The 2012 Jeep
Grand Cherokee ranks 1 out of 22Affordable
Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 25 published reviews and
test drives of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and our analysis of reliability and
Reviewers rave about the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s
combination of on-road poise, off-road brawn and interior comfort.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee shares a platform with the2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and
reviewers say it shows. Though far from sporty, test drivers find that the Jeep
Grand Cherokee drives more like acrossoverthan the burlyoff-road SUVthat it is. Still, there are a few
improvements in its drivetrain and performance that reviewers wish to see, even
after the Grand Cherokee’s much-needed and much-loved overhaul last year.
Though the Grand Cherokee’s performance is unmistakablyJeep-like, it’s got an interior that
some auto writers compare with luxury brands likeLexus. Previous generations of the
Grand Cherokee are infamous for their cheap, low-quality interiors, so
reviewers are doubly impressed that Jeep was able to improve the new model’s
interior so drastically. That shows through in its price though, since
fully-equipped, top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee trims can run up a tab that
places them inluxury SUVterritory.
Overall, most test drivers say that if you’re looking for
a family SUV that can handle off-road trips and carpool duty, the 2012 Jeep
Grand Cherokee is a top pick in its class. Just be prepared to make frequent
stops at the pump. Some four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee models get worse gas
mileage than a four-wheel driveChevrolet