Automatic High Beams? No, Thanks - 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Automatic High Beams? No, Thanks

July 3, 2015

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited

Call me finicky, but I like being able to see.

It's an occasional problem in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited. But it's one that I've remedied.

I find the Cherokee low beams inadequate. Their reach is minimal and there's a hard cut off to accommodate oncoming drivers. Sure, it's all done in the name of safety, which I can appreciate. But last time I checked, being able to see well enough to prudently guide a car at night is also a critical component of safe driving.

Regardless, the trend toward short-reach low beams is a common one among newer cars. I wasn't surprised to find myself reaching for the stalk to click on the high beams when navigating my neighborhood. But I was denied. And the denial came in the form of the warning you see in the above photo.

When I read this notice, I was initially confused. "Automatic High Beams Enabled" sounds like I activated some kind of desirable feature. What it should say is, "Forget About It, Pal - There's Oncoming Traffic." After all, this feature is designed to relieve the crushing burden of dimming your high beams for oncoming traffic.

But it's not that simple. It prevents the use of the high beams in situations where they're genuinely needed, not just when there's oncoming traffic. I was relieved to discover the ability to disable it in the Uconnect settings.

And disable it I did.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 21,287 miles

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