2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Mineral Gray Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,094 - $32,933
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
13 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
290-465
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.9Comfort 4.0Styling 3.9Value 3.2

Editor's Overview

Perhaps the most capable SUV with a unibody structure, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers admirable on-road comfort and legendary standards of off-road superiority. The Grand Cherokee's all-terrain mastery stems from its advanced 4-wheel drive system, air-lift suspension and a multi-mode traction management system.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Models & Trims

Laredo $16,378 - $19,567
Horsepower: 290 hp - 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Laredo Altitude $16,378 - $19,567
Horsepower: 290 hp - 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $16,094 - $19,519
Horsepower: 290 hp - 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Overland $16,183 - $19,732
Horsepower: 290 hp - 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Overland Summit $16,183 - $19,732
Horsepower: 290 hp - 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SRT8 $27,426 - $32,933
Horsepower: 465 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.47

Perks and insight on Jeep Cherokee.

I love the body of it and a lot of the features. I do wish the back seat was a little larger. I did get one that is not fully loaded and I wish I had gotten more features on it but even with the minimal features I love it. One thing I recently encountered is that this specific one has very specific parts. I was somewhat of a headache when I had to get the fuel pump replaced because it is more expensive getting the specific one. Besides that it has been a good car.

Jan S
Helpful

Pros and cons of Jeep grand Cherokee.

Pros, I like that I can drive it in all sorts of weather conditions. I feel safe in that respect. The seats are very comfortable and the gas mileage is good. Cons, it is not very old and already needed a new thermostat and now needs a catalytic converter which is 1000 dollars for the part alone. I also find the features hard to understand and adjust. They are not straight forward. I also do not like the blind spots and lack of visibility.

Sandy M
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Why my Jeep has my heart despite it is old age.

The Jeep is a very good car. No matter how old it is, it is still reliable to drive. We have had very few problems with it and it is comfortable to sit in when taking long trips to and from school which is an hour away from where I currently live. Though it does not have fancy technology, it works and drives just fine. I just plug my phone into the AUX cord and I can have music or a GPS or both at the same time.

Kit B
Helpful

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$16,378 - $19,567
$16,378 - $19,567

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 - 360 (hp)
290 - 360 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L VVT V6 flex fuel engine (REQ: NAS 50 State Emissions), 3.6L VVT V6 FLEX FUEL ENGINE, 5.7L VVT V8 HEMI MDS ENGINE
3.6L VVT V6 flex fuel engine (REQ: NAS 50 State Emissions), 3.6L VVT V6 FLEX FUEL ENGINE, 5.7L VVT V8 HEMI MDS ENGINE
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.3 (in.)
40.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.6 (in.)
38.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 (in.)
39.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P265/50R20
P265/50R20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
114.8 (in.)
114.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.1 (ft.)
37.1 (ft.)

Length

Length
189.8 (in.)
189.8 (in.)

Width

Width
76.3 (in.)
76.3 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4470 - 5020 (.lbs)
4470 - 5020 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
360 (hp)
360 (hp)

Torque

Torque
390 (ft. lbs.)
390 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
24.6 (gal.)
24.6 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

City

City
14 (mpg)
14 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
20 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Air Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Standard
Standard

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Traction control *
  • Four-wheel traction control *
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Trailer sway damping
  • Multi-stage front air bags
  • Front & rear side curtain air bags
  • Front side air bags *
  • Side air bags *
  • Enhanced accident response system
  • 3-point rear center seat belt
  • LATCH-ready child seat anchor system
  • Child seat upper tether anchors
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Dual note horns
  • Tire pressure monitoring system *
  • ParkView rear back-up camera *
  • ParkSense rear park assist *
  • Tire pressure monitoring system w/display *
  • Hill descent control (HDC) *
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot & cross path detection *
  • Selec-Trac system *
  • LED daytime running lamps

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (9)

Electrical System Oct 8, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 8, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V634000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango; and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured April 22, 2010, to January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.
Consequence:
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will replace the alternator, free of charge. The recall began on February 27, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P60.
Electrical System Jul 10, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 10, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V435000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango, and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles have electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and are equipped with a 5.7L or a 3.6L engine and a 160, 180 or 220 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.
Consequence:
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the alternator and depending on the part number, will replace the alternator, if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 24, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T36.
Engine And Engine Cooling Sep 26, 2011
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 26, 2011
NHTSA Campaign:
11V487000
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHRYSLER VEHICLES, INCLUDING 200 AND TOWN AND COUNTRY MODELS, DODGE VEHICLES, INCLUDING CHARGER, DURANGO, GRAND CARAVAN AND JOURNEY MODELS AND JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 31, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13, 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH 3.6L ENGINES. THESE ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE CONNECTING ROD BEARING FAILURE DUE TO DEBRIS INSIDE THE ENGINE BLOCK.
Consequence:
CONNECTING ROD FAILURE MAY LEAD TO ENGINE SEIZURE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE ENGINE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Electrical System, Interior Lighting Dec 28, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 28, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V879000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured December 3, 2009, to September 1, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after having been remedied for a prior recall for the vanity lamp wiring. This recall is also addressing certain vehicles that have not been remedied under that prior recall.
Consequence:
The vanity lamp wiring may short, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealer will install clearance for sun visor wiring, protection from sharp edges, and replace the sun visor, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R71.
Electrical System Feb 27, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 27, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V115000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured September 17, 2010, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6, 5.7 or 6.4 liter engine, and 2012-2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured January 18, 2011, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6 or 5.7 liter engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.
Consequence:
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R09. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-530.
Electrical System > Wiring Jul 1, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 1, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V391000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed.
Consequence:
If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36.
Service Brakes , Service Brakes, Hydraulic Apr 1, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 1, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V154000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside.
Consequence:
The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14.
Service Brakes, Hydraulic Mar 4, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 4, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V104000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 11, 2011, through October 1, 2012. Under certain braking events, the Ready Alert Braking System (RAB) may result in the driver experiencing a hard brake pedal feel.
Consequence:
If the driver experiences a hard brake pedal, the driver may not push the pedal as intended, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P05.
Service Brakes, Service Brakes, Hydraulic Sep 18, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 18, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V572000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles had brake booster shields installed under a previous campaign to prevent water from entering the brake booster and limiting braking ability. This recall is to verify that the brake booster shield installation was performed properly.
Consequence:
If the brake booster shield was not installed properly, the vehicle's braking ability may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster shield, correcting the installation as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 7, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T59.

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