Used 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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$8,420 - $36,995

Pros

  • Available V8 power
  • high tow rating
  • upscale interior with many available luxury features
  • capable off-road prowess
  • outlandish SRT8 model.

Cons

  • Somewhat limited cargo space
  • fussy optional navigation system.

Used 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 SRT8 4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 5A)
60,308 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
SRT8
List$32,987
Est.Loan: $601/mo
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AM/FM,CD Player,Anti-Theft,4-Wheel Drive,AC,Cruise,Power Locks,Power Windows,Power Driver Seat,Dual Power Seats,Tint,Climate Control,Dual Climate Control,Tilt,Leather Steering Whl,Power Steering,Anti-Lock Brakes,Dual Front Airbags,Side Airbags,Traction Control,Xenon Headlights,Keyless Entry,Security System,Fog Lights,Variable Wipers,Rain Sensor,Rear Defroster,Navigation,Homelink,Steering Radio Ctrls,Rear Spoiler,Power Mirrors,Heated Driver Seat,Drivers Front Airbag,Passenger Air Bag On/Off,Side Head Air Bag,Rear Head Air Bag,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Locking Rear Differential,Child Safety Locks,Gasoline Fuel,Daytime Running Lights,Premium Sound,Satellite Radio,Auxiliary Pwr Outlet,Mirror Turn Signals,Rear Parking Aid,Driver Lumbar,Passenger Lumbar,Front Tow Hooks,Tire Pressure Monitoring
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
125,214 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$11,866
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
98,940 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$14,000
Est.Loan: $262/mo
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2012 Charcoal Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price%2521 Awards%3A %2A 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick Purchase with Confidence, The Moore Cadillac 5 / 30 Guarantee. If you don't like the vehicle for any reason simply return it within 5 days of purchase for a full refund. Still not certain%3F Within 30 days we'll credit the purchase price against any in stock vehicle. See guarantee guidelines for details and disclaimer. 6 Speakers,AM/FM radio,Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices,CD player,Radio data system,Radio%3A Media Center 130 CD/MP3,Air Conditioning,Front dual zone A/C,Rear window defroster,Power steering,Power windows,Remote keyless entry,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,4-wheel independent suspension,Normal Duty Suspension,Traction control,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,ABS brakes,Anti-whiplash front head restraints,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Front anti-roll bar,Low tire pressure warning,Occupant sensing airbag,Overhead airbag,Rear anti-roll bar,Brake assist,Electronic Stability Control,Delay-off headlights,Front fog lights,Fully automatic headlights,Panic alarm,Speed control,Bodyside moldings,Bumpers%3A body-color,Heated door mirrors,Power door mirrors,Roof rack%3A rails only,Spoiler,Compass,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Front reading lights,Illuminated entry,Outside temperature display,Overhead console,Passenger vanity mirror,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Tachometer,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Trip computer,Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats,Front Bucket Seats,Split folding rear seat,Front Center Armrest w/Storage,Passenger door bin,Alloy wheels,Rear window wiper,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Variably intermittent wipers,3.09 Axle Ratio
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
89,361 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Overland
CarTrust
8.3 mi away
List$14,995
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
77,205 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$16,704
Est.Loan: $304/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
120,582 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Overland
List$15,990
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
51,230 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Limited
List$20,790
Est.Loan: $379/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
117,011 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$13,998
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
142,067 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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Quick Order Package 26X|3.09 Axle Ratio|18 x 8.0 Aluminum Wheels|Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats|Premium Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats|Normal Duty Suspension|Radio%3A Media Center 130 CD/MP3|Media Center 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation|All Weather Capability Group|Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof|Engine Block Heater|Laredo E Group|Trailer Tow Group|Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth|Cargo Compartment Cover|Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps|MOPAR Cargo Area Liner|MOPAR Slush Mats|Rear-View Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Microphone|Premium Instrument Cluster w/Tach|Garmin Navigation System|Heated Front Seats|Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar Adjust|Security Alarm|Bright Side Roof Rails|SIRIUSXM Travel Link|Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices|Rear Load Leveling Suspension|ParkSense Rear Park Assist System|Selec-Terrain System|ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera|Remote Start System|7 & 4 Pin Wiring Harness|Class IV Receiver Hitch|Universal Garage Door Opener|Tire Pressure Monitoring Display|40GB Hard Drive w/28GB Available|Front Center Armrest w/Storage|4-Wheel Disc Brakes|6 Speakers|Air Conditioning|Electronic Stability Control|Front Bucket Seats|Spoiler|Tachometer|ABS brakes|AM/FM radio|Alloy wheels|Anti-whiplash front head restraints|Bodyside moldings|Brake assist|Bumpers%3A body-color|CD player|Delay-off headlights|Driver door bin|Driver vanity mirror|Dual front impact airbags|Dual front side impact airbags|Four wheel independent suspension|Front anti-roll bar|Front dual zone A/C|Front fog lights|Front reading lights|Fully automatic headlights|Heated door mirrors|Illuminated entry|Low tire pressure warning|Occupant sensing airbag|Outside temperature display|Overhead airbag|Overhead console|Panic alarm|Passenger door bin|Passenger vanity mirror|Power door mirrors|Power steering|Power windows|Radio data system|Rear anti-roll bar|Rear reading lights|Rear seat center armrest|Rear window defroster|Rear window wiper|Remote keyless entry|Roof rack%3A rails only|Speed control|Split folding rear seat|Steering wheel mounted audio controls|Telescoping steering wheel|Tilt steering wheel|Traction control|Trip computer|Variably intermittent wipers|Front beverage holders|Speed-Sensitive Wipers|Compass
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
136,878 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Limited
List$12,791
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
75,949 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$14,998
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Steering Wheel Mounted Controls Automatic Transmission Versatile 4X4 System 17' x 8.0' Aluminum Wheels Bright Side Roof Rails Fully automatic headlights Heated door mirrors Laredo E Group Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar Adjust Power 8-Way Driver/Manual Passenger Seat Quick Order Package 26E Radio: Media Center 130 CD/MP3 Remote keyless entry SIRIUS Satellite Radio 4WD 3.6L V6 Flex Fuel 24V VVT Odometer is 14492 miles below market average! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
101,961 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Overland
List$16,683
Est.Loan: $304/mo
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"Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD 6-Speed Automatic 5.7L V8 Multi Displacement VVT 4WD."
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
57,070 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Overland
CarMax
18 mi away
List$24,998
Est.Loan: $455/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Overland 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
52,907 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Overland
List$19,995
Est.Loan: $364/mo
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***FULLY LOADED OVERLAND MODEL..................2012 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4WD PREMIUM LUXURY SUV, METALLIC GRAY WITH A SADDLE BROWN LEATHER INTERIOR WITH BLACK PIPING, WOOD/LEATHER STEERING WHEEL, WOOD TRIM, NAVIGATION, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, PANORAMIC ROOF, DUAL HEATED POWER SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT AND MEMORY SETTINGS, REAR HEATED SEATS, FOGLIGHTS, PARKTRONIC, TINTED GLASS, REAR WIPER, ROOFRACK, PREMIUM ALLOY WHEELS, ONLY 52K MILES, NEW FRONT AND REAR BRAKES, A VERY SHARP JEEP WITH ALL THE RIGHT OPTIONS***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. 30 DAY LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
51,185 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
(20)
Hersons Kia
18.3 mi away
List$18,991
Est.Loan: $346/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
89,074 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$18,795
Est.Loan: $342/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 SRT8 4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 5A)
76,000 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
SRT8
Carplex
18.9 mi away
List$29,995
Est.Loan: $546/mo
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
38,660 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Laredo
List$23,683
Est.Loan: $431/mo
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2012 BLUE JEEP CHEROKEE LAREDO--KEYLESS ENTRY

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Edmunds' Expert Review

With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.

vehicle overview

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee reminds us of Rocky Balboa (the pre-Ivan Drago fight one), having made the transition from underdog to top contender. Prior to last year's complete overhaul, the Grand Cherokee offered rugged off-road capability but a substandard cabin, substandard passenger space and an underpowered but thirsty V6. But the 2012 Grand Cherokee, with its well-trimmed and roomier interior, powerful V6 and more refined performance and ride, is in fighting shape as a top contender among midsize SUVs.

The current Grand Cherokee shares components with Mercedes-Benz's ML-Class -- DaimlerChrysler owned Jeep during this vehicle's early development -- so its premium look and feel is no surprise. Drive a pre-'11 Grand Cherokee and the new one back to back, and the upgrades in cabin quality, performance and overall refinement are dramatic. And this year there's slightly better fuel economy (up 1 highway mpg for each engine) through improved power steering in the V6 and a revised six-speed transmission for the V8. This year also heralds the return of the road-burning Grand Cherokee SRT8 and its monster 470-horsepower V8.

Despite its manners and polish, however, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee still upholds its reputation for off-road prowess. An optional adjustable air suspension ("Quadra-Lift") can vary the JGC's ride height from 6.6 inches for easy passenger and roof rack loading, to 10.7 inches for serious off-road work. Additionally, a drive-mode selector ("Selec-Terrain") can tailor the powertrain and suspension for specific types of terrain.

The midsize SUV segment is loaded with choices. Against the V6 and V8 models, there are Ford's Edge and Explorer, the Honda Pilot, Toyota 4Runner and Volkswagen Touareg. In contrast, the SRT8 has no direct rival; models such as BMW's X5 M cost thousands more and deliver no significant performance advantage. Overall, we think the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a solid choice, particularly if you'll take advantage of its V8 power and take it off road, making it a comeback of Balboa proportions.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in Laredo, Limited and Overland trims. Each is available with 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. An optional package adds keyless entry/ignition, a power driver seat (including lumbar adjustment), satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface. The Security and Convenience package includes remote engine start, Bluetooth, a cargo cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a USB/iPod interface. A back-up camera, a power passenger seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker premium sound system (with satellite radio, HD radio, digital music storage and a touchscreen interface) are also available.

The Limited gets all the Laredo's optional equipment plus 18-inch wheels, additional chrome trim, bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a Garmin navigation system, automatic wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions, heated front and rear seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The Limited model's options include a power liftgate, a power and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, ventilated front seats and an upgraded navigation system with real-time traffic. Big 20-inch wheels are also optional.

The Overland gets all the Limited's options, plus the variable-height Quadra-Lift air suspension and special exterior and interior trim that includes a mesh grille, perforated leather seating and a wood/leather steering wheel. The Overland Summit tops it off with additional exterior chrome accents, unique 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, exclusive black olive wood cabin trim, a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery (with accent piping and unique stitching) and premium floor mats. The Overland Summit also features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and blind-spot/rear cross-path detection systems. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional for the Limited, Overland and Overland Summit.

The high performance SRT8 comes with most of the Overland's luxury features along with an exclusive V8 engine, color-keyed grille/side sills/rear spoiler, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, LED running lights, an adaptive suspension, performance-tuned steering, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, paddle shifters, leather/suede sport seats and carbon-fiber cabin accents.

Optional on the 4WD Laredo and Limited is an off-road package that adds skid plates, off-road tires, tow hooks, a full-size spare and, on the Laredo, hill descent control and the Quadra-Trac II 4WD system. An upgraded off-road package adds to the above features an air suspension, towing equipment (also available separately), an electronic limited-slip differential and the Quadra-Drive II 4WD system.

performance & mpg

Except for the SRT8, every 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with Chrysler's 3.6-liter V6 good for 290 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy with four-wheel drive is an estimated 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. In Edmunds testing, a 4WD Overland V6 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds -- about a second or two slower than some rival V6 SUVs.

The optional 5.7-liter V8 produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. With 4WD it is rated 13/20/15 mpg. In our testing a 4WD Overland V8 did the 0-60 drill in 8.2 seconds. Properly equipped, the JGC can tow 7,400 pounds.

Rear-wheel drive is standard and there are three different optional four-wheel-drive systems. Only the Laredo can be had with Quadra-Trac I, which essentially functions as all-wheel drive. All can be had with Quadra-Trac II, which includes a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control and the Selec-Terrain system. The latter feature allows drivers to choose from five pre-programmed settings that best suit road or trail conditions. Optional on the Limited and Overland is Quadra-Drive II, which adds to Quadra-Trac II electronic limited-slip differentials on both axles. Optional on the Limited and standard on the Overland is the Quadra-Lift air suspension, which varies ride height based on driver input or automatically via Selec-Terrain.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 packs a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. All that thrust is sent to all four wheels via a beefed-up five-speed automatic. In Edmunds testing, an SRT8 blasted to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. That kind of performance in a heavy SUV doesn't come without considerable cost at the pump, as indicated by EPA fuel economy ratings of 12/18/14.

safety

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. In Edmunds brake testing, the Overland V6 stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet, a good result for this segment. The SRT8 made the same stop in an impressive 112 feet.

In government crash testing, the Grand Cherokee earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Grand Cherokee received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof-strength crash tests.

driving

On the road, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee's suspension offers a comfortable ride while also providing a fair amount of cornering stability. The new Grand Cherokee basically rides and handles like any other modern crossover, an impressive feat considering its ample off-road ability. Off-road, the Grand Cherokee is pure Jeep: generous ground clearance, an advanced four-wheel-drive system, low-speed stability and climbing power.

Most folks will find enough power in the V6's spirited and smooth delivery and its five-speed automatic transmission. Those needing extra grunt or towing capacity won't go wrong with the V8, although its fuel thirst will certainly add up. And for an SUV, the SRT8 is otherworldly; along with blistering acceleration and strong braking, it's a relatively agile handler that could surprise more than a few sports car drivers.

interior

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.

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. There are also 35 cubic feet available for cargo behind the rear seats; folding them flat provides about 69 cubic feet of maximum capacity, about the same as a Ford Edge but less than an Explorer or Pilot.

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.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

HEMI 4x4
db1988, 5/4/2015
After driving a Hummer H2 for several years, it was time for something new. I wanted a V8 4x4 SUV, and debated between a Tahoe and a Grand Cherokee. I am certain I made the right choice with the Jeep. I used to think the h2 was nice to drive, but the Jeep is a whole new experience. Much more comfortable, it has all the options (plus more) that the hummer did, and it is a little easier on gas. I have a fully loaded Laredo (Black on Black), and I could not be happier with the vehicle. It drives exceptionally well, has plenty of power, and looks sharp. It has had a few recalls..no big deal. Take it to the Jeep store and they are happy to take care of it. No major issues at 60k miles.
Really Like my Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4
carolina_gator, 11/7/2013
After five years I have 139K miles on my Jeep and still enjoy driving it. The V6 used to deliver almost 24 mpg on interstate using no ethanol gas, but loses about 1 or 2 mpg on gas with ethanol. Mileage dropped about 1.5 mpg with new spark plugs, but a subsequent fuel injector cleaning restored it. Although it has as much horsepower as my Yukon, it has significantly less torque and the V6 works much harder to pull a 23 ft boat and trailer weighing almost 5600 lbs. The ride quality remains very good and only two minor recalls and no warranty issues other than a completely dead battery in the first month. I put the second replacement set of tires on at 105K miles and just recently had to have the original front brake pads replaced. The 5 speed tranny upshifts smoothly but downshifts in and out of 4th gear frequently when encountering moderate grades on the highway, and it delays downshifting around town at slower speeds. Overall, I am still very pleased with the vehicle and would recommend a Grand Cherokee.
Wish I never bought it
Brittany Yaeger, 10/18/2016
I loved my 2012 certified pre-owned Jeep once I made the switch from my small little mini. I was expecting far less problems/issues than I was having with my Mini. That wasn't the case, I have only had the car for 2 years and have been in and out of the dealership for repairs. It is always something, one year in- my keys stopped working, had to get the car towed (and pay for the tow) to the dealership. They said the keys malfunctioned- it would be $675 to replace. Why did this happen? Their response, these things just happen. Great. Then my windshield wiper fluid nozzles broke (never experienced that before...quoted me $200 to fix, yet the part is $8 bucks...I will deal with myself) Now some nozzle is messed up in my engine $3,200 to fix and it's not covered by my top of the line warranty. Getting rid of it right away. Too many issues, too expensive- oh and when your car is at the dealership, good luck finding a way to get around for days at a time, no loaners and shuttle only up to 10 miles from dealership. What a joke.
great car but one MAJOR problem
Mark, 7/21/2015
My 2012 Grand Cherokee overland has been a very good SUV. Drives well, I like the looks, is comfortable and roomy. My issue with the car is that at about 40K miles the dashboard started to bubble and warp. Though I have an extended warranty, the deal (Rairdon of Kirkland, WA) says that they will not fix. So, I'm stuck with a car that looks good from the outside and but is hideous on the inside. I would not buy another 'luxury' car from Jeep, they clearly don't know how to make them and are not willing to stand behind their product.
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover20.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
More About This Model

If the words "160-mph Jeep" don't raise a few hairs on the back of your neck we suggest you have your hair-raising reflexes checked. Because anyone who has driven a Jeep in the last 50 years recognizes that the brand isn't known for building vehicles that thrive at triple-digit velocities.

Until now.

Although we didn't witness the full 160-mph capability of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, we did experience the insane SUV at full crack on Willow Springs Raceway, where we were able to corner the beast at more than 100 mph. And based on that quite dynamic experience, we find it likely that the new Jeep is a snoozer at 160 mph while traveling straight.

This, then, hardly seems like a Jeep at all.

Hauls the Mail
After all, what other Jeep have you cornered at 100 or so mph and — dare we say it — felt comfortable? The answer, for us at least, is none. Sure, the first-generation Grand Cherokee SRT8 was a serious machine. It made no apologies for being what it was — loud, fast, brash and, well, stiff as hell.

And this truck is also stiff. Even in Auto mode, where its adjustable suspension can choose its softest settings, it will, occasionally, rattle your fillings. But overall, the ride is compliant enough for daily use — even for our mother.

Yet here, in Turn 8 on Willow Springs Raceway, this thing is confident. Sure, it took us a few laps to adjust to the Jeep's height, which inevitably produces more pitch and yaw than a car, but we rapidly calibrated to its body movement and discovered that this beast sticks with pit bull determination.

The trick is to use the throttle at unorthodox times. This is not a textbook handler. Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that 65 percent of the available torque is going to the rear wheels in "Track" mode, the Jeep encourages midcorner adjustments with the throttle. And, near as we can tell, it won't make you pay with any unpleasant surprises. It's as stable as it is stubborn.

If there's anything that should shake our confidence it's bending a near 70-inch-tall, 5,150-pound SUV into a corner at more than 100 mph, but after a few laps it's just routine — almost as if this is an act physics can accept.

Target: Germany
Talk to Jeff Roselli, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's lead development engineer, and it doesn't take long to figure out why the hairs on the back of your neck are standing proud. Among the litany of obscure facts Roselli offers are these: Its from-the-factory alignment includes 1.6 degrees of negative camber up front and 1.3 degrees out back. Its brakes, 15-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers up front are the biggest in the SRT lineup — including those on the out-of-production Viper. Also, its steering ratio, at 17.5:1, is considerably quicker than that of a standard Grand Cherokee (variable, 18.9:1 on center).

It's almost as if the use of Chrysler's new 6.4-liter V8 is anticlimactic. Trust us, it is not. Although this is the same mill you'll find in every current SRT product, the 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque it porks out is not to be overlooked. Those figures are 50 hp and 45 lb-ft better than the 6.1-liter V8 it replaces. Chrysler's five-speed automatic transmission is still used and is still merely adequate at best.

And perhaps not so surprising is that the SRT team benchmarked BMW's X5 M as well as the outgoing Grand Cherokee SRT8 in the development of this SUV. Roselli says the Grand Cherokee platform is, in his opinion, a better starting point for a performance SUV than the X5. "It's an incredibly stiff platform," Roselli says. With 146 percent more torsional stiffness than the outgoing model, Roselli's team didn't need to add any additional bracing for the SRT version.

He acknowledges that the X5 M is a faster vehicle in a straight line because of its power advantage but, says Roselli, "The WK [Grand Cherokee] is a better-handling car than the X5 M. The Grand Cherokee — because it's an SRT product — can have its stability control fully defeated, which gives it a significant handling advantage." Also, he adds, "We've got more low-end torque. The WK will whip the X5 M through a slalom or in an autocross." Excellent news for those of you planning to autocross your 2.5-ton SUV.

"The Grand Cherokee is more brash, more involving," according to Roselli. "You can run it more out of shape and it doesn't mind."

Serious Driving
In the end, we discovered, Roselli is right. We've tested BMW's X5 M and X6 M twins and found their nondefeat stability control systems to be truly invasive when driving hard. And the Grand Cherokee, with its sophisticated torque split — 100 percent of the drive torque can be sent to one rear wheel — is superior in the dry. Although we didn't experience it, we'd wager — and Roselli confirms — that in limited-grip driving there is no contest.

Partially, this is because the X5 M comes with standard three-season tires and the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes with all-season Pirelli Scorpion Verde rubber. Three-season Pirelli P Zeros are optional. Both are sized 295/45ZR20.

Its five-mode Selec-Track system (not to be confused with the SelecTrac four-wheel-drive system used in the Liberty) integrates with all systems that can affect performance — stability control, suspension damping, shift logic, torque split, rear LSD operation and more. Largely, its management of torque split and suspension damping yield the biggest influence in control.

Still, if you plan to stomp this Jeep around your back roads or a racetrack you'll find some shortcomings. First, its gear spacing is too wide. Chrysler's five-speed is aging, and even when backed by an engine with this much torque, the gaps between its gear ratios are too big. We found ourselves wishing for a ratio between 2nd and 3rd gears as well as 3rd and 4th gears, both on the street and on the track. The eight-speed automatic Chrysler will begin using in other vehicles this fall will solve the problem if it can be made to accommodate this much torque.

Furthermore, the five-speed box doesn't rev-match downshifts in Manual mode. Sure, there's a downshift paddle on the steering wheel, but request a downshift while under heavy braking and you'll find yourself with unneeded engine braking as the transmission attempts to make the engine speed match the wheel speed. It's as mechanically unappealing as it is dynamically disruptive.

This, according to Roselli, is a "Chrysler Safety Office" item. Translation? Blame the lawyers. Chrysler's policy is to refuse to open the electronic throttle unless a request for more torque has been made by the driver. Enthusiast driving be damned.

Reality Check
But let's get real. This isn't a vehicle most owners are going to take to the track. Heck, it's probably not one most are going to drive hard on their local twisty roads. This is a toy for hauling the family but one that is as engaging to drive as many sports cars. It's an all-wheel-drive sedan on a double dip of amphetamine with trucklike visibility and a 5,000-pound tow rating.

And there's not much that can beat it across an intersection. Jeep claims a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, a quarter-mile time in the mid-13-second range, 0.90g on the skid pad and 60 to zero in 116 feet. We ran an impromptu test on the media drive without the benefit of our usual test facility and discovered that, in fact, this Grand Cherokee might be slightly slower than its predecessor. Under less-than-ideal conditions and on a non-standard surface, our acceleration times were off the pace set by the old Grand Cherokee SRT8. According to Roselli, the two should run neck and neck. We'll wait for a full instrumented test at our usual location before leveling a verdict.

But when it comes to fuel economy, well, the verdict is in. This Jeep is no Prius. Even though there's a new active exhaust valve that allows cylinder deactivation over a wider range (a 13 percent fuel economy improvement on the highway), the EPA says the new Jeep is good for only 12 city and 18 highway mpg.

Final Details
At the end of the day it's not just stomping the gas that makes the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 special. Its interior is a combination of leather and suede, with deeply bolstered heated and ventilated seats and a meaty steering wheel. Interior quality is a notch behind its German competition, but its MSRP, at $54,470, is nearly $32,000 south of the X5 M and about $52,000 less costly than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. And that counts for something.

Four options are available: The Luxury Group adds a leather dash, power liftgate and adaptive cruise control. Three-season tires and a sunroof can be had separately. Also, there's an 825-watt Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers that sounds better than, well, the last chichi audio system we heard, which featured only 630 watts and 14 speakers.

We'll admit that a 160-mph Jeep capable of out-autocrossing German competitors costing 60 percent more might not be on the top of your need-to-have list. But any Jeep capable of bristling your neck hairs like this will, we guarantee, be on the top of your want-to-have list.

It's now on ours.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored press event to facilitate this report.

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