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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Upscale interior materials
  • Navigation system can complicate stereo functions

New for 2012

  • Return of SRT-8 model
  • New six-speed automatic transmission in V8 model




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.2
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview

The 2012 Grand Cherokee has a standard V6 engine that reviewers said isn't especially powerful but should be strong enough for most drivers. Some preferred the added thrust of models with the V8, which they said feel faster in all driving situations. The high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT-8, which features an even more powerful V8, returned for the 2012 model year. Most reviewers said that the five-speed automatic transmission that comes with the base Grand Cherokee is smooth and refined. The V8 model comes with a six-speed automatic. The 2012 Grand Cherokee is rated at an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low compared to its two-row, V6-powered rivals. Reviewers praised the Grand Cherokee for its respectable off-road prowess, as well as its pleasant ride on pavement. Some auto journalists were impressed with the Grand Cherokee's composed on-road handling, but others said it doesn't feel especially nimble. Test drivers were also pleased with the steering feel, and remarked that the steering is well-weighted.

Reviewers were impressed with the upscale materials and pleasing design of the 2012 Grand Cherokee's interior. Auto journalists said that the Grand Cherokee's seats in both rows are comfortable, supportive and spacious. The 2012 Grand Cherokee comes standard with dual-zone climate control and a six-speaker stereo. Available features when it was new include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker stereo system, navigation and a rearview camera. Some critics complained that the available navigation system absorbs and complicates some stereo controls. The Grand Cherokee has up to 68.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is fairly good among two-row midsize SUVs.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Buick Enclave was praised by reviewers for having one of the most opulent interiors in the class. Additionally, it offers a lot of cargo space for the segment, and test drivers liked its composed ride and spacious interior.

Although it doesn't have the off-road capability of the Grand Cherokee, test drivers said that the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most engaging midsize SUVs to drive, with nimble handling and responsive steering. Reviewers also said that the CX-9 has a high-quality, attractive interior.

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