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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
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Less a crossover than some of its five-seat ute competitors, the Grand Cherokee has real off-road capability baked into its rugged body shell.

Priced well below the Mercedes M-Class that's a distant relative, the Jeep competes with the Ford Explorer, though the Explorer is now a crossover, with everything from an optional turbo four engine to voice controls for its infotainment system.

The Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse are seven-seat crossovers, inexpensive enough to be considered as alternatives for those who use their Jeeps that way.

For more adventurous drivers, the VW Touareg has some trail-riding talent and a very upscale interior, while the Land Rover LR4 seats seven and truly can trundle through messy terrain with skill.

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8.6
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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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One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting.
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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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Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a burly off-roader with a luxurious, high-class interior; just don't expect it to handle or perform like a car or crossover.
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The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
MSRP From     
$27,195$29,660$28,280$28,620$48,900$43,375
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door Laredo AltitudeFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door LX4WD 4-Door LUX Limited Edition4-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
587855
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
 
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