We took our first big road trip 2 weeks ago (started June 27th evening, returned July 7th) in the Jeep and put 3435 miles in all. We drove all the way from CO to CA (Los Angeles, Monterrey via Pacific Coast Highway, San Francisco, Yosemite) and back.
The Jeep performed extremely well, was quite comfortable for 3 adults, a 2 yr old and a 9 yr old dog. My mother-in-law was in the Jeep with us and she never complained (which is a really good thing!). My daughter loves the pano sunroof and every time we went through a tunnel, I had to open the screen for her to enjoy. I did not exactly calculate, but the overall mileage was 24 mpg.
We drove to Las Vegas first and while it was 120 deg outside, the Jeep's a/c performed very well and kept us comfortable. At sea level, I could really feel the power of the engine or what I was missing at 6500 feet. Coming back, on some roads in Nevada, I was doing 95 mph since the road was straight as an arrow for miles and the Jeep felt very stable (509 miles in 7 hours). Even with that high speed, I got 23 mpg which really surprised me.
Few complaints I have about the Jeep.
1. Navigation input lock when vehicle is moving really bugged me. My wife could not input information when we were driving and since the Uconnect VR is not the best, we had to use Google search on our phone to find food/restaurants nearby. Why don't they put a disclaimer and a big "I agree" button and let us input text when vehicle is in motion??
2. Although the Jeep has been great, the quality of the interiors needs a lot of improvement. Coming back home, I was cleaning the inside of the Jeep and the carpet is already getting fuzzy. Glad I have the slush mats all over. The interior trim pieces also do not line up very well.
3. The transmission programming need to be improved. Going up hill, it sometimes does not downshift and I was forced to manually downshift. This irked me especially when I needed the power to pass someone on those single lane highways. Most of the time, I just downshifted manually before passing.
4. The seats can be made more comfortable. I just wish it was a bit more softer (more cushion?).
Other than these minor issues, I love the Jeep and look forward to driving it for more years to come.
Here are some pictures from our trip that I like to share.
Straight roads in NV.
West side of Yosemite coming towards Bishop, CA.
At the hotel we stayed in Bishop, a twin parked next to mine. Does the Jeep on the left belong to anyone on this board??
At Point Reyes National Seashore Beach.
Who goes to LA and does not take a picture near this sign?
Picture of Yosemite valley at Glacier Point.
My best friend!!
Who goes to SFO and not take a picture of this?
We saw a colony of Elephant Seals along the pacific coast highway on the way to Monterrey.