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I saw several people from AZ on here, so hoping someone from the southwest can give me some insight into how your 4xe is holding up in this heat. I have always wanted a Jeep, and have been building my dream version in my head for quite some time. Initially I was planning on getting a hard top since I plan on doing lots of camping and need to carry a few kayaks on weekends to the lake. But after driving a convertible mustang for a week, decided I should give the Sky One Touch a test drive. Finally found one in stock and, well it was 115° today. Even with the top closed, panels on, windows rolled up and AC on blast, we were still sweating 10 minutes in. At this point the wife is now turned off of getting a Jeep and the best salesman in the state wouldn’t have closed that deal. On the drive home I found another dealer with a hardtop rubicon 4xe and we decided to see if that cooled any better. By this point it had cooled all the way down to 113°, and even though it seemed the air was blowing cooler on this Jeep, the cabin never really cooled off. So, what has been your experience with air conditioning during the summer in the 4xe? Is this just something I should expect with a jeep? Our temps out here are brutal, but they are survivable if you can get the interior cabin to cool down. Are there aftermarket options? Any ideas for keeping this dream alive?
 

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I saw several people from AZ on here, so hoping someone from the southwest can give me some insight into how your 4xe is holding up in this heat. I have always wanted a Jeep, and have been building my dream version in my head for quite some time. Initially I was planning on getting a hard top since I plan on doing lots of camping and need to carry a few kayaks on weekends to the lake. But after driving a convertible mustang for a week, decided I should give the Sky One Touch a test drive. Finally found one in stock and, well it was 115° today. Even with the top closed, panels on, windows rolled up and AC on blast, we were still sweating 10 minutes in. At this point the wife is now turned off of getting a Jeep and the best salesman in the state wouldn’t have closed that deal. On the drive home I found another dealer with a hardtop rubicon 4xe and we decided to see if that cooled any better. By this point it had cooled all the way down to 113°, and even though it seemed the air was blowing cooler on this Jeep, the cabin never really cooled off. So, what has been your experience with air conditioning during the summer in the 4xe? Is this just something I should expect with a jeep? Our temps out here are brutal, but they are survivable if you can get the interior cabin to cool down. Are there aftermarket options? Any ideas for keeping this dream alive?
Forgot to mention, both test drives were in hybrid mode as both vehicles had <1% battery life.
 

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I am an AZ native and also a straight up crabby brat when I'm hot. I've been surviving okay with my garage and covered parking.

I have a garage at home and covered parking at work. I drive my Optima to work mostly (because gas mileage, plus ventilated seats - which should be standard on all vehicles here, hello!).

The two times I drove the jeep to work (most recently on Thursday when it was 117), the Jeep cooled down okay after being parked under the metal covered parking all day. Not great, but I wasn't uncomfortable.

Today I let it run in the garage for a few minutes before getting in and I was pleasantly surprised how cool it was.

It never gets as cold as my Optima, but then again it is a giant box on wheels and it is also lacking the ventilated seats which makes a big difference in comfort. I have the hard top btw.

If it will be garaged or under covered parking most of the time I say go for it.
 

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Hi there, not from AZ ;)

you can use the remote start to cool the Jeep down, set on screen climate control to MAX AC + RECIRULATION . check the fents as well and the fan speed. remote start last 15 min. before power off.
i did not try it yet with the Jeep but with other vehicles it worked great in hot wett summers in the South. (GA, NC, FL....).
..just in case, windows can get foggy inside or outside , and turn of Recirculation for driving.
 

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We have the 1 touch roof.
Cracking the windows slightly while parked will make a huge difference.
Remote start helps.
Window tint helps but be careful because if you offroad at night then tinted windows will reduce visibility.

That being said......the A/C isn't really that effective in extreme heat while in EV mode. Not sure why but starting the engine does seem to get the cabin cooled down much quicker. Easiest way to force the engine to start is to shift into manual mode.

Even so, I think it is a Jeep thing. My son's Rubicon doesn't cool any better. When we have extreme temps like this week, we drive the Mach-E. Ford has a pretty good A/C system and the EVs are even better.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Will be headed to Tucson tomorrow and will try another test drive there. If we go this route, it will be our only car for the rest of the summer, so it has to be able to keep the family comfortable. I don’t mind if it takes 15 minutes to cool, but I couldn’t imagine doing a road trip to Vegas or LA and going across the desert with what felt like an underpowered fan and no cabin cooling.
 

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We have the 1 touch roof.
Cracking the windows slightly while parked will make a huge difference.
Remote start helps.
Window tint helps but be careful because if you offroad at night then tinted windows will reduce visibility.

That being said......the A/C isn't really that effective in extreme heat while in EV mode. Not sure why but starting the engine does seem to get the cabin cooled down much quicker. Easiest way to force the engine to start is to shift into manual mode.

Even so, I think it is a Jeep thing. My son's Rubicon doesn't cool any better. When we have extreme temps like this week, we drive the Mach-E. Ford has a pretty good A/C system and the EVs are even better.
our a/c is ice cold on regular setting. the a/c runs not over the engine and i think it cools the battery in the back too.
you can get 3m clear uv and heat protection film front rear and sides..no tint for windshield and front side windows. i used it with other cars and was okay with direct sunlight.
 

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May just be the battery cooling taking some priority, but that's a tremendous amount of heat soak. There is a thermal headliner available for the Sky One Touch that I've read helps.

Otherwise, it's really fast to cool. I'm in Florida so it's not as extreme and more humidity based. At least in Arizona it's seasonal. We hardly get relief 24/7/365.

I used remote start to keep the groceries cool between stops and it did a good job.
 

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I am in FL also. The factory ac unit is fantastic. My wife has a 2016 and it a great also.

The compressor comes on right away when the Jeep is started. Usually in battery mode. If it needs more it will start the engine.

A little remote start gets things going before you need to drive away.
 

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It was only 109 today. A/C works fine during the day but fan works pretty good. 105 degrees at 8 pm when the sun sets and the fan speed settles down. Very comfortable.

118 is a totally different story. A/C and fan on Max the whole time and still sweating in the seats. AZ sun is brutal this time of year.
 

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I love Arizona, and I know it's not as humid, but damn, 118 is just a big no for me! 90 is bad enough.

Most our car interiors get to here are about 120 air and 180 surfaces. So I couldn't imagine that being the outside temp.

I can't wait to retire to a cold climate.
 

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Thanks all! I think we are going to go ahead with it. I did read some posts a few months ago about the manual stating the Jeep won’t start if internal temps are above 135 unless the Jeep is plugged in and can run the cooler before starting. Now that we have had a week of extreme temperatures, has anyone run into that problem? I haven’t seen any posts in forums about it, and would have thought it would occur by now. Seems like it would be easy to reach those temps parked outside the grocery store for 45 minutes in the middle of the day.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Will be headed to Tucson tomorrow and will try another test drive there. If we go this route, it will be our only car for the rest of the summer, so it has to be able to keep the family comfortable. I don’t mind if it takes 15 minutes to cool, but I couldn’t imagine doing a road trip to Vegas or LA and going across the desert with what felt like an underpowered fan and no cabin cooling.
Hey- originally from Kuwait - so AZ is walk on the park. My 2 cents, don’t stop your dream because of this(and no I am not asking you to replace your wife for the Jeep 😂) just tested 4XE yes it takes time when parked under the sun like any other car(not good as the my Nissan safari A/C) by following this simple trick and it will do great. It was 127 when tested the 4Xe. Front tinted windows, remote start the car for 15 minutes before getting in, and you will be pleasantly surprised. Hey also don’t put the fan full speed, just one level below full. Try it and see.
 

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Thanks all! I think we are going to go ahead with it. I did read some posts a few months ago about the manual stating the Jeep won’t start if internal temps are above 135 unless the Jeep is plugged in and can run the cooler before starting. Now that we have had a week of extreme temperatures, has anyone run into that problem? I haven’t seen any posts in forums about it, and would have thought it would occur by now. Seems like it would be easy to reach those temps parked outside the grocery store for 45 minutes in the middle of the day.
We didn't have any issues using the Jeep last week. Sat outside the entire time. Started every time and drove fine. We did keep it plugged in while parked though....
 

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Thanks all! I think we are going to go ahead with it. I did read some posts a few months ago about the manual stating the Jeep won’t start if internal temps are above 135 unless the Jeep is plugged in and can run the cooler before starting. Now that we have had a week of extreme temperatures, has anyone run into that problem? I haven’t seen any posts in forums about it, and would have thought it would occur by now. Seems like it would be easy to reach those temps parked outside the grocery store for 45 minutes in the middle of the day.
Vegas here- heatwave has caused consistent daytime temps between 110 and 118 for the past week, night temps staying above 90.

With 4xe parked in driveway overnight (plugged in), and in a lot with direct sunlight for 10+ hrs/day during work, I haven't had any issues with it starting up. I do recommend seat covers if you go with the leather seats, without them I'm guaranteed to be sweating after driving home from work even with AC on.
 

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The black top is the main culprit for heat radiating to passengers,my Jeep has matching white top greatly reducing interior temps,they have a factory insulating pad that fits the hardtop that might help a little too
 

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There are also the headliners. People claim they work for insulation and sound.

I'm still working from home and won't venture out in the day time now that it's summer, unless it's raining. So I haven't had too much being out in the heat yet.
 

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My Phoenix people - is it really 85 and sprinkling right now? What is this witchcraft? Just did some errands with the windows down. Can't wait for fall. :cool:
 
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