The current-generation Grand Cherokee has been on sale for nearly 10 years. Normally, that would be cause for concern going that long often results in a vehicle having a stale design and outdated features. But Jeep has done an admirable job of keeping this well-known SUV fresh.
Part of the credit goes to the Grand Cherokee's mix of features. You'll find the latest advanced driver safety aids, for instance, as well as a crisp-looking infotainment system that includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The interior has an easy-to-use center console layout, too.
Under the hood, Jeep no longer offers the optional diesel-powered V6. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices left. There's the standard V6 plus three available V8s. From the 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower all the way up to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat-sourced supercharged 6.2-liter V8 putting out 707 hp, there's plenty of entertainment to be had in this family SUV.
The 2020 Grand Cherokee also has excellent off-road and towing capabilities. For a midsize SUV, its 7,200-pound towing capacity is top-notch. Then there's the range of four-wheel-drive systems you can choose from (including the one on the dirt-specialized Trailhawk) that can take you far off the beaten path.
It does have some downsides. Acceleration from the base V6 engine is underwhelming, so we recommend ponying up for one of the V8s. That, alas, is also a potential problem: Once you start adding a lot of specialty options, the Grand Cherokee's value becomes less appealing. But if you're searching for a sturdy and off-road-capable five-passenger SUV, the seasoned Grand Cherokee is one of our top recommendations.
Which Grand Cherokee does Edmunds recommend?
Most owners will be happy with a midlevel Grand Cherokee. There are plenty of features for the class and lots of available options if you want to upgrade or customize your Jeep. For a bit more off-road capability and flare, though, we'd go with the Trailhawk trim level. It has a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system and impressive feature content, plus you can ditch the standard V6 engine for the available 5.7-liter V8.
Jeep Grand Cherokee models
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. Most Grand Cherokees are available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4WD), the Trailhawk is 4WD only, and the SRT and the Trackhawk get specialized all-wheel-drive systems.
Standard feature highlights for the base Laredo include a 3.6-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a six-speaker sound system.
For the Limited and above, you can go with the standard V6 or the optional 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp, 390 lb-ft). The Limited adds remote start, a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and power-adjustable front seats.
The off-road-focused Trailhawk adds unique exterior styling, off-road tires, 4WD with low-range gearing (Quadra-Trac II), and an electronic rear differential that works with a terrain-selectable traction control system (Quadra-Drive II). The Trailhawk also has an adjustable air suspension (Quadra-Lift), underbody skid plates and an upgraded instrument cluster display.
Next in the Grand Cherokee lineup is the Overland. It forgoes some of the Trailhawk's specific off-road upgrades but is otherwise similarly equipped.
The luxury-leaning Summit trim adds to the Overland with a self-parking system, active noise-canceling technology, a suite of advanced safety features, upgraded leather upholstery, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The high-horsepower SRT trim level is broadly equipped like the Summit trim level. But it also gets a 6.4-liter V8 (475 hp, 470 lb-ft), a specialized all-wheel-drive system (tuned more for high-performance driving than off-road use), summer performance tires, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned steering and brakes, a sport body kit, a limited-slip rear differential and selectable performance modes.
Then there's the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Trackhawk gets most of the SRT's standard equipment plus the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (707 hp, 645 lb-ft), an upgraded eight-speed transmission, an upgraded adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, and lightweight 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires.