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Selected Style RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude
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Drivetrain

Trim

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