience that I haven't found yet, but it's not the kind of thing you want to dig for when you're driving around in unfamiliar neighborhoods looking at houses and realize that you've missed your turn. Manually zooming in is another option, but I find the small touchscreen a little chaotic and it's not clear to me exactly where to press -- an external dial or toggle switch usually works better for zoom.
I did notice that the system provides auxiliary visual prompts for upcoming turns in the trip computer, but depending on which display you're looking at, they don't always come up when I'd expect. And the voice prompts seem to be a little inconsistent in their timing as well.
This nav system offers basic functionality, but since it's in a $60K vehicle, it really should offer more than that.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor