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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was new.


Interior: 8.5

Test drivers say that the inside of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is comfortable and classy, especially for an off-road SUV, since they tend to be more rugged and utilitarian. In fact, some test drivers say thisaffordable midsize SUV’s interior can rival that of some luxury crossovers.

  • "The Grand Cherokee features a handsome cabin with a cleanly styled dash, tight seams, high-quality materials and consistent textures from door to dash. The overall quality doesn't surpass all of the competition, but it's now on par with the best.” -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin has nice materials, with well-integrated center controls and genuine wood trim on uplevel models. There's an available leather-wrapped dashboard, something usually reserved for luxury cars.” -- Cars.com
  • “Overall, the interior is very competitive for the class, and nothing looks out of place. However, the silver-painted plastic trim on the central control panel and some ordinary appearing switch gear keep Grand Cherokee's interior from matching some premium-brand competitors for ambiance.” -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee has seating for five. Reviewers rave about the head- and legroom in both the front and back seats. Though the back seat doesn’t slide forward or backward, test drivers say this feature isn’t missed, because the rear seat is already so spacious. Otherwise, the seats are comfortable and well-bolstered. Leather-trimmed upholstery is standard on all trims except the base Laredo.

  • "Ample headroom and legroom for 6-footers. Wide seats are comfortable and supportive, and even the passenger side has power adjustment. Available ventilated leather seats are a welcome touch. Despite a tall ride height, entry and exit are surprisingly easy.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Up front, the seats are comfortable and supportive, especially in the SRT8 with its more aggressively bolstered sport seats. Backseat riders likewise benefit from ideal cushioning and, unlike in older Grand Cherokees, will also find ample knee- and legroom.” -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfortable and the interior is hushed even at 80 mph." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed with the quality of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s interior, although they say that some small pieces feel a little cheap. They also think the controls are easy to figure out and use, although other brands have infotainment systems that are more intuitive. Still, base models come fairly well-equipped for the class and higher trims can be outfitted to near-luxury levels. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of only a couple SUVs to offer Sirius TV, which offers three channels of childrens’ programming that can be played on its optional rear-seat entertainment system.

  • "There were only the most minor of complaints inside the cabin, as if Jeep ran out of time finishing the littlest of details, such as the Selec-Terrain switches, which felt flat and hard. But those are easily overlooked when you see how well this vehicle is crafted.” -- The Detroit News
  • "Perhaps best of all, Jeep has done its best to offer as many of these features as stand-alone items, allowing buyers to tailor the Grand Cherokee anywhere along the trail to boulevard continuum.” -- Road and Track
  • "Behold: textured plastics that don't make you wretch. Faux aluminum trim that doesn't feel like it's been liberated from a Ukrainian toy factory. Switchgear - in particular, the window controls and climate knobs - that are (shocker!) pleasing to thumb and won't detach in your palm.” -- Autoblog
  • "Easy-read gauges and simple, clearly marked switch gear are the rule for Grand Cherokee's cabin. … The navigation system absorbs most audio controls, which complicates some functions. The screen and its surrounding buttons are on the small side, requiring an extra moment's look away from the road in order to find the function you want.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The navigation system is pretty much the same as in other Chrysler products. It works OK, but is a little disappointing when measured against cleaner, more user-friendly systems from Ford, GM and others.” -- Edmunds


The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 35.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat, or a maximum of 68.7 cubic feet with the rear seats stowed. That’s about average compared with five-seat SUVs like the Ford Edge, but smaller than many three-row SUVs like the Toyota Highlander. One reviewer notes that the Grand Cherokee’s high load floor may make it harder to load heavy items.

  • "Total space is ample by absolute standards, but is on the small side for the class. Still, Grand Cherokee has good suitcase or grocery-bag room behind the split rear seat, whose backs fold easily, and nearly flat, to increase cargo room.” -- Consumer Guide

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