2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Is There Room for Another "Grand" Jeep?

February 22, 2013

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

It's only been around for roughly two decades, but the name "Grand Cherokee" has become almost as synonymous with Jeep as the name Wrangler. Much of that comes from the fact that the Grand Cherokee arrived right in time of the dawn of the modern SUV and has managed to stay relevant ever since.

On more than one occasion over that time period, however, there has been a rumor that Jeep was planning an even bigger Jeep, one that would offer three rows of seating. Usually those rumors were accompanied by the name Grand Wagoneer, the iconic nameplate that the Grand Cherokee effectively replaced

Those rumors are swirling once again, but does Jeep really need a bigger Grand Cherokee? I'm not so sure now that the current Jeep is finally the right size. There's plenty of room in the second row and a good amount of space in the cargo area, too. I even folded the second row recently and it swallowed a small couch.

Granted, anyone who needs a third row immediately crosses the Grand Cherokee off their list, but adding an even bigger Jeep at this point doesn't seem like the hole in the lineup that needs filling. Then again, a high-performance Grand Cherokee like our SRT8 was probably not one of those holes either.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 20,211 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in VA is:

$146 per month*
* Explanation