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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

3.5 out of 5


  • Nice to drive but also very capable off-road
  • High tow rating


  • Cargo space isn't overly generous
  • Optional navigation isn't the most user-friendly

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee impresses a year after redesign

The Grand Cherokee underwent a complete redesign for 2011, and the all-new SUV transformed into a genuine contender. It has a sharp new look, an upscale interior, and a powerful but fuel-efficient V6 as standard. Off-road prowess is expected when there's a Jeep badge on the hood, and the 2012 Grand Cherokee doesn't disappoint. The standard model is very capable in the rough, and you can add an off-road-specific suspension and 4x4 hardware for even more capability. Previously the Grand Cherokee's rugged ability came with a less than stellar experience on the road. But the 2022 Grand Cherokee drives more like a crossover than a traditional 4x4, with a comfortable-riding suspension, good control in the corners, and decent handling.

Powering it is a base 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine or an optional 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. The V6 uses a five-speed automatic, and the V8 features a six-speed transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but there's the option of four-wheel drive via Jeep's Quadra-Trac I® and Quadra-Trac II® systems. The latter comes with a two-speed transfer case and Jeep's Selec-Terrain® system that can optimize settings for off-roading and other terrain. For 2012 Jeep reintroduced its performance flagship model, the SRT8, and it comes with a scorching fast 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 and a more road-oriented adaptive suspension. Trim levels start with the Laredo, followed by the Limited, Overland, Overland Summit, and the SRT8. Surrounded by stiff competition, the well-rounded Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very attractive choice. And if you want big performance for not much money, the SRT8 is pretty much in a class of its own.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a car that is liked by many customers. They like the power, style, and luxury of the car. They also like the size of the car and the gas mileage.
5 Stars33
4 Stars14
3 Stars5
2 Stars2
1 Star1

RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the Jeep Grand Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Grand Cherokee 27th out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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