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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RWD 4-Door Laredo
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Laredo 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
4WD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
RWD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $34,724 $36,795
4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $37,059 $39,295
RWD 4-Door Overland 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
4WD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door SRT8 12 18 $52,150 $54,670
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 15 20 $48,984 $53,245
4WD 4-Door Premium 15 20 $53,396 $58,040
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4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,803
$48,984
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,195
$53,245
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$453 / 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.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 15 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
57.0 56.5 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.6 34.1 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.0 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 141.4 143.0
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 Capacity
5 7 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 57.3 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 41.7 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 35.2 38.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.5 50.5
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.3 34.2
Third Hip Room (in)
- 43.1 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 109.8 121.1
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
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
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
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
Spare Tire Order Code
TBK NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6500 7500
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4470 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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 15 17
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Grand Cherokee Lexus GX 460 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4-Door SUV Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Double Wishbone Independent
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 11.0 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 2 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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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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