2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Active Cruise Control Works Well
August 22, 2014
One of the new-fangled features on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is its adaptive cruise control system. It comes as part of the optional Technology package. Like most other systems of its kind, it keeps a set distance between you and the car you're following, and it will bring the car to a stop if necessary. I've used the Cherokee's system on many occasions and it's one of the better systems on the market.
Much of that has to do with its smooth operation. With some systems, if a gap opens up in traffic and you're below your set limit, the car will speed up quickly and then suddenly slow down again when you come up on another vehicle.
Our Cherokee speeds up quickly enough, but as it comes up on traffic again, it slowly eases off the throttle. I usually set the distance to the "two bars" buffer which is about two or three car lengths, so there's always a decent distance for it to react.
If I had to nitpick, I'd say that there are a few too many buttons on the steering wheel. Do you really need different buttons for changing the following distance? No, not really. And I have to keep reminding myself that if you just hit the "set" buttons it will turn on the cruise control but in manual mode. You have to actually hit the "adaptive" button to turn that system on. Small problems for an otherwise well-designed system.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,258 miles