2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Changes: 🚙What’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)
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Laredo E
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive

Grand Cherokee Exterior

The Grand Cherokee has a substantial, rugged look to it that is perfectly in tune with its on- and off-road abilities. The Chunky tires and seven-slot grille are pure Jeep, as are the pronounced wheel arches. Wheel sizes range from 17-inches to 20-inches depending on the trim, while all variants get automatic headlamps and a liftgate spoiler. From there, features differ distinctly by trim, with the model you choose availing items like LED daytime running headlamps, LED fog lamps, power-folding mirrors, a dual-pane power sunroof, headlamp washers, and a power liftgate.

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All models share a 114.7-inch wheelbase. Height at the roof rail works out to 69.3 inches, the length is 189.8 inches, and the Grand Cherokee is 76.5 inches wide. The ground clearance varies between 8.6 inches on the standard suspension and 10.8 inches with the available air suspension. Equipped with the air suspension, the approach/ramp breakover/departure angles are 36.1/22.8/27.1 inches, respectively. On the standard suspension, these figures drop to 26.2/19/24 inches. The Jeep's curb weight varies quite significantly by drivetrain and trim, with the lightest model being the 2WD Laredo at 4,513 pounds, and the heaviest being the 4WD Summit (with the V8 engine) at 5,258 lbs.

  • 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

Jeep offers a range of 12 shades for the Grand Cherokee range, but not all trims have access to all of these colors. They are Diamond Black, Walnut Brown, Velvet Red, Slate Blue, Sangria, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Ivory Pearl Tri-Coat, Sting Gray, Redline, Green Metallic, and Bright White. It's quite a restrained color palette, although Velvet Red does have some kick to it.

On the base Laredo, you can only choose from four shades (Diamond Black, Billet Silver Metallic, Velvet Red, and Bright White) - only the latter is included by default, while all other shades cost $195. The mid-range Altitude additionally has access to Granite Crystal Metallic and Sting Gray. On the range-topping Summit trim, nine shades are available including Ivory Tri-Coat at an extra cost of $595. Bright White, once again, is the only shade that doesn't cost extra. By visiting Jeep's online configurator, you can quickly see if your chosen color and trim are compatible.

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

Grand Cherokee Performance

This year, the Grand Cherokee range relies solely on gasoline power as the diesel engine option has been dropped. The smaller of these engines is a 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Optionally available on certain trims is a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both two- and four-wheel-drive systems are available, although the V8 engine can only be paired with the 4WD variants from the Limited trim and up. Both engines provide the Jeep with plenty of performance, with even the V6-engined model being able to hit 60 mph in around eight seconds, according to independent tests. Together with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, it's all the performance that most buyers will need. But the V8 is even better, especially if you will be towing often, with a pleasing growl accompanying the extra thrust. Tow ratings are excellent, with the V6 having a maximum tow rating of 6,200 lbs and the V8 increasing this to 7,200 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

The slightly old-school Jeep eschews turbocharging for larger-capacity, naturally aspirated engines. The default engine is the well-known 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with outputs of 295 hp and 260 lb-ft. The lower trims are restricted to this engine, but paired with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, it does a perfectly respectable job of motivating the Grand Cherokee's large body. When towing or encountering steeper inclines, you'll need to rev out the V6 for maximum performance, but this is no hardship.

The optional - on higher trims in 4WD guise - 5.7-liter V8 engine puts out a lazy 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. It's not as high-revving as the V6, but you won't need to explore the upper reaches of the rev band as often because you can simply rely on the greater low-down torque of the big V8. Not many midsize SUVs offer V8 power and, although you need to pay for it, it's one of the Grand Cherokee's unique selling points. Passing power is especially strong in the V8 and the eight-speed 'box, while not the fastest-shifting automatic around, works through its ratios in a smooth, fuss-free manner.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L Twincharged
  • 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.

Grand Cherokee Gas Mileage

With big engines and a fair amount of weight to haul around, the Grand Cherokee enjoys a good drink. According to EPA-rated estimates, the V6 2WD is expected to return 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined, while the 4WD manages a similar 18/25/21 mpg. The V8 - only available in 4WD guise - is a lot heavier, with figures of 14/22/17 mpg. The 24.6-gallon gas tank allows for a combined cruising range of around 516 miles for the V6, dropping to 418 miles for the V8. The Toyota 4Runner, another SUV with excellent off-road capability, is similarly heavy on fuel with figures of 16/19/17 mpg, but if off-roading isn't as much of a priority, the Kia Telluride can return up to 20/26/23 mpg.

Midgrade gasoline is recommended for the V8, while the V6 requires regular gasoline.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/26 mpg
* 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland

Grand Cherokee Interior

The Grand Cherokee's cabin has held up well over the years, with comfortable seating for the driver and four passengers. There is a significant difference between the base and range-topping trims, though, with the Laredo's simple cloth seats contrasting with the top-line Summit's much more opulent perforated leather seats. Everything is within easy reach of the driver, and the Uconnect infotainment system doesn't require a steep learning curve to use. Every model has dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch multi-view cluster display, and blind-spot monitoring, while progressing through the various trims adds on luxuries like a power-adjustable steering column, heated front and rear seats, and forward collision warning.

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Seating and Interior Space

Seating five in two rows, there is plenty of leg- and headroom for four adults, while a fifth can fit at the back without too much compromise from those in the outboard seating positions. As with many SUVs, drivers have a commanding view of the road ahead and surrounds, along with a seat offering a good range of adjustment. Most trims feature a memory system for the driver's seating position and the steering column. While there is quite a high step-in height, ingress and egress are otherwise simple thanks to wide-opening doors, with only the wheel well at the back impacting the ingress slightly. The A-pillars can partially obscure the view through corners, but the view out is otherwise good.

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

Interior Colors and Materials

As with the exterior color options, the Grand Cherokee's interior color schemes differ according to trim. The color options are Black, Black/Light Frost Beige, Black/Ruby Red, Dark Sienna/Black, Indigo/Ski Gray, and Light Frost/Brown. The base Laredo has cloth-upholstered seats and can be specified in either Black or Black/Light Frost Beige. This trim has a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard. The Altitude and North Edition trims have black suede seats with black stitching, while the Limited trim takes a step up in luxury with leather-trimmed bucket seats and the availability of seats with perforated inserts. Nappa leather and perforated Natura Plus leather upholstery are available on pricier trims.

Grand Cherokee Trunk and Cargo Space

Despite not having to accommodate a third row of seating, the Grand Cherokee's 36.3 cubic feet of trunk space is good, rather than excellent, among its peers. Thankfully, the trunk is a practical square shape and there isn't a large load lip to contend with, although the load height is quite high - the optional air suspension can assist with lowering the Grand Cherokee for easier loading of cargo, however. Eight cargo tie-down loops assist with securing items when on the move. A power liftgate is standard on the majority of trims. The second row of seats features a 60/40-split-folding design and, when folded, frees up a total of 68.3 cubes. By comparison, a more on-road-biased midsize SUV like the Honda Pilot offers 46.8 cubes behind the second row and a vast 83.9 cubes when its rear seats are folded.

The Jeep is pretty good for small-item storage, though, thanks to a full-length front floor console with twin illuminated cupholders. There is also an overhead storage compartment in front, but the door pockets are on the narrow side.

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Grand Cherokee Infotainment and Features


The Grand Cherokee is well-equipped, but, with over $20,000 separating the base trim and the most expensive model, standard equipment varies widely across the range. Standard features common to all models include automatic headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, and safety gear like blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, the ParkView rearview camera with a ParkSense rear parking assist system, rain brake support, and trailer-sway control. Mid-range trims introduce features like a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable steering column, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats, while top-line versions enjoy luxury add-ons like adaptive cruise control, the ParkSense parallel/perpendicular park assist system, a wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel, and headlamp washers.


Infotainment and connectivity are taken care of by the Uconnect system. It's easy to use thanks to large icons and the simple integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lower trims use a seven-inch touchscreen, but from the Altitude trim upwards, this is replaced by a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. All models have twin USB ports, Bluetooth, SiriusXM with a one-year radio subscription, and an auxiliary input jack, while higher trims introduce HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, and SiriusXM Traffic Plus (with a five-year trial subscription). At the bottom end of the range, a six-speaker sound system is standard, while mid-range trims use a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system. The top-of-the-range Summit features a 19-speaker Harman Kardon high-performance sound system. For nostalgic shoppers, a single-disc remote CD player is available.

Grand Cherokee Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has rated the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee 79 out of a possible 100, including an 80 out of 100 rating for quality and reliability. These solid scores indicate a pleasing ownership experience and it's backed by the 2019/2020 Grand Cherokee being recall-free at the time of writing. However, there were three recalls for the Grand Cherokee (excluding high-performance SRT and Trackhawk models) back in 2018, with issues including a faulty voltage regulator, cruise control that may fail to cancel, and incorrect transmission park rods being installed.

If anything does go wrong, Jeep provides a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.


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

Grand Cherokee Safety

The NHTSA's crash-test results yielded an overall five-star safety rating, with a four-star rating for the frontal crash. The IIHS' findings were less optimistic, though, where the Jeep had Good ratings for most tests but a Marginal result for the driver-side small overlap front test and a more concerning Poor score for the same test on the passenger side.

US NHTSA crash test result

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

Key Safety Features

Jeep's standard safety specification covers all the essentials, like seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag and side-curtain airbags), electronic stability control, a rearview camera, hill-start assist, all-speed traction control, and trailer-sway control for more secure towing.

Even the base model gets driver aids like a rear park assist system (ParkSense), rain brake support, blind-spot monitoring, ready alert braking, and rear cross-path detection. Higher trims are fitted with adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with active braking, but these are optionally available on most other models as well.

Verdict: 🏁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.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

A broad, 11-strong range begins with the Laredo at an MSRP of $32,045. With minimal changes, the next two trims are the Laredo E at $33,895 and the Upland at $35,800. Next is the Altitude at $37,945, the North Edition at $38,790, the Limited at $39,660, the Limited X at $44,755, and the Trailhawk at $44,760. Things get pricier and more luxurious after that with the Overland at $46,100, the High Altitude at $48,845, and finally the Summit at $51,400. All prices exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,495.

Every model ships with 2WD by default besides the North Edition and Trailhawk, which are only available in 4WD guise. Upgrading to 4WD on any other trim will add between $2,000 and $3,000 to the price. All versions use the V6 engine by default, but the V8 can be equipped on 4WD versions (from the Limited trim and above) for $3,395, although this upgrade does increase to $3,895 on the range-topping Summit trim. If money is no object, a fully loaded Grand Cherokee Summit with 4WD, the V8 engine, and a couple of package upgrades can quickly approach $70,000.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Models

The Grand Cherokee range comprises 11 trims: Laredo, Laredo E, Upland, Altitude, North Edition, Limited, Limited X, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, and Summit. Only the North Edition and the Trailhawk feature 4WD as standard - every other trim is 2WD with 4WD being an option. A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 295 hp services every model by default, although 4WD models in the upper trims have access to a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. Regardless of the engine or drivetrain, an eight-speed automatic is standard.

The base Laredo has a body-color liftgate spoiler, daytime running headlamps, fog lamps, and 17-inch silver aluminum wheels. Inside, it features cloth upholstery, manually-adjustable seats, and the ability for the front-passenger seat to fold flat - a feature unique to this trim. Dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and a seven-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system is standard. Safety gear like seven airbags, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection are included.

Moving up to the Laredo E introduces minimal upgrades like bright roof rails and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The Upland is a more comprehensive step up, adding 20-inch gloss black wheels, a black interior with blue accent stitching, black honeycomb treatment to the grille, and the convenience of a power liftgate. The Altitude is the first trim to introduce the upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, along with a better nine-speaker sound system. A heated steering wheel and heated front seats are further upgrades.

The North Edition also gets the upgraded infotainment setup but is the first trim to get 4WD by default. Together with Quadra-Trac II and the Selec-Terrain traction management system, it's equipped for wintery conditions so it also gets a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

Moving to the Limited sees a more luxury-oriented trim with standard leather-trimmed seats; both front perches are also eight-way power-adjustable. While this version has the upgraded infotainment, it has six speakers like the lower trims, not nine like the Altitude. This is the first trim that can be equipped with the V8 engine.

Limited X cars add a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, a black interior with Heritage seats, Granite Crystal exterior accents, and 20-inch Granite Crystal alloy wheels.

The Trailhawk, like the North Edition, shifts its focus to off-roading but with more equipment like red tow hooks, a rear electronic limited-slip differential, and the Quadra-Lift air suspension. Leather and suede upholstery cover the seats.

On the Overland, the highlights are 20-inch alloy wheels, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lamps, rain-sensing wipers, and Nappa leather.

The High Altitude has 20-inch wheels with a Granite Crystal low-gloss finish, classy perforated Nappa leather upholstery, low-gloss Granite Crystal exterior accents, and black chrome dual exhaust tips. The ProTech II Package adds forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, and lane departure warning plus.

Finally, the Summit rivals some midsize luxury SUVs with the addition of illuminated sill plates, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an interior metal package, and premium LED fog lamps.

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Additional Packages

Owing to its entry-level status, the Laredo has no available package upgrades. The Laredo E can be enhanced with ProTech II (full-speed forward collision warning, lane departure warning and more) for $875, the Trailer-Tow Group IV adds a full-size spare, a wiring harness, and rear load-leveling suspension for $895, and the Security and Convenience Group (security alarm, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and more) costs $2,000. The Upland and Altitude's packages are restricted to ProTech II and the Premium Lighting Group (LED DRLs and auto high-beams) for $795.

From there, each trim varies with the packages offered and how much they cost. Noteworthy upgrades include the Limited trim's Luxury Group II for $2,895, adding second-row seat heating, a powered steering column, nine speakers, and a dual-pane sunroof. This trim also introduces the availability of a rear DVD entertainment center for $1,995. At this price point, many will find ProTech II (adaptive cruise control, parking assist, lane departure warning and more) an attractive proposition at $1,495 - this ProTech II upgrade is more comprehensive than the one on lower trims, hence the price increase.

On the Trailhawk, the Trailhawk Luxury Group costs $2,495, adding features like a cargo compartment cover, special leather trim, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. As expected, the range-topping Summit has exclusive access to the most lavish upgrades. The Platinum Series Group costs $995 and adds platinum detailing to the exterior for a sophisticated look, while the Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package at $4,995 adds premium Laguna leather seats and leather-wrapped lower panels.

🚗What Jeep Grand Cherokee Model Should I Buy?

With such a broad range, the Jeep Grand Cherokee caters to everyone from those wanting a frill-free midsize SUV in the Laredo to the far more luxurious Summit. As usual, the sweet spot in the range resides somewhere in the middle: we like the Limited trim for its welcome feature upgrades like leather seats, a better infotainment system, and access to the V8 engine. We'd spec ours with 4x4 capability in Sangria Metallic paint with the Black/Light Frost Beige leather interior. The Pro Tech II package adds valuable driver aids like parking assistance and adaptive cruise control, plus we'd tick the box for that brawny V8 engine despite the extra consumption. The total, including destination, works out to $48,435, but you can save $3,395 by going for the still-capable V6.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparisons

Ford Explorer Ford
Toyota 4Runner Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Grand Cherokee293 hp19/26 mpg$33,275
Ford Explorer 300 hp21/28 mpg$32,925
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$36,765

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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