2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Improving the Uconnect Layout
August 04, 2014
We're generally big fans of Chrysler's top-of-the-line Uconnect electronics interface, which is found in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and many other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, SRT and Maserati vehicles, plus whatever other brands they're selling nowadays. I'm sure Eagle's making a comeback any day now.
Anyways, Uconnect's menus make sense and there are big old "buttons" on the touchscreen that are easy to see and press on the move. You'd don't have to be 15 to figure it out. I also appreciate the redundant knob that allows you to quickly flip through iPod playlists, radio stations or phonebook entries without tapping up and down arrows on the touchscreen like many other systems (Honda Civic, for instance) require you to do.
However, I object to the placement of that redundant knob and its buddy, the volume control. In most Chrysler group vehicles they are placed amongst the climate controls, which can be confusing at a glance, instead of near the screen they help control.
See, isn't that better? Isn't that more sensible? I certainly can't say one looks better than the other (my lack of Photoshop precision notwithstanding). I'm sure there are myriad reasons why this wouldn't be possible to do, but I'm here to argue this is nevertheless the way Uconnect should be.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 1,623 miles