Compare 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2012 Ford Explorer vs 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
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2012 Ford Explorer
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS 16 23 $30,077 $31,660
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 16 23 $33,022 $34,760
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 16 23 $36,009 $37,905
Traverse AWD 4-Door LTZ 16 23 $38,983 $41,035
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $28,177 $29,660
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $31,122 $32,760
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $34,109 $35,905
Traverse FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $37,083 $39,035
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,077
$28,677
$28,743
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,660
$30,280
$29,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$528 / month
$505 / month
$487 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting. 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
City
16 mpg 17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
- - 4
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 33.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 40.5 39.2
Passenger Capacity
8 7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
48.3 40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 61.0 58.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.6 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.3 57.0
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 39.8 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.4 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.1 151.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in)
57.8 56.7 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 61.3 58.7
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.4 78.9 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
67.8 67.0 63.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.2 7.6 8.6
Length, Overall (in)
205.0 197.1 189.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.4 69.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 32.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.4 67.0 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
118.9 112.6 114.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
116.4 80.7 68.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
24.4 21.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.8 43.8 35.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 - TBD - 12.6 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 1.1 - TBD - 12.9 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 18.6 24.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 15.8 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.9 37.1
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD - 3.67
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P245/70R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - TY8
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA TBK
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17 P245/70R17
Rear Tire Order Code
QPR - TBD - TY8
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 300 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4859 4732 4660
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.8 - TBD - 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 650 700
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 175 160
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
281 @ 6300 290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 3400 255 @ 4100 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LLT 998 ERB
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 1.00
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 2.19
Trans Order Code
MH6 44J DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.39 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.41
Trans Type
6 6 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.26 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Linked H-Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Coil-Over Strut MacPherson strut Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.86 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 3
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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