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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Video Road Test and Review

TJ Keon
by TJ Keon
December 19, 2011

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a four door five passenger mid size crossover utility vehicle that is available as an entry level 4x2 being powered by a Pentastar V6 all the way up to the top of the line Hemi powered SRT8 high performance sport truck.

The entry level Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 starts at $27,490 and is powered by a 3.6 Liter V6 that produces 290 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque that gets an estimated 17 MPG in the city and as much as 23 MPG on the highway, riding on a set of 17 inch cast aluminum rims, while the $29,490 Laredo 4x4 is available with Quadra-Trac I or Quadra-Trac II 4x4 systems.  The slightly more luxurious Laredo X 4x2 starts at $34,295 and adds leather trimmed heated front seats, Bluetooth hands free connectivity, a 6.5 inch touch screen multimedia display and 18 inch aluminum wheels, while the more capable $36,295 Laredo X 4x4 gets a Quadra-Trac II drive train with a two speed transfer case.

The $36,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 gets upgraded with heated leather wrapped seating both front and rear, Garmin navigation with built in Sirius XM traffic, CommandView dual pane sunroof, brighter bi-xenon headlamps and the Selec-Terrain system on Limited 4x4 models starting at $39,295.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 retails for $43,095 and is dressed up with a set of 20 inch painted wheels, supple Nappa leather seats with accent piping, wood accents and an instrument panel wrapped in leather.  The Overland also comes with a Premium touch screen navigation unit and available Quadra-Lift air suspension; with the Overland 4x4 starting at $42,995.  The Overland Summit 4x2 sells for $39,495 and gets a set of polished 20 inch rims, Saddle Nappa leather trim and Blind spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection as well as the available Quadra-Drove II 4x4 system for the $46,595 Overland Summit 4x4.

The top of the line Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, available as a 4x4 exclusively, is powered by a massive 6.4 Liter Hemi V8 producing 470 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque that can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds and continue on to a 155 MPH top speed while returning an estimated 12 MPG in the city and as much as 18 MPG on the highway.  The SRT8 adds high performance amenities like a set of 20 inch forged aluminum wheels housing a set of exotic Italian Brembo brake calipers and hiding an adaptive damping sport suspension as well as a leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters starting at $54,470.

A list of cars similar to the Grand Cherokee include the 2012 Ford Explorer, 2012 Toyota 4Runner and 2012 Honda Pilot.

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