Smart Place for the Tailgate Switch - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Smart Place for the Tailgate Switch

February 6, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

There are plenty of examples of smart design in our Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. From the steering wheel, which I have already noted, to the great seats, the SRT8 is well executed.

Here's a smaller example, literally. This is the button for the power tailgate. At first I thought this was kind of a silly place for it, mainly because I didn't know to look for it there. Most SUVs put such button on the tailgate itself.

Seems like a smart idea, until you take everything out of the cargo area and have to reach up to hit the button with your hands full. With the Jeep, the button is right there where nearly anyone can reach it. A small detail for sure, but one that is likely very much appreciated by those who are smaller in stature.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 18,534 miles


  • autoboy16 autoboy16 Posts:

    My question about this design is what if some bulkier cargo hits the switch if the car is in motion or something. I hope they engineered a way around this.

  • vjiperron vjiperron Posts:

    I own one of these and have had it for about 7 months,,,,it has to be one of most fun cars I've ever owned and I've had tons of cars. I have to admit I had a hard time pulling the trigger on $65000 but I would do it all over again. I drove it from Cheyenne, Wyo to Staunton Ill and averaged 19.2 mpg and that included blowing a few beemers and other cars off the road. The look on some of those guys faces was invaluable.

  • gub34_ gub34_ Posts:

    It seems like an unsafe place to put the button, as you'd be standing under the tailgate when you press the button, which could be bad if you don't clear out in a timely manner. When the button is on the tailgate, you are already standing clear of the tailgate when it starts to close.

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