2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 2
February 13, 2015
Historically, I've never been a fan of cruise control. That all changed as adaptive cruise control began appearing in cars. As we pointed the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited north on the long desert highway towards Nevada, the system proved worthy of praise.
Our long-term Cherokee allows the driver to choose either traditional cruise or adaptive. The button in the middle of the Set, Cancel and Resume buttons activates the traditional cruise. The three buttons below that group control the adaptive. Personally, I don't see the point of offering both separately. This was reinforced when John took over driving duties into Nevada and didn't realize that adaptive cruise was even an option. Admittedly, I only realized this because it was still daylight out when I was driving and I saw the buttons.
I like the Cherokee's adaptive cruise control because it seems smarter than some other systems. It also has more adjustment range for following distances. I set it to the furthest distance because it tends to be smoother in speed adjustments. When we closed in on slower traffic, the system reduced our speed very smoothly, almost imperceptibly. I found that in shorter following distance settings those speed adjustments were more abrupt.
When slower cars moved over to let us pass, the Cherokee gradually increased speed. Other systems I've encountered would apply a bit too much throttle to reacquire the target speed. What I'm saying is, the Cherokee's adaptive cruise control reacts much the same as I would. Smooth and steady. Well done, Jeep.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 11,597 Miles