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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Few rivals can match the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it comes to off-roading prowess or engine power. However, this Jeep places in the middle of our midsize SUV rankings, in part because it has so-so gas mileage and less cargo space than most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Feature-rich, easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Robust engine lineup
  • Superb off-road capabilities
  • Less cargo space than most midsize SUVs
  • Below-average fuel economy

New for 2020

  • Diesel engine no longer available
  • Lineup reduced from 12 models to seven

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee's #10 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 76 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 8.5
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Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee a Good SUV?

Yes, the Grand Cherokee is a good choice among midsize SUVs. It has a wide range of trim levels that should appeal to an array of shoppers, including those looking for off-road abilities, meaty performance, or interior luxuries. Standout qualities include a best-in-class tow rating of 7,200 pounds (when properly equipped) and one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems around.

Not everything is rosy with this SUV though. It doesn't have as much interior space as most vehicles in this segment. Fuel economy is also subpar with the Grand Cherokee, and historically, its safety score tends to be below average, though crash test ratings for 2020 are still pending.

Should I Buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

You should consider a Jeep Grand Cherokee if you plan to hit the off-road trails, or you want the brag-worthy performance of the SRT or Trackhawk editions. Additionally, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive and more upscale than the Toyota 4Runner. However, if you're cross-shopping alongside the Toyota Highlander or Kia Telluride, this Jeep's price, value, and predicted reliability rating aren't as attractive.

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Should I Buy a Used or New Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Jeep slims down the Grand Cherokee selections for 2020 by cutting almost half of the trim levels and axing the diesel engine. The automaker also shuffles around several standard and available features throughout the new lineup.

Beyond these changes, the 2020 model year receives no major updates. Purchasing a used model can save you money, and you'll still get a nearly identical SUV. Models that are only a few years older closely mirror a new Grand Cherokee in terms of styling and features, and there are a few revisions worth noting. These include a refresh for 2014, powertrain and handling enhancements for 2016, and an infotainment system update for 2018.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Grand Cherokee and 2019 Grand Cherokee reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 69 Reviews Analyzed

Our Jeep Grand Cherokee review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 69 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2011 to 2020.

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How Much Does the Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost?

Retail prices for the 2020 Grand Cherokee are not yet available. The 2019 Grand Cherokee retails just north of $32,000, which is above average for a midsize SUV. At the top end of the lineup is the Trackhawk, which carries a sticker price of about $86,700. That's about $20,000 higher than every other rival's range-topping trim. For more information on trim levels, prices, and standard features, see our Which Jeep Grand Cherokee Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner?

The Toyota 4Runner is one of the few midsize SUVs that can go toe-to-toe with the Grand Cherokee on a demanding off-road course. For the dedicated adventurer, we recommend taking a close look at both the 4Runner and the Grand Cherokee to see which SUV best fits your needs. For those who plan to keep it on the pavement, the Jeep makes more sense. It has a lower starting price, a comfier ride, and a more upscale interior.

Which Is Better: Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango?

The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee are corporate cousins, both built by FCA. They are tailored to different audiences, though, so picking the best one for you depends on your needs. Go with the Durango if you want three rows of seats, more cargo space than the Jeep offers, and a higher tow rating. Otherwise, pick the Grand Cherokee. Its handling is more composed, and it earns a better predicted reliability rating.

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Grand Cherokee Interior

How Many People Does the Grand Cherokee Seat?

The Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV with five seats. Adults can comfortably fit in the front or the back, with room to stretch out on all sides. All but the base trim come with heated and power-adjustable front seats. Jeep lets you turn your off-roader into a posh ride with upgrades like leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

Grand Cherokee and Child Car Seats

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connections for the outboard seats, in addition to a third tether anchor for the middle seat.

Grand Cherokee Interior Quality

The Grand Cherokee's cabin has a solid build quality, from the somewhat stark Laredo to the near-luxury upper trims. The supple leathers and sporty styling of some models set this Jeep apart from rivals like the Toyota 4Runner.

Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

The Grand Cherokee isn’t a good pick if you frequently fill the cargo area, as its storage specs are among the lowest in the class. It has 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 68.3 cubic feet when you fold the 60/40-split second row. A power liftgate comes standard in all models except for the base trim.

Grand Cherokee Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Uconnect infotainment system is a breeze to use. The screen is easy to see, there are plenty of accompanying buttons and knobs, and the menu can be customized with your favorite shortcuts.

Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The base trim comes with a 7-inch touch screen and two USB ports. All other models get an 8.4-inch screen, navigation, and a total of four USB ports. Tech options include a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Grand Cherokee Performance

Grand Cherokee Engine: From Strong to Insane

The Grand Cherokee is available with four engine options. There are no losers here, and even the base 295-horsepower V6 moves this hefty vehicle with ease. Upgrading to one of the three available V8 engines increases off-the-line speed and bumps up the tow rating by 1,000 pounds.

For muscle-car-like performance and a crazy amount of power, there's no substitute for the high-performance Trackhawk. It uses the same 707-horsepower supercharged V8 found in the Hellcat versions of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

A polished eight-speed automatic transmission comes with every engine. The previously available diesel engine is no longer an option in this SUV.

Grand Cherokee Gas Mileage: From Thirsty to Parched

Fuel economy in the Grand Cherokee ranges from slightly below average to abysmal. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the base V6 engine, with no significant difference between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. V8-equipped models get around 11-14 mpg in the city and 17-22 mpg on the highway.

Grand Cherokee Ride and Handling: Composed

The Grand Cherokee's suspension system absorbs bumps nicely, but its tuning is on the firm side. This Jeep's brakes are strong, but its handling isn't as track-ready as some of its horsepower ratings, as the body leans if you corner too quickly. The steering is relatively light at lower speeds, making it easy to navigate parking lots. That said, the steering lacks on-road feedback, though only spirited drivers will complain.

Grand Cherokee Off-Road Performance

While it may look like a mild-mannered midsize SUV, the Grand Cherokee is one of the best in its class when it comes to off-roading. Jeep offers a variety of performance options to make it ready for adventure, including a range of four-wheel-drive systems, a limited-slip differential, hill ascent and descent control, and the Quadra-Lift Air suspension system. There are also available traction management systems, which work in tandem with other mechanical components to optimize grip.

Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Grand Cherokee with a V8 engine can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

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Grand Cherokee Reliability

Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliable?

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Warranty

Jeep covers this midsize SUV with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The cost of insuring a Jeep Grand Cherokee will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Grand Cherokee Safety

Grand Cherokee Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Grand Cherokee models equipped with rear-wheel drive an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The vehicle received four stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and three stars in the rollover test. Four-wheel-drive models have a better rollover rating of four stars, which increases the overall safety score to five out of five stars. 

Grand Cherokee Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The Grand Cherokee is also available with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active parallel and perpendicular parking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. Unlike with some rivals that offer advanced safety options only in the top trims, these upgrades are available with every model in this lineup.

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Grand Cherokee Dimensions and Weight

The Grand Cherokee is 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,513 to 5,356 pounds.  

Where Is the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Built?

Jeep builds the Grand Cherokee in Michigan.

Which Jeep Grand Cherokee Model Is Right for Me?

The Grand Cherokee is available in seven trims: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. The first five trims, Laredo through Summit, come standard with a 295-horsepower V6 engine. A 360-horsepower V8 is optional in all of these trims except for the base model. The SRT comes exclusively with a 475-horsepower V8 engine, and the Trackhawk is powered by a 707-horsepower supercharged V8. All models come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit trims come standard with rear-wheel drive. You can add four-wheel drive to these models for about $2,000 to $3,000, depending on the trim. The Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk are only available with four-wheel drive. Among this SUV's available off-road components are four different 4WD systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-Drive II, and Quadra-Trac Active On Demand), the Selec-Terrain and Selec-Trac traction management systems, and the Quadra-Lift air suspension system. 

Final pricing for the 2020 Grand Cherokee isn’t available at the time of writing, but this has historically been one of the more expensive midsize SUVs in our rankings. Within the lineup, we recommend the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited as the sweet spot between cost and appealing amenities. Its long list of upgrades includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, and additional infotainment goodies.

Another option is to start with the base Laredo, and then select from the available packages to add only the features that are most important to you. That way, you get a few upgrades without letting costs climb too high.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

The base Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with cloth seats, manual front-seat adjustments, a leather-wrapped and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 17-inch wheels. This is the only model in the lineup to feature a front passenger seat that folds forward, which is a boon for hauling oversized items.

The standard Uconnect infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and six speakers. Standard driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Interior refinement takes a significant step up with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. It gets leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats with power adjustments, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, a power liftgate, remote start, and 18-inch wheels. Jeep installs the premium version of its Uconnect infotainment system in this trim level, which adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, an upgraded interface, a navigation system, two additional USB ports, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and the Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive system is available in this trim.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

The midlevel Trailhawk fuses off-road adventuring with a swanky cabin. It comes standard with the Quadra-Trac II active four-wheel-drive system, hill-descent and hill-ascent control, and the Quadra-Lift Air suspension system. Inside, travelers are treated to leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system, and satellite radio.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

The luxury-focused Summit gets perforated Natura Plus leather seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and 20-inch wheels. This trim also adds several advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active parallel and perpendicular parking, bi-xenon headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and 4WD is optional.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Powered by the supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the Trackhawk is a beast. Additional performance-tuned components include an upgraded suspension system, the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand four-wheel-drive system, the Selec-Trac traction management system, and quad exhaust tips. Adaptive cruise control and performance seats upholstered in suede and Nappa leather are also standard in this trim. 

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jeep dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Jeep deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee combines rugged off-roading abilities with a comfortable, high-class cabin. It can also take things a step further with the over-the-top horsepower ratings of the SRT and Trackhawk models. To find a similar combination of interior amenities and performance chops, you'll most likely have to spend thousands more for a luxury midsize SUV. Families looking for lots of standard safety features, gobs of passenger space, or a sizable cargo hold won't be as impressed.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Fortunately, for all the Grand Cherokee's Trail Rated capabilities off road, it still manages to offer luxurious accommodations inside, particularly in its higher-end trim levels, and a firm but generally comfortable ride. But buyers should indeed be aware that those increased off-road abilities come with some interior space deficiencies and fuel economy penalties on the road, which is where they'll be driving the Grand Cherokee almost all the time." -- Autoblog
  • "Whatever you're looking for in an SUV, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee likely offers it. Depending on how you equip it, it can be well-rounded and luxurious, an off-road specialist or a hot-rod SUV. It's one of our favorites in the midsize SUV class." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The 2018 Grand Cherokee is Jeep's flagship SUV, a 2-row/5-passenger hauler with a model lineup spanning from rather basic to absolutely bonkers. … Yes, it still offers off-road capability that few rivals outside a Toyota 4Runner can match, all while improving on features more important to today's buyers like Apple CarPlay integration. This Jeep faces a range of rivals, but none can match its breadth of trim choices or power." -- Kelley Blue Book  (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: February 6, 2020

Class-Leading Sales: The Jeep Grand Cherokee finished 2019 as the best-seller in the midsize SUV segment. In addition, sales increased by 8 percent in 2019 relative to 2018. 

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