(4.5) 84 reviews
MSRP: $10,157$30,565
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 15-20
Engine: 290-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our Take on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our Take

The Grand Cherokee has a standard 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. A 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 is optional. The Grand Cherokee comes in rear- or four-wheel drive. Initially developed during DaimlerChrysler's tenure, it shares framework with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class crossover. A high-performance ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Cheap-looking silver interior trim
  • Bumpy, unrefined feel on highway
  • Modest V-6 performance
  • Rear seat belts difficult for kids to buckle

Notable Features

  • 290-hp V-6 or 360-hp V-8
  • Three 4WD systems
  • Available Quadra-Lift air suspension
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • 7,400-pound towing capacity
  • New high-performance 470-hp SRT8 version

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.