2014 Jeep Cherokee: Over-Sensitive Driver Aids
July 25, 2014
Just a few days ago, Engineering Editor Jason Kavanagh commented that our long-term 2014 Acura MDX had a hypersensitive collision alert. I've driven the MDX many times and I agree with Jay, but the MDX doesn't hold a candle to our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
In just three days with our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee, I must've yelled at the car a dozen times. Warnings were going off like a sinking submarine, without any real or imminent danger.
Our Cherokee is equipped with the optional Technology package ($2,155) which includes automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warning and mitigation systems, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system.
This particularly-hypersensitive system would shout warnings at me about imminent collisions when I was simply going downhill and the road flattened out, or around curved roads with cars front of me in another lane, but not in my path of travel. And whenever a car slowed marginally in front of me (which happens a lot in Los Angeles traffic) the Jeep's computers intervened, braked the car and fired off a series of alarms, all of which were completely unnecessarily. If there were a competition between the MDX and the Cherokee, I have no doubt the Jeep would win the sensitivity-crown.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 546 miles