Jeep is a brand with a rich history and a longstanding reputation for rugged vehicles that are ready for just about anything you can throw at them. The tricky part is that many of its vehicles try to be everything to everyone. There are a staggering 12 different Jeep Grand Cherokee trims to choose from for the 2020 model year. That’s even before you add in things like powertrain and engine option choices.
There is one important note for the 2019 models. Jeep has said that its turbocharged diesel V6 will also make an appearance on this year’s Grand Cherokee. However, it has not yet been fuel economy-rated by the EPA. Therefore, you won’t find it as an available option just yet. Once it is rated, we will update this article with the most current information. If last year was any indication, you should expect to see the diesel engine on the Limited, Overland, Trailhawk, and Summit trims.
The Laredo is the base-model Jeep Grand Cherokee. A starting MSRP of $31,945 gets you a 3.6L V6 that has 295hp and gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The whole thing rolls on 17×8-inch aluminum wheels and a two-wheel-drive drivetrain. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo doesn’t have an awful lot in the way of added features, and you can’t even really add much to it. Still, it has dual-zone temperature control, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a Uconnect 4 media system with a 7-inch display. Keyless entry and a backup camera come standard. If you want all-wheel drive, the price bumps up to $34,245 and the mileage goes down to 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E is a slight step up from the previous trim model. The 2WD model has an MSRP of $33,795, and the 4WD model is priced at $35,795. The Grand Cherokee Laredo E has better towing capacity than its lower-trim sibling. While the base Grand Cherokee Laredo maxed out at 3,500 lbs, the Grand Cherokee Laredo E nearly doubles that capability to 6,200 lbs. It’s not just capability that distinguishes the two. This more expensive trim adds an 8-way power driver seat with 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland is all dark and brooding. The interior has all black cloth seats with blue accent stitching and accents of blue throughout the cabin. The wheels of the Upland are also upgraded to 20×8-inch gloss black aluminum, so you are sure to stand out. Also included in this trim is the “Security and Convenience” group of features. This includes a power liftgate, remote start, a universal garage door opener, a comprehensive security alarm, and more. The two-wheel drive Upland has a starting MSRP of $35,895, whereas the 4WD version jumps up to a starting MSRP of $38,390.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude is the trim level where buyers start to see some tech upgrades. This trim has a starting MSR of $37,890. The same wheels are carried over from the Grand Cherokee Upland. However, the Grand Cherokee Altitude has double the color options of its lesser-priced sibling. The interior features an anodized gunmetal finish. The seats are an all-black Capri leather-trimmed affair with perforated suede inserts. One of the technology upgrades that comes standard with this trim is the inclusion of Uconnect 4C NAV with a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen. For $40,190, you can snag a 4×4 version.
Next up is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, starting at $39,195. The Grand Cherokee Limited drops back down to 18-inch wheels and loses the “Security and Convenience” features. But on the plus side, it reopens some of the optional comfort and cosmetic packages. A memory system for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and the radio add convenience, as does a remote start. But you also have the option to include a rear seat dual-screen Blu-Ray/DVD player, if you want. The Grand Cherokee Limited is all about safety and comfort.
One of the biggest differences here is the 4×4 version. In keeping with some of the other trims, the upgrade costs an additional $2,000. But the Grand Cherokee Limited introduces a more advanced all-wheel system than the others. The previous trims employ the Quadra-Trac I 4WD System. The Limited’s Quadra-Trac II 4WD system uses a variety of sensors to track possible tire slippage and re-route available torque to the axle with the most traction. The result is a powerful traction control system that can handle nearly any terrain. The Grand Cherokee Limited also has the option to upgrade the engine to a 5.7L Hemi V8.
The 2020 Grand Cherokee Limited X has a starting MSRP of $44,095. With a distinctive performance sculpted hood with dual heat extractors, it rocks a bold, performance-inspired look. With low-gloss crystal accents and wheels, you are bound to make an entrance wherever you pull up in the Grand Cherokee Limited X. The lighting systems also see a major upgrade. They now including Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps, LED daytime running headlamps, and premium LED fog lamps. Inside the cabin, one of the few major changes that can be seen is that Grand Cherokee Limited X is the addition of steering wheel mounted shift levers.
This trim also has a 4WD version that starts at $46,095. A 5.7L Hemi V8 engine is also optional on the Grand Cherokee Limited X for an extra $3,295.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a little pricier at $44,295. Many of the creature comforts are stripped down, making it less expensive than the 4WD Limited X. But where you’re going, you don’t need them. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is optimized for off-roading. As such, you can only purchase this trim with a 4×4 powertrain. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also comes with the Quadra-Drive II 4WD system to bolster the Quadra-Trac II System. This system has an electronic rear limited-slip differential that transfers all available torque away from a slipping wheel for the greatest traction possible. There are heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. If all that off-roading is making you sweat, however, you’ll appreciate the ventilated front seats.
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