Compare 2012 Ford Explorer vs 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Ford Explorer
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2012 Toyota 4Runner
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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
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4WD 4-Door V6 Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,380 $40,630
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $30,205 $32,830
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,815 $36,755
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,508 $38,595
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $28,603 $31,090
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,677
$28,743
$37,380
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,280
$29,195
$40,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$505 / month
$487 / month
$677 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
8.2
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. The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 56.2 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.7 57.8
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 - NA
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.2 38.6
Passenger Capacity
7 5 5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 - NA
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 58.0 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 40.3 41.7
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 - NA
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 57.0 56.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 - NA
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 38.6 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.9 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4 97.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 64.1 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 114.8 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76.3 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 63.9 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 8.6 9.6
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 189.8 189.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 69.4 70.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 35.1 47.2
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 - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 68.7 89.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Brakes
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 12.3 x - TBD -
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)
- TBD - 12.9 x 1.2 13.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 24.6 23.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 18.9 18.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 37.1 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.67 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - TY8 NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/70R17 P245/60R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Full Size
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - TY8 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/70R17 P245/60R20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 750 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4732 4660 4805
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Full Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 700 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 160 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.6L/220 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400 270 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 260 @ 4800 278 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
998 ERB 1GR
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.41 1.4
Trans Type
6 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00 1.0
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.16 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.19 2.04
Trans Order Code
44J DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.09 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00 1.0
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.59 3.52
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee Toyota 4Runner
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 NA 1.22
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link 4-Link Rigid
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs Coil Spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.86 NA 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6 9.8
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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