2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2012 Dodge Durango: Which One Should I Buy?

Medium to large SUVs are a fun class of vehicles: plenty large enough for moving people around, but if you really want to get out there in the mud and have some fun, they are still good for that type of activity as well. While not the most cost-effective vehicle to purchase or to drive, they do offer a fun factor that should be taken into account as well as the additional room and time between fill-ups.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are some of the larger offerings in the class, and they both include a higher price-point at nearly $30,000 to start. While the Durango is slightly more expensive, the difference is very slight and can easily be justified by the improvements offered for this version.

Dodge Durango 2012
2012 Dodge Durango

Interior Design and Controls

The continued trend you will see to differentiate the two models is that where the Durango is automatic, the Grand Cherokee will be manual; where the Durango has several options standard, the Cherokee will have the same options as “optional” from the base package. The interior look and feel is not dissimilar between the two options, but a few upgrades including a digital/analog instrument display for the Durango provide a little better experience.

Seating and Comfort

Again, the Durango provides just that little extra “something”, with 7-passenger seating standard in the base model, with only 5-seats standard for the Grand Cherokee. Bucket seats, 4-way driver-controlled seating adjustments and lumbar support for the driver are included in both versions. Split bench seating adds comfort and flexibility and optional DVD-audio options for the Grand Cherokee are yet another option that is standard on the Durango.

Safety and Security

Numerous air bags keep your family safe in both options, but the traction control in the Durango wins out with ABS and driveline traction controls. Both vehicles offer standard daytime running lights as well as illuminated entry, remote keyless entry and panic alarms. Rear child safety door locks are standard for both as well as low tire pressure warnings.

Seeing differences between these two options can be challenging; even the fuel economy is relatively similar with the only difference being the Grand Cherokee offers 1 mpg better gas mileage that the Durango, and that only in the city mpg numbers. Overall mileage is exactly the same as are the highway numbers. If you are willing to pay a bit more, then the Durango offers more standard options; if you need the economy option then the Grand Cherokee fits the bill.


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(4,807)

Rating Summary
4,481
175
36
37
78
4,481
175
36
37
78

Caz

17 years of experience
57 reviews
Caz
17 years of experience
Honda Insight - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Acworth, Georgia
Patient, thorough, professional and takes his time to explain things. This is the second time I have used Caz's services, and he consistently delivers. Look forward to working with him again.
Volvo XC90 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Alpharetta, Georgia
My husband and I are looking for a reliable used car for our teenage drivers. We had two that we were considering and wanted to have them inspected prior to purchasing. Caz did a thorough inspection of both vehicles and recommended we walk away from both. We really appreciated his transparency and knowledge. We will definitely use Caz again.

Chris

22 years of experience
2001 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
Porsche Macan - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Irvine, California
Chris you as so knowledgeable and really out my mid at ease with the private seller purchase. Highly recommend to anyone shopping for a car :)
Lexus ES300h - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Temecula, California
Amazing guy.... called and gave me what felt to be his honest and straightforward opinion on my vehicle.... def will book him again in the future for work

Casey

19 years of experience
27 reviews
Casey
19 years of experience
Hyundai Santa Fe - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Katy, Texas
Casey is awesome. Helped me fully understand the health of the used vehicle I was buying for my mother in law. Great service and very knowledgeable for sure. Casey found only one issue we needed to deal with and was able to book the repair just a few days later.

Colby

14 years of experience
21 reviews
Colby
14 years of experience
Ford Ranger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Longmont, Colorado
Colby called to notify me he was in route to the inspection--to ease my mind and to ask if there was anything in particular/extra I wanted him to check out. He was going to do a pre-purchase inspection of a 2002 Ford Ranger. He assured me that I hired the right guy since he'd worked for Ford for 13 years. An hour or so later, he called me while he was driving home to discuss his inspection. I could ask him everything I wanted as we dialogued. That was so helpful! And way more personable and real than just reading the report he emailed. The report was thorough and included a test drive. He had recommendations for some work to be immediately done; rotors & brake pads. Then, included the cost for him to do that work should I choose. The price was fair and not crazy expensive. I'm still deliberating on whether to have that done or to wait for my mechanic to do it once I have the truck. Thank you again Colby.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 GMC Acadia
When When it comes to finding the right SUV for your family, it seems like there are always a lot of compromises to be made. One vehicle is so performance and off-road oriented that you can’t imagine taking your kids...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota 4Runner
The The 2012 Toyota 4Runner was made for people with an active lifestyle. Its design is made to be a light off road alternative to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer. Key Features The Toyota 4Runner has...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Scion iQ
The The 2012 Scion iQ delivers the type of driving experience you would expect from a microcar. The higher fuel economy coupled with a tight turning radius provides an excellent vehicle for those who do a lot of city driving...

Related questions

How do I inspect the seat belt?

It’s a smart safety precaution to inspect your seat belts every few months. It’s important to notice any potential damage to a seat belt early on, so that you can get it replaced. Even if a seat belt appears to...

How does the security system work in a 2012 Honda Accord?

If your Accord has a security system as a standard feature (all but LX models), you have built in anti-theft protection. The system is designed to flash the lights and honk the horn if someone tries to enter the vehicle...

Why is HomeLink® not programming?

The HomeLink® system in your car is a handy convenience tool, but it’s not completely foolproof. If you’re experiencing problems programming the buttons, try these steps: Replace the batteries in your remote (the one for the garage door, security...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com