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First Road Trip

Purchased my kl on 8/28/15, this last weekend was our first road trip, Sioux Falls to Rapid city about 360 miles one way. First tank of gas from purchase 26.3 mpg. Second tank of gas on the way to Rapid, cruise set at 77mpg 28.6mpg. Third tank in and around the Hills on a day long site seeing tour, I doubt speeds ever exceeded 60 mph got an impressive 31.3mpg ! Filled in Rapid City yesterday morning and headed for Sioux Falls. Cruise set at 77mph for about 2/3 of the trip then I did drop down to 72mph and turned air conditioner off , 349.6 miles and average mpg at 30.8. I'm happy with that, very happy. My 9 speed performed flawlessly the whole trip, knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood. South Dakota is straight and relatively flat. I think you could set Lane Departure and take a nap. I checked numerous times and I was always in 8th gear. The few times that I was coasting down hill (coming into Chamberlain) I checked and I was in 9th. I love everything about this Jeep. I certainly hope they have this 9 speed figured out because if mine works the way it worked this weekend for as long as I own this vehicle I'll be very happy. (knocking on wood again).

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I might add that the only feature I am not wildly fond of is the Lane Departure (or whatever it's called). Too often I felt as if I was fighting the vehicle when I wanted in the other lane and the Jeep didn't think I should be there. Kind of like a "manual override" and I found it a bit annoying.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:44 AM
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I might add that the only feature I am not wildly fond of is the Lane Departure (or whatever it's called). Too often I felt as if I was fighting the vehicle when I wanted in the other lane and the Jeep didn't think I should be there. Kind of like a "manual override" and I found it a bit annoying.
Nest time try using the highest octane ( 91 or 93 ) and see if that helps. I got 32 mpg with 91 octane on a 150 mile trip carring about 75 lbs of cargo in the back. I never use cruise control here on the los angeles freeways. I try to keep the speeds between 70 & 80 mph AS NO BODY DRIVES 65 MPH HERE LOL. I always drive with the A/C on except in the winter.
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The tank I got before I left Rapid City was 89 octane without any ethanol. And it is very difficult to find fuel without ethanol around here. What I'm seeing is mpg coming up with every tank as I get more miles on. 91 octane really shouldn't be necessary, but non ethanol fuel is a bonus.
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I might add that the only feature I am not wildly fond of is the Lane Departure (or whatever it's called). Too often I felt as if I was fighting the vehicle when I wanted in the other lane and the Jeep didn't think I should be there. Kind of like a "manual override" and I found it a bit annoying.
If you use your turn signals when doing a lane change the lane departure warning/steering wheel torque thing is overridden. If you're lane changing without signaling, then the system thinks you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing and thumps the steering wheel.

We have the same system in my wife's 14 Trail Hawk and my 15 Trail Hawk. Which was amusing to instruct her on what the color codes meant on her Hawk. We were driving home one day and she was raging about people who drift in their lanes or hug the lines. I pointed out that her Lane Departure icon was yellow more than it was green. She asked what that meant. I explained that the Jeep is telling her she is guilty of the same thing she was raging about the others doing. After a weak denial, I noticed that icon stayed green the rest of the way down the interstate and her eyes often were dropping to her display screen.

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Good point. I'm guilty of NOT signalling a lane change when I check my mirror and can see no one is behind me for at least 5 miles. Out here on the tundra I swear there are areas I can see the curvature of the earth. I also noticed today that, when in "settings" there options for lane departure sensitivity, still learning.
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Good point. I'm guilty of NOT signalling a lane change when I check my mirror and can see no one is behind me for at least 5 miles. Out here on the tundra I swear there are areas I can see the curvature of the earth. I also noticed today that, when in "settings" there options for lane departure sensitivity, still learning.
I hear ya. I used to live in Montana for several years and I could drive from Great Falls to Billings sometimes and see just a handful of cars. Less than a handful sometimes.

One thing with blind spot monitoring if you have that, the audible alarm won't chime either if there is someone in your blind spot and your signal is off. The visual cue in the mirror lights up, but you won't get the chime unless you have the signal on.
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Good point. I'm guilty of NOT signalling a lane change when I check my mirror and can see no one is behind me for at least 5 miles. Out here on the tundra I swear there are areas I can see the curvature of the earth. I also noticed today that, when in "settings" there options for lane departure sensitivity, still learning.
You are lucky that this Cherokee does not remind you verbally to signal that lane change. It will tell you to get your hands on the wheel and remind you if you are over the speed limit if so equipped. My wife loves that part as she does not have to remind me anymore. Now she just laughs at another woman telling me what to do!
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With almost 15,000 miles and several 2000 road trips, my Limited is running just as it did when I purchased it in Sept. 2014, flawlessly. Love driving this jeep.
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Good point. I'm guilty of NOT signalling a lane change when I check my mirror and can see no one is behind me for at least 5 miles. Out here on the tundra I swear there are areas I can see the curvature of the earth. I also noticed today that, when in "settings" there options for lane departure sensitivity, still learning.
Why are you lane changing in the middle of nowhere when you can see for 5 miles? LOL Just get in the habit of always using your signals even when pulling into your drive way and then no problem. Where I live people are just to lazy or forget to use them both reasons unacceptable.
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