January 24, 2008
The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited isn't known for being especially warm and friendly when it comes to the design of its comfort and convenience features. When your main mission involves dominating boulders and ripping trails a new one, friendliness isn't always near the top of the agenda. This leads to design quirks like its non-illuminated, dashboard-mounted window controls, which are so much fun to locate and use during those times when you need to roll your windows down to enter and exit your office building's semi-dark parking structure.
Still, there's one area in which the Wrangler gets it right.
I have the vaguely corny habit of occasionally listening to audiobooks on CD, so I'm one of the few people on staff who actually still uses the CD players in our vehicles. The interface in the Wrangler is one of those numbers with a hidden CD slot, in which the screen flips forward to reveal the aperture. The designers at Jeep did one thing that some other automakers didn't: They made sure that the controls for this thing are located around the screen instead of on it.
Put the controls on the screen, and you have an interface that can be tricky to navigate when the screen is extended. Put the controls around the screen, and you have a warm, friendly interface like our Jeep's. Bear hugs for all.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 11,243 miles
December 05, 2007
Last week I extolled the virtue's of the Accord's nav/audio controls and voice commands. "An example of how to do it right," was my conclusion. Now, here's how to do it wrong. The following video describes the unhappy marriage between the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Chrysler's MyGig navigation system touchscreen.
Martin Scorcese was unavailable to direct so I rang up Michael Bay instead. It's clearly his best work yet.
UPDATE: MyGig actually has voice commands available (upper right hand button), which makes using the audio system easier. However, I'm not sure how user friendly something in a car is when you're required to talk to it and press a button two feet away.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 8,952 miles
October 03, 2007
The navigation system in the Jeep Wrangler has some interesting features.
This weekend, I needed to make a trip to Sears, sadly enough. It wasn't where I remembered it to be but I knew it was located nearby. So I asked the Wrangler's nav to save my sorry butt before I got too lost.
It has a button (well, it's actually touch screen, but you know what I mean) that reads "Where Am I Now?" then you can choose "Nearby POI" to find things like shopping centers, businesses, etc.