2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Remote Ignition
January 21, 2015
Being in Southern California is wonderful for reviewing cars, as you can pretty much do photo shoots and track-testing every week of the year without fear of a blizzard or torrential rain. However, there are car features we simply don't get to test as you would in normal parts of the country. One such common feature is remote ignition and I got a chance to experience and appreciate it in in our 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited during my road trip to Bend, Oregon.
Here's how it works. From the warm confines of our rented cottage I pressed the lock button once and then the little remote ignition button twice. The engine then fired to life, warming itself to a beneficial temperature without me needing to be inside freezing my butt off. At the same time, since the Cherokee has the same Auto-On Comfort functions in cold temperatures as our Ram 1500, remote ignition also engaged the heated steering wheel and driver seat and (but not the passenger seat, much to my wife's chagrin).
Eventually, I would emerge, key in pocket to unlock the door and press the interior start button to get under way. Now, this isn't a feature you should use casually since an idling engine is obviously bad for your fuel economy and the environment, but since the engine should be warmed up after sitting for hours in sub-zero temperatures, it's definitely beneficial and appreciated.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 10,390 miles