2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Proper Plug Placement
October 16, 2014
Putting all sorts of connectivity options in a new car is a great idea. Putting those connections somewhere that makes them useful is an even better idea.
Our Jeep Cherokee is well designed in this regard. As you can see, there's access to multiple connection points right in the front of the shifter. That makes them easily accessible at a glance and perfectly placed when you want to plug in a phone or SD card full of music (I'm told that's what they're for, never bothered trying it myself).
Some argue that all this stuff is better off buried in the center console where it will be out of the way for all those times you're not using any of the connections. Maybe so, but in this instance they're tucked out of the way enough that you hardly notice them when stuff isn't plugged in. And there is an additional USB port in the console if you want to plug in your phone or iPod out of sight.
Kind of odd to think that USB plugs and SD card slots would be an important part of a Jeep Cherokee's dashboard, but clearly the designers knew what they were doing.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor