Vehicle Highlight: The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What's New?

The current generation of the Grand Cherokee has been around for nearly one-third of its total lifespan. That's a testament to the staying power of the nameplate and Jeep's proficiency for picking a winning formula. Despite its nearly 10-year lifespan, the 4th-gen Grand Cherokee maintains its freshness with unique, bold styling, impressing performance, plush accommodations, and advanced technology.

The 2020 model year sees the diesel engine removed from the lineup. Even so, there are still four highly capable and increasingly potent powerplants to choose from. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 (295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the Grand Cherokee gets up to speed just fine with the standard engine, if you're seeking some extra internal motivation, you have several options. Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit models can equip a 5.7-liter V-8 that generates 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. If that doesn't quite satisfy you, the Grand Cherokee offers high-performance racing-inspired models in two flavors: spicy and insane. The SRT trim features a burly 6.4-liter V-8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Powering the Trackhawk trim is a sanity-questioning supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that cranks out a roaring 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque!

What Are the Notable Features and Tech?

The Grand Cherokee organizes its feature set across seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. The base trim is handsomely equipped, with rear parking sensors, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, drivers can easily access many essential features of their compatible smartphone. Maps, calendars, Spotify, news headlines, hands-free messaging and calls, and more, integrate seamlessly with the central display.

With SiriusXM Guardian and the Uconnect App, drivers can now connect with their vehicles like never before. Using a connected smartphone or tablet, you can lock and unlock doors, start the vehicle remotely, and pre-set climate controls, so the interior is a perfect temperature when you're ready to go. The available Wi-Fi hotspot connects up to eight devices, and there's even a Jeep Skill for Amazon Alexa.

Grand Cherokee also offers a complete array of advanced driver-assistance technologies, including:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection(Standard)
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist (Standard)
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera (Standard)
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking (Available)
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist (Available)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop (Available)
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist (Available)

What Do People Think?

The love from car critics keeps coming. This past year, Grand Cherokee earned recognition in AutoPacific's 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction awards. The market research firm ranked the Grand Cherokee highest in the Mid-Size SUV category for the third consecutive year and ninth time in 10 years. AutoPacific also named the Grand Cherokee best-in-class in the annual Ideal Vehicle Awards.

Of course, evaluation from critics only tells part of the story. What's more important is overall consumer opinion. For the combined 2019 and 2020 model years, Grand Cherokee has a 4.4 / 5 rating in the Consumer Reviews section of Edmunds.com, with more than 75-percent being five-star reviews. Mopar Fan said: "This car has the eye-candy effect, from the color to the tech and the performance…This truck performs flawlessly." In their one-year review, user Terp Allan states that the Grand Cherokee is "fun to drive, handles all weather with ease…I still get a thrill when I get behind the wheel, and it is a blast to drive."

Try it for Yourself

If you're in the market for a roomy and luxurious mid-size crossover with impressive capability and tons of tech, see for yourself what the Jeep Grand Cherokee is all about. Visit Helfman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat in Houston, TX, for a test drive. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

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