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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Customer reviews

4.3 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

Pricing for current inventory

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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.

All Jeep Grand Cherokee years

New for 2012

  • The Grand Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the Altitude and Summit.
  • Grand Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Adjustable Suspension, Blind Spot Monitor, and Tow Hitch as standard equipment this year.
  • Infinity Sound System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Laredo trim now comes with Parking Sensors and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

Explore Jeep Grand Cherokee details

Laredo 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • DVD Video System
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

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Leg room

F 40.3"/R 38.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39.2"

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Max towing capacity

750/5000 lbs.



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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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 24th out of 30 among Midsize SUVs.

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