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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Laredo 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
RWD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $34,724 $36,795
RWD 4-Door Overland 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $37,059 $39,295
4WD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door SRT8 12 18 $52,150 $54,670
RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
4WD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,837
$26,803
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,280
$27,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$453 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in) 33.2 -
Second Head Room (in) 40.5 39.2
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Hip Room (in) 40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.0 58.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 40.3
Third Head Room (in) 37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in) 57.3 57.0
Third Shoulder Room (in) 50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in) 39.8 38.6
Front Head Room (in) 41.4 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 151.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in) 56.7 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.3 58.7
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.9 76.3
Track Width, Front (in) 67.0 63.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.6 8.6
Length, Overall (in) 197.1 189.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 69.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 32.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.0 64.1
Wheelbase (in) 112.6 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.7 68.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 21.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.8 35.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 12.9 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.6 24.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 37.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.67
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.8 18.9
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/65R17 P265/50R20
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - TY8
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBK
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P265/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - TY8
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4557 4470
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 20 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 20 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 700
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 175 160
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 255 @ 4100 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code 998 ERB
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.19
Trans Order Code 44J DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 3.59
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.41
Trans Type 6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.00 NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.83
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.26 NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.86 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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