2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x4

December 6, 2012
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Left Side View
What's in a name? Well, for Mark Johnson of Sanger, California, the "Altitude" name represents a free Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway. Jeep presented a "production-intent" version of its Grand Cherokee with a blacked-out exterior design theme at the Houston Auto Show last January and launched the Name My Ride campaign in which it invited the general public to help choose a name for the production model that would follow. (Similar blacked-out editions of the Patriot and Compass have also been created.) Mr. Johnson's submission was chosen as the best, and we agree that it's the perfect name for a Jeep trim level. Wish we'd thought of it. With it, Jeep has an attractive model that's above the base Laredo but a little more affordable than the Limited and much more affordable than the top-of-the-line Overland. Not that our tester, at $42K, is what one would call cheap. Unless I towed frequently, I'd save myself $1700 and choose the standard V-6 over this example's optional V-8 and get significantly better fuel economy in the bargain (16/23 mpg city/highway with the V-6 vs. 13/20 mpg with the V-8). In any case, it's good to see that Jeep is keeping the Grand Cherokee, which we very much like, fresh. Nice job, Jeep, and congratulations, Mark Johnson.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
The Latitude's $42,200 list price is actually some $3000 less than the V-6-powered Overland that we had for a four seasons test, and I honestly couldn't think of anything I missed. Except, perhaps, that V-6. I'm usually happy to have more power, but the Grand Cherokee's relatively soft suspension doesn't seem to appreciate the Hemi's extra 300 pounds and 70 horsepower. It bounces around more than I remember and just feels less smooth and sophisticated. The rather touchy throttle surely doesn't help. The V-8's extra towing capability and muscular noise probably appeals to traditional Grand Cherokee buyers, but those who want a modern SUV would do better with the V-6.
David Zenlea, Associate Editor

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x4

MSRP (with destination): $30,120
PRICE AS TESTED: $42,200
ENGINE:
5.7-liter OHV V-8
Horsepower: 360 hp @ 5150 rpm
Torque: 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
TRANSMISSION:
6-speed automatic
DRIVE:
Four-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
20-inch aluminum wheels
265/50TR-20 Goodyear Fortera HL tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
13/20/15 mpg
CURB WEIGHT:
5020 lb
CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/7
Cargo (rear seats upright/folded): 35.1/68.7 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 40.3/38.6 in
Headroom (front/rear): 39.9/39.2 in
Towing: 7200 lb
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Deep Cherry Red/Black
STANDARD FEATURES:
Quadra-Trac I 4WD system
Stability control
Hill start assist
Trailer sway damping
Cruise control
Front passenger fold-flat seat
Dual-zone climate control
2 12V power outlets
Premium insulation group
Uconnect 130
6-speaker audio system
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Altitude Edition- $6600
Black w/bright mesh grille
Black license plate brow
20-inch painted aluminum wheels
Leather-trimmed heated front seats
8-way power front seats
Remote start
6.5-inch touchscreen display
Bluetooth
Rear parking assist
Rearview camera
Automatic dual-zone climate control
9-speaker audio system w/subwoofer
USB port
115V power outlet
Cargo compartment cover
Laredo E group- $2000
Keyless entry and ignition
SiriusXM satellite radio w/one-year subscription
5.7-liter V-8 engine- $1695
Hill descent control
Quadra-Trac II 4WD system
Selec-Terrain system
Power single-pane sunroof- $895
Power liftgate- $495
Garmin navigation system w/Uconnect 430N- $395
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Trailer tow group IV- $695
Dual-pane panoramic sunroof- $1295
ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude was first shown as concept at the Houston auto show in January.
COMPARE TO:
Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner

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