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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo – Car Review by Lauren Fix

If you’re interested in a SUV that can drive off-road and still provide all the daily comforts, here’s one car to consider. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, has a closer look at the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Make/ Model — 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

MPG — 17 city/23 hwy mpg
Engine – 3.6L V6 flex-fuel or
Optional 5.7L V8 engine
Price — starts at $26,995

Standard/ Options:

•4-wheel drive
•MP3 Player
•Side/Curtain Airbags
•Stability and Traction Control
•Navigation System (Optional)
•Bluetooth (Optional)
•iPod input (Optional)
•Satellite radio (Optional)

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is a mid-sized SUV that offers rugged off-road capability with a well-trimmed and roomier interior, powerful V6 engine, and a more refined performance and ride.

This Grand Cherokee still upholds its reputation for off-road competence, offering an optional adjustable air suspension (“Quadra-Lift”) that can vary the ride height from 6.6 inches for easy passenger and roof rack loading, to 10.7 inches for serious off-road work. Additionally, a drive-mode selector (“Selec-Terrain”) can tailor the suspension for specific types of terrain.

The Grand Cherokee is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configuration with four trims levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, and SRT8.
Inside, the Jeep Laredo offers adaptive cruise control, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, rear seat DVD entertainment system, and a rear parking camera. A multimedia infotainment system with 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system, and UConnect wireless connectivity is also available.

For 2012, a new SRT8 trim has been added, featuring a 5.7-litre V8 engine, six-speed automatic, unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, and real carbon fiber interior accents.

Competes with:

•Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
•GMC Terrain SLT
•Ford Edge
•Hyundai Santa Fe
•Nissan Pathfinder
•Honda Pilot
•Toyota 4Runner

Likes:

•Luxury levels of interior comfort
•Legendary off-road capabilities
•Plenty of rear-seat space

Dislikes:

•Poor fuel economy
•High base price
•Dated five-speed transmission
With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin, and legendary off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.

Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 1/10/2012
All content rights belong to Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

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