2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: An SUV For All Surfaces

The current generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be considered a bit of a senior in the automotive sphere since it has been on sale for close to a decade. That's a long time, especially in the talent-rich midsize SUV segment where much newer competitors like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe have arrived. But the ace up the Jeep's sleeve is its ability to combine a comfortable cabin and lots of features with the confidence to head off-road when asked to do so. A mix of powerful V6 and V8 engines (the previously available diesel has been canned for 2020) also endows the Grand Cherokee with strong performance, while its infotainment system feels thoroughly modern. Fuel economy and cargo capacity are downsides, but considering its age, the Grand Cherokee has lots of life left in it and isn't ready to head off into retirement just yet.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2019 Grand Cherokee?

This year, Jeep has dropped the previously available diesel engine, relying instead on its tried and trusted V6 and V8 powerplants. A host of other trim-specific adjustments have been made, with the Limited/Trailhawk variants getting a single-pane sunroof as standard. The Laredo, Limited, and Trailhawk can be equipped with a new Premium Lighting Group with add-ons like HID headlamps and LED fog lamps. The base Laredo can now be equipped with the Jeep Active Safety Group containing lane departure warning, advanced brake assist, and more. The Overland and Summit have new interior color choices, while the High Altitude has a new Granite Crystal wheel design.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Confident, unmistakably Jeep styling has aged well
  • Not afraid to get its boots dirty
  • Loads of features, especially on higher trims
  • Logical, responsive infotainment system
  • Some rivals have greater cargo capacity
  • Not especially light on fuel
  • Suspension tuning is on the firm side

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Laredo
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,150
Upland
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,150
Laredo E
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,150
Altitude
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,150
North
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,450
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2020 Grand Cherokee Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 189.8 in
  • Wheelbase 114.8 in
  • Height 69.3 in
  • Max Width 76.5 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in
  • Curb Weight 4,513.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$245
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat +$245
  • Walnut Brown Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$245
  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat +$245
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl +$245
  • Green Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Ivory 3-Coat +$595
  • Bright White Clearcoat

2020 Grand Cherokee Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 MDS VVT
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Grand Cherokee is a solid, but not exceptional, performer on the road, with newer crossovers like the Kia Telluride and Honda Passport offering a smoother ride. It's far from unlivable, though, as the big Jeep feels planted and composed on the highway, helped by the easy power from the engines, good NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) control, and the comfortable seats. The suspension is a bit firmer than some would like, but we'd stop short of calling it harsh; the Grand Cherokee still manages to contain the worst bumps before they reach the cabin. Through corners, some body lean is perceptible, but it's nothing too alarming and while there is good weighting to the steering, it doesn't communicate much.

Off-road, the Grand Cherokee makes more of a statement. Four suspension systems are available, including the Quadra-Lift air suspension that increases ground clearance and approach/breakover/departure angles. The Quadra-Trac II 4WD system boasts a two-speed transfer case and hill-descent control. Along with an available rear electronic limited-slip differential, the Grand Cherokee has excellent traction across rough terrain and the ability to raise the air suspension helps it cope admirably with larger obstacles. The simple Selec-Terrain traction management system on 4WD versions allows you to switch between driving modes like snow and sand, while the system automatically distributes power between the front and rear wheels.

The combination of the Jeep's excellent off-road prowess and its good manners on the road make it a formidable SUV for adventure junkies who also need a refined daily driver.

2020 Grand Cherokee Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

2020 Grand Cherokee Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Grand Cherokee Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee a good SUV?

The short answer is yes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a capable SUV. Despite the rising standards in the segment, most manufacturers have chosen to focus on on-road refinement and improved efficiency, whereas the Grand Cherokee can be equipped with everything you need to confidently head off-road. The V6 and V8 engines are hardly thrifty, but they feel suitably strong in a large, rugged SUV like this. Some other midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot do a better job of accommodating cargo and riding with more compliance than the Jeep, but the Grand Cherokee's comfortable cabin - especially in the top trims - keep it in contention. The Uconnect infotainment system and the inclusion of driver aids like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection have also shown Jeep's commitment to keeping the Grand Cherokee relevant. Rather than hastily reintroducing an all-new model, Jeep has proven that when the basics are in place, it's possible to extend the life of a model line like the Grand Cherokee while still providing the consumer with a competitive product.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparisons

Ford Explorer Ford
Toyota 4Runner Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Grand Cherokee293 hp19/26 mpg$38,325
Ford Explorer 300 hp21/28 mpg$35,510
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$37,815

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been thoroughly revised for the 2020 model year, which should boost the SUV's already stellar sales numbers. The Explorer's sharp new suit does make the Grand Cherokee look a bit dated, and with up to 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque in the Explorer ST thanks to a turbocharged V6, it's the much peppier performer. The Explorer is much more efficient and also rides and handles with more composure, but despite available all-wheel-drive, the Jeep's greater ride height and available off-road gear sees it lead the way when the going gets tough. The Explorer can seat seven, or if you want, it can seat five with far more cargo room than the Grand Cherokee. Priced similarly to each other, the outcome here is clear: the much newer Ford Explorer is a considerably better SUV than the Grand Cherokee unless off-roading ranks highly on your list of priorities.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Toyota 4Runner

The rugged Toyota 4Runner is another midsize SUV that won't shy away from rough terrain. Another similarity to the Grand Cherokee is the 4Runner's age, with the current generation having been first introduced in 2010. The 4Runner starts at $36,120, a bit pricier than the base Grand Cherokee, and all versions make use of a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp - that's down on the Jeep V6's output and way down on the Jeep's available V8. As mentioned, both are impressive off-roaders, but you'll need the Grand Cherokee's available air suspension to match the approach/departure/ground clearance figures of the 4Runner. The Toyota can seat up to seven and is the clear winner for cargo capacity, with its 46.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row comprehensively outgunning the Grand Cherokee's 36.3 cubes. But the Jeep fights back with a higher maximum towing capacity (7,200 lbs to 5,000 lbs), superior on-road refinement, and a plusher cabin. It's the Grand Cherokee that we feel has aged a bit more gracefully.

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