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Compare 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2012 Lexus GX vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2012 Lexus GX
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Select style
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
Select style
4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GX 460 4WD 4-Door 15 20 $48,984 $53,245
GX 460 4WD 4-Door Premium 15 20 $53,396 $58,040
Select style
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,743
$48,984
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,195
$53,245
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$487 / month
$887 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
8.8
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. The 2012 GX 460 is a good pick for those who need the serious towing ability of a body-on-frame SUV, along with the refinement of a Lexus. But gas mileage is dismal, and it has some pretty critical packaging flaws that limit its usefulness. With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 15 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 7 7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.6 34.1 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.0 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 55.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 55.4 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.4 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 141.4 143.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 57.3 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.7 40.3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.0 56.5 - TBD -
Third Hip Room (in)
- 43.1 - TBD -
Third Head Room (in)
- 35.2 38.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.5 50.5
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.3 34.2
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 74.2 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
63.9 62.4 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.6 8.1 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 189.2 200.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.4 74.2 72.4
Liftover Height (in)
32.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 62.4 65.1
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 109.8 121.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.1 46.7 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA - TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.7 91.9 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 11.6 14.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA - TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 51.5
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x 1.2 13.3 x - TBD - 14.7 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)
12.6 x 0.6 12.3 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
24.6 23.0 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.67 3.0 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.9 18.4 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 38.1 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 265/60R18 P275/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
TY8 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 265/60R18 P275/50R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact 265/60R18 NA
Front Tire Order Code
TY8 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBK NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 975 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6500 7500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4660 5128 5512
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 7.5 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 7.5 20 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
700 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 329 @ 3500 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
ERB NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 4.6L/281 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 301 @ 5500 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 15 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 17 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.56 - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.58 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.52 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.40 1.92
Trans Type
5 6 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00 - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.22 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.04 2.86
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.09 3.90 3.45
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4-Door SUV Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Jeep Grand Cherokee Lexus GX 460 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link Rigid Axle Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.0 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2 2
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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