Compare 2012 BMW X5 vs 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2012 BMW X5
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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AWD 4-Door 35d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X5 AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
X5 AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
X5 AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
X5 AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
X5 AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
X5 M AWD 4-Door 12 17 $80,270 $87,250
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4WD 4-Door Laredo
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $37,059 $39,295
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door SRT8 12 18 $52,150 $54,670
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Laredo 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $34,724 $36,795
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Overland 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
M-Class 4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$52,165
$28,743
$45,561
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,700
$29,195
$48,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$945 / month
$487 / month
$817 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
NA - -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 57.0 58.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA - -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.6 38.6 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
36.6 39.9 38.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.4 105.4 132.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 56.2 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.0 58.7 58.5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 39.2 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 58.0 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.0 40.3 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 8.6 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 189.8 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 69.4 71.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 64.1 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.5 114.8 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.1 76.3 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.9 64.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 41.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
21.9 35.1 36.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 75.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
75.2 68.7 71.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.9 x 1.2 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.6 x 0.6 12.8 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 24.6 27.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.67 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.5 18.9 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.0 37.1 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P245/70R17 P255/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - TY8 NA
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P245/70R17 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - TY8 NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 5000 7200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
900 750 1080
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5192 4660 4751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.0 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 700 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 160 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
425 @ 1750-2250 260 @ 4800 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code
NA ERB NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 4200 290 @ 6400 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Diesel I6 Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 3.59 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.41 1.92
Trans Type
6 5 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00 - TBD -
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.16 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.19 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.09 3.90
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X5 Jeep Grand Cherokee Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent SLA Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.7 9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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