2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Heated Steering Wheel vs. Real Metal Trim
January 26, 2013
During my Colorado road trip, I became smitten with our long-term 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's heated steering wheel. See, we were visiting relatives who don't happen to be coffee drinkers. I am an incurable coffee drinker. So every morning, I'd get up in subfreezing temperatures and drive the Jeep to the nearest coffee-themed watering hole. (There wasn't one in walking distance, or otherwise, yes, I would have walked to burn off some of the holiday feasting.)
Since I don't own a good set of winter driving gloves, the heated steering wheel and the heated seats were the first things I'd turn on in the Jeep. I wouldn't bother with the heat until it was all warmed up, because I sure didn't want chilled air blowing in my face.
Let me tell you that steering wheel heats up quickly. However, unique to the SRT8 version is genuine metal trim, and it stays cold, cold, cold even when the rest of the wheel is toasty. It takes a deliberate effort not to touch the metal sections on the spokes. It's a small price to pay, I suppose, for an interior that has modern metal trim instead of old-world plasticky wood trim. But on a functional level, I wouldn't I mind a bit if our Grand Cherokee SRT8 had an all-leather steering wheel.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor
Read the previous installments from the Grand Cherokee SRT8's Colorado road trip:
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Would I Buy One?
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Seat Comfort After 2,400 Miles
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Auto High-Beams Work Great
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Colorado Road Trip Fuel Economy
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: We Finally Drove It In Snow
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Climbing Vail Pass
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Long-Term Test: The Ride to Colorado