Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Priview Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks 1 out of 22 Affordable 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 safety data.

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 the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and reviewers say it shows. Though far from sporty, test drivers find that the Jeep Grand Cherokee drives more like a crossover than the burlyoff-road SUV that 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 unmistakably Jeep-like, it’s got an interior that some auto writers compare with luxury brands like Lexus. 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 in luxury SUV territory.

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 drive Chevrolet Suburban.