Jeep is an automobile marque of Chrysler (itself a subsidiary of Fiat). The first Willys Jeeps were produced in 1941 with the first civilian models in 1945, making it the oldest off-road vehicle and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover, which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand. The original Jeep vehicle, that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the US Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the post war period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.
In his review about 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the autochannel says about Jeep brand:
Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in Laredo (at $27.490 for 4×2 drivetrain and $29.490 for 4×4), Laredo X (at $34.295 for 4×2 and $36.295 for 4×4), Limited (at $36.795 for 4×2 and $39.295 for 4×4), Overland (at $43.095 for 4×2 and $42.995 for 4×4) and Overland Summit ($39.495 for 4×2 and $46.595 for 4×4) trims. A high-performance SRT8 version (at $54.470, only 4×4) joins the Grand Cherokee lineup for 2012.
Standard equipment of 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD-player and an auxiliary audio jack. An optional package adds a power driver seat, satellite radio, an iPod interface and keyless entry/ignition. The Security and Convenience package includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cargo cover, Bluetooth and remote engine start. A back-up camera, leather upholstery and a premium sound system with nine speakers is also available.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited gets all the Laredo’s optional equipment plus 18-inch wheels, aditional chrome trim, rear-parking sensors, automatic wipers, bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and more. The Limited model’s options include a power and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering-wheel and ventilated front seats.
The Overland gets all the Limited’s option plus the variable-height Quadra-Lift air suspension and special exterior and interior trim that includes a mesh grille, perforated leather seating and a wood/leather steering wheel. The Overland Summit tops it off with additional exterior chrome accents, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and blind-spot/rear cross-path detection system.
The high-performance 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes with most of the Overland’s luxury features along with an exclusive V8 engine, color-keyed grille, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED running lights, paddle shifters and carbon-fiber cabin accents.
All trims of 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee (except the SRT8) are powered by a 290-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque 3.6-liter V6 engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. 4×2 models have a rating of 17 mpg city and 23 miles per gallon highway while 4×4 models achieve 16 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway. Optional is the legendary 5.7-liter MDS V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic. This engine delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. All 4×4 models see improved fuel economy ratings of 13 miles per gallon city and 20 mpg highway. 4×2 models have a rating of 14 mpg city/ 20 mpg highway. The MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V8 mode when more power from the 5.7-liter MDS engine is requested.
The new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT 8 packs a new 6.4-liter V8 engine with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy is rated at 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
The combination of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction system lets customers choose the 4×4 setting for the optimum experience on all terrains. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain, braking and suspension systems including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC). Front and rear independent suspension features isolated front and rear suspensions cradles. Variable-rate rear springs deliver uncompromised on-road handling and comfort that complements the vehicle’s off-road capability. The rear suspension allows the spare tire to be stored inside the vehicle.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes more than 45 safety and security features and is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation (ERM), four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with rough-road detection, four-wheel brake traction control system, seat-belt pretensioners, full-length side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, active head restraints and more.
The Edmunds says about 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee:
With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.
The 2012 Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover platform with seating for up to seven in three rows. In Kia’s lineup, the 2012 Sorento sits above the compact Sportage crossover. It competes roughly with smaller crossovers that also offer a third row like Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The 2012 Kia Sorento is a SUV offered in a four trim levels: base (starting at $21.250 MSRP), LX (starting at $23.130), EX (starting at $25.950) and the sporty SX (starting at $33.150 MSRP). A third row 50/50-split folding seat with room for two is optional on the LX and EX, and standard on the EX V6 and SX.
The base model of 2012 Kia Sorento comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accesories, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping multifunctioning steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD sound system with satellite radio, an iPod adapter and an auxiliary audio jack. Moving up to the LX nets a six-speed automatic transmission, body-colored heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and a second row armrest. Optional for the Kia Sorento LX is the Convenience Package which includes the more powerful four-cylinder engine for front-wheel-drive models, foglamps, rear parking sensors, back-up camera, heated front seats and roof rails.
The EX starts with the LX’s equipment and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The SX model of 2012 Kia Sorento is similar to the EX V6 fitted with the Premium packages. It comes with more aggressive exterior styling details, a sport-tuned suspension and unique metallic interior trim. The panoramic sunroof is optional.
A new more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available on 2012 Kia Sorento. This new direct-injected engine is rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on EX model and optional on LX. The old 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque comes standard on base and LX trim levels. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base four-cylinder is 21 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway with the front-wheel-drive automatic. Fuel economy for the direct-injected four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21/28 with all-wheel drive.
Optional on LX and EX models and standard on the SX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. It is offered only with the six-speed automatic transmission and gets the Kia Sorento from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Fuel economy with front-wheel drive is 20 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Kia Sorento provides a feeling of spaciousness with both five- and seven-passenger seating configurations (third row optional) making the Sorento more versatile than most of its compact CUV competitors. With 142.5 cubic feet of interior volume when equipped with five seats or 149.4 cubic feet with seven, 2012 Sorento is spacious with generous head and legroom for optimal occupant comfort.
Like all Kia vehicles, the 2012 Kia Sorento is equipped with a plethora of standard safety equipment. All trims come outfitted with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).