Consumer Reviews Summary
53 of 63 (84%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overview
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a rugged SUV, suited for on- and off-road driving that’s equipped with luxury features and comfortable interior for maximum versatility.
The Grand Cherokee offers a standard 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine with 260 pounds-feet of torque and maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, and is capable of running on gasoline or E85 ethanol. The optional 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter, V-8 engine with 390 pounds-feet of torque has a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. The track-worthy SRT8 offers a more powerful, 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter, V-8 engine with 460 pounds-feet of torque, and is rated at 5,000 pounds for maximum towing capacity. The V-6 and SRT8 V-8 are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and the 5.7-liter V-8 is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both the 3.6-liter and 5.7-liter engines are available with front- or four-wheel drive, and the SRT8 comes in four-wheel drive only.
The two-wheel drive Grand Cherokee achieves 13 to 17 mpg in the city and 17 to 23 mpg on the highway. The four-wheel drive ranges from 12 to 16 mpg in the city and 17 to 23 mpg on the highway. The SRT8 is rated at 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
The well-appointed interior of the Grand Cherokee seats five, and includes a slate of luxury upgrades, from the leather-detailed dash and real woodgrain, hand-stitched steering wheel to chrome accents throughout the cabin. The standard cloth upholstery can be upgraded to leather, and customers can opt for heated front and rear seats and steering wheel. Other seating options include power eight-way driver and passenger seats with power four-way lumbar support, a fold-flat front passenger seat, and reclining rear seats. The standard audio system includes AM/FM radio with CD/MP3 playback and audio jack. The optional Uconnect voice command system includes Bluetooth, and USB port, SiriusXM Satellite radio and premium audio system with nine-speakers, DVD and HD radio capabilities, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. An available navigation system includes voice command, 6.5-inch touch-screen display, and SiriusXM travel link information service. An available rear entertainment system includes a nine-inch drop down screen for DVD playback, ports to connect game and media players, and wireless headset capacity.
The Grand Cherokee shares a platform with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, but the styling’s all Jeep, with a more pronounced front end, seven-slot grille, rounded headlights and trapezoidal wheel wells. Fog lamps come standard on all Grand Cherokee models, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling features are available. Seventeen-inch cast aluminum wheels can be upgraded to 18- or 20-inch cast-, forged- polished-, or painted-aluminum wheels. A panoramic dual pane sunroof with power sunshade is available for an open-air driving experience.
Driver and passenger safety features include front, side-curtain front and rear, and seat-mounted pelvic and thorax airbags. Active front head restraints help minimize injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. Front and rear crush zones and a safety cage with door guard door beams protect the cabin from all angles. Electronic stability control and four-wheel antilock brakes provide additional safety whether driving city streets or on off-road adventures. Safety upgrades include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning sensors, and rear cross path detection. A rear back-up camera and parking assistance system are also available.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides excellent power and off-road capability, and provides a luxurious interior rarely found in a rugged SUV.