I purchased a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Overland Edition, with the Pentastar V6, about a year ago for $38,500 (cars.com advertised price). I sold it a month ago for financial reasons, but would re...
I purchased a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Overland Edition, with the Pentastar V6, about a year ago for $38,500 (cars.com advertised price). I sold it a month ago for financial reasons, but would recommend it for anyone in the market for a luxury SUV. My review is based on 12,000 miles of mixed highway/city drving in the DC metropolitan area, with a few long (800-2000 mile roundtrip) highway trips.
Decent gas mileage- 21 mpg overall, 24 mpg on long highway trips
Smooth, quiet engine
Roof rail tracks require expensive aftermarket attachments to be useful, compared to vehicles with traditional roof rails.
The 5 speed automatic transmission slipped occasionally when driving in heavy traffic.
The Overland Edition, with 20 inch tires, hydroplaned frequently in heavy rain, especially when hitting puddles.
The Uconnect phone was difficult to use (it frequently misunderstood my requests). It was also very annoying when it would ask "mobile, is this correct?" when the mobile number was the only one listed in the directory. I found myself yelling at the dashboard frequently, in an attempt to get the phone to understand my requests. When I did this, it would shut off, and I had to repeat the process. I have similar complaints about the voice activated GPS.
The CD player requires that the touchscreen flip open to change CDs. If you receive a call while doing this, the touchscreen will suddenly close, and damage your CD . The CD player also skipped frequently when playing CDs burned from a computer.
I can't comment on the 4 wheel drive system since I never really drove it offroad (other than a grassy parking area) or in snow. I was disappointed by the hydroplaning, and had read that the base model (Laredo) with smaller tires didn't have this issue.
The 2014 models will have a new 8 speed automatic transmission, which hopefully won't slip.
I think the 2011-2013 Grand Cherokees are the best looking SUVs on the road. Its a shame that Jeep is changing the styling for the 2014 models.
They are very comfortable and luxurious, and the Overland Edition is a great value compared to other Luxury SUVs, but Jeep needs to work on the hydroplaning and transmission slippage.