Today's Rant: Gear shift in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Today's Rant: Gear shift in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Let me start by saying, I love almost everything about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The Hemi engine is flawless. The seats are super comfy. The ride and handling are absolutely track-worthy -- even for such a large vehicle.

There was just this one niggling little thing that gave me fits during the test period: The gear shift. I occasionally encounter touchy shifters that perpetually put you in the wrong gear, and it always irks me. Previously I've encountered them in the Nissan Murano and Rogue. Currently, I found one in the SRT.

Perhaps there's a knack to the shift that I just didn't master. Perhaps I have a heavy hand. But whatever the reason, I would intend to be in D/S and would end up in R or N. I would intend to be in P and would find myself in R. Best case scenario would be when I would mean to end up in D/S or R and end up in N. And that's because the car wouldn't accidentally move the wrong direction. I learned pretty quickly to pause before taking my foot off the brake to do the visual gear check.

When I put it out there on twitter, I found that it wasn't just me:

 

 

A week is hardly enough time to get used to a car's quirks. So, perhaps owners would, in time, find the right finesse to hit the proper gear without the visual check. But, I just offer a heads up to any test drivers out there ... Be sure you're in the right gear before you go.

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  • I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel. My wife thought the car was in park but it was in reverse. The car ran over her and came close to killing her. Broke arm with 9 " cut on arm. Leg ran over with brusing all over. Bewear of this shifter.

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