I was researching and looking for a SUV to buy for over a year and my wife and I decided to buy a 2012 Laredo X. We had a shortlist of a used Acura MDX, Murano, Highlander, 4Runner (not the current model version), and the GC. The reliability history of Jeep scared me, but CR came out with their reliability results for the 2011 GC and it got an "average" rating which I thought was pretty good for a new model year vehicle.
That basically sealed the deal so we ordered a Laredo X (All Weather group, Nav) because we both really liked everything about the GC. With all the other models, each of us would have gripes but with the GC we both loved it.
On the 2012's btw, they come with Michelin Latitude Tours, not whatever cheaper tire they had before. If you get the Off-Road packages, I think they come with a Goodyear AT tire.