Despite its manners and polish the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee still upholds its reputation for off-road prowess. While still hefty, the look of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is more hunkered-down. It's one inch lower than other Grand Cherokee models and further differentiates itself with unique wheel flares and side-sill cladding. A double-scooped hood gives extra ventilation for the grunting powerplant beneath. In the rear, monstrous four-inch tailpipes mark the exits for the dual exhaust system.
Safety features on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 include electronic stability control, antilock brakes, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, brake assist, brake override (which reduces engine power in case of simultaneous braking and throttle application), backup camera, trailer sway control (to aid in towing), navigation and Chrysler's U-Connect hands-free system. The Grand Cherokee offered rugged off-road capability but a substandard cabin, substandard passenger space and an underpowered but thirsty V6.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in Laredo, Limited and Overland trims. Each is available with 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains.
The Limited gets all the Laredo's optional equipment plus 18-inch wheels, additional chrome trim, bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a Garmin navigation system, automatic wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions, heated front and rear seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
Up front, the seats are comfortable and supportive, especially in the SRT8 with its more aggressively bolstered sport seats. Backseat riders likewise benefit from ideal cushioning and, unlike in older Grand Cherokees, will also find ample knee- and legroom. The Grand Cherokee SRT8's interior features SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede upholstery, with sculpted bucked seats for the driver and front passenger.
With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV. For 2012, the Jeep Grand Cherokee slightly improves its fuel economy and adds a couple of trim levels, including the posh Overland Summit and the return of the hot-rod SRT8 variant.
Some information for this review was obtained from NewCarTestDrive.com
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