2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Good and Bad Parking Aids
November 3, 2014
Our Jeep Cherokee has plenty of technology. From its adaptive cruise control system to its excellent rear parking camera, it's loaded. But there's one system I could do without.
That would be the automated parallel parking system. It's a popular addition to numerous cars these days. It promises to take the anxiety out of squeezing into a parking space on the street with the touch of a button.
Since I have basic driving skills I don't need it, but I know others might find it useful so I gave it a try. It works for the most part as it steered the Cherokee into a sizable spot without any trouble. When it was done there was a little too much space between the Cherokee and the curb for my tastes, but it was close enough.
By biggest problem is how much time it takes. You have to turn the system on, pull up to a spot and let the computer figure out if there's enough space. Then you shift into reverse and let it do its thing which it does no faster than any normal human. Seems like a whole lot of technology and expense to address something that can be mastered with nothing more than a little practice. Maybe I'm just too old.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor