Underneath The Hood Of The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Both classic and refined, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has long been a leading model in the world of SUVs. Now, with the 2020 model, the Grand Cherokee promises to offer more features than ever before. Let’s take a look at what this SUV has to offer and determine if it’s worth your investment.

Price

The standard Overland trim sells for a market retail price of $34,000. There are, however, an array of limited edition trims to choose from, including the Altitude, Upland, High Altitude, Limited X, and North Edition. The premium High Altitude trim is on sale for $49,685.

Performance

The standard Grand Cherokee comes with a 3.6 litre V6 engine with 295 horsepower. While not the most exciting engine to drive, there is the option of upgrading to a V8. The Trackhawk boasts a supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine with 707 horsepower that can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, so this upgrade comes highly recommended if performance is a priority.

The Grand Cherokee’s downfall comes in its handling. Due to its excessive weight, this SUV is not easy to handle. Its steering also doesn’t feel fluid. It does excel, however, when it comes to off-road driving, with many off-road features available.

This Jeep is very fuel efficient for an SUV, with the V6 engine managing 25 mpg on highways and 19 mpg in the city. It’s just the V8 engine that proves thirstier, especially if towing a heavy load.

Interior And Infotainment

All trims are kitted with leather upholstery and soft-touch materials where it counts. The Grand Cherokee also features a contoured dashboard with simple yet feature-rich controls. Aside from the base trim, all models come with heated and power-adjustable front seats. 

The Grand Cherokee can be customized to be either luxurious or rugged, depending on your preferences. Five passengers can easily fit in its spacious interior, while the trunk has 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space. 

This Jeep is choc-filled with juicy entertainment features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six speaker sound system. Optional extras include an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, two additional USB ports, Wi-fi, rear-seat entertainment, and a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon setup.

Safety

The Grand Cherokee received four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the front crash test and three stars in the rollover test.

This Jeep is equipped with a wide array of safety features, including automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers and lane departure warning.

The Bottom Line

While the Grand Cherokee might not be the most fun SUV to drive, it proves to be fuel efficient, relatively safe, and spacious. Its array of infotainment features, optional extras, and interior make it a stellar choice for those searching for a luxurious SUV.