2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited: Friendly Audio Interface
January 24, 2008
The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited isn't known for being especially warm and friendly when it comes to the design of its comfort and convenience features. When your main mission involves dominating boulders and ripping trails a new one, friendliness isn't always near the top of the agenda. This leads to design quirks like its non-illuminated, dashboard-mounted window controls, which are so much fun to locate and use during those times when you need to roll your windows down to enter and exit your office building's semi-dark parking structure.
Still, there's one area in which the Wrangler gets it right.
I have the vaguely corny habit of occasionally listening to audiobooks on CD, so I'm one of the few people on staff who actually still uses the CD players in our vehicles. The interface in the Wrangler is one of those numbers with a hidden CD slot, in which the screen flips forward to reveal the aperture. The designers at Jeep did one thing that some other automakers didn't: They made sure that the controls for this thing are located around the screen instead of on it.
Put the controls on the screen, and you have an interface that can be tricky to navigate when the screen is extended. Put the controls around the screen, and you have a warm, friendly interface like our Jeep's. Bear hugs for all.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 11,243 miles