The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the finest SUVs on the road, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people choose it when shopping for their next vehicle. Before you head to the Jeep dealership near you, however, it can help to have a game plan about which model you want to buy – at the very least, it will save you some time at the dealership. You might think you’ve chosen your vehicle, but the Grand Cherokee has a lot of trim levels available.
I’m talking about seven different trim levels for you to choose from; seven! So even if you’ve decided that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is right for you (and I don’t blame you), you can still end up feeling a bit overwhelmed when you show up at your local Jeep dealership and see what’s available. And while you might want to spend an entire Saturday looking at model after model after model after model (you get the idea), it can make your life a lot easier to have a sense of which one is right for you before you show up.
So today, I’m going to make your life a bit simpler and go through each trim level to give you a sense of what they have to offer. There isn’t time for me to list every single feature, but you’ll get the idea, and you should be able to narrow down your options. Then you can head to the Jeep dealership near you with confidence and a good idea of which one you want.
This is the starting trim for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it features a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It has 17-inch wheels, tinted glass, and keyless Enter ‘n Go. Inside the Laredo, you’ll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a 7-inch driver display, and a 7-inch infotainment display. It has air conditioning with dual-zone automatic temperature control, cloth seats, and a standard 6-speaker sound system.
For a standard trim, the safety features on the Laredo are pretty great. They include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection, a rear park assist system with brake assist, and a rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines. There are also a lot of available features for the Laredo, including 18-inch wheels with a larger Infotainment display, more security and comfort features, and exterior details like chrome exhaust tips and mirrors.
The Limited has many the same features as the Laredo trim level, though you get more options for additional improvements – and there are a few upgrades too. For example, it has the same 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine as the Laredo, though there is a 5.7L V8 engine available with the Limited if you want more power. The Limited also has 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, LED taillamps, and a remote start standard.
You get heated first-row leather-trimmed seats inside the Limited, along with power driver and passenger seats, a power sunroof, and the 8-inch infotainment display standard. It has a 6-speaker sound system, a 7-inch driver display, and other features, much like the Laredo. Safety features on the Limited are also quite similar, though advanced features like a forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and a lane departure warning are all available.
With the Overland, you get many features that are available on the Limited as standard rather than optional details. For example, the Overland features the same 3.6L V6 engine, but it has a Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, Bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, and 20-inch polished wheels. The Overland also features a dual rear exhaust, chrome tow hooks, and power, heated auto-folding chrome side-view mirrors along with a power liftgate.
Inside the Overland, you’ll find a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with wood accents, a leather-wrapped, and stitched instrument panel, and heated first and second-row seats with leather trim and ventilation. The Overland also features a 9-speaker premium Alpine surround-sound system with a subwoofer, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available features for the Overland include a 5.7L V8 engine, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and an off-road package.
The Summit is the ultimate expression of style and sophistication when it comes to “standard” trim levels that you’ll find at the Jeep dealership near you – the other trims are all more focused on a particular experience. With the Summit, you get the standard 3.6L V6 engine, along with premium LED fog lamps and taillamps, plus 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. You also get a suede-like premium headliner, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and a 7-inch reconfigurable driver information display.
Inside the Summit, you’ll find a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with wood accents and paddle shifters, and unique sill plates. The Summit comes with a terrific selection of safety features, including forward collision warning with active braking, adaptive cruise control with stop, a lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, and both parallel and perpendicular parking assist.
This is the first of three more-focused trim levels: the Trailhawk is designed as a fantastic option if you want a Jeep Grand Cherokee to take off-road. It has a Quadra-Drive II 4WD system, Quadra-Lift air suspension system, and skid plates to protect the fuel tank, transfer case, and front suspension. Plus, it features Selec-Speed control, red tow hooks, and more.
Inside the Trailhawk, you still get a luxurious experience; however, thanks to a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, a 7-inch reconfigurable driver display, and Nappa leather-trimmed heated and ventilated suede seats. You get the premium Alpine surround sound system in the Trailhawk and a power sunroof, along with a number of available features that you can choose, including advanced safety technology and premium lighting.
The first of two performance-focused Jeep Grand Cherokee models, the SRT has a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine that offers up to 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque for incredible performance. It includes on-demand 4WD with an 8-speed automatic transmission with E-shift and SRT performance brakes with Brembo calipers. You get 20-inch wheels, a high-performance adaptive damping suspension with Bilstein shocks, and this model is lowered 1 inch for even better performance.
Inside the SRT, you’ll find active noise cancellation, customizable drive modes, and launch control that lets you accelerate as quickly as possible. It has a 180-mph speedometer, leather and metal details throughout, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters.
If the SRT is not enough power for you, however, then there is the Trackhawk, which features a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that delivers up to 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an upgraded TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, regenerative performance brakes, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential for optimal performance. Where the SRT has a dual exhaust with black chrome tips, the Trackhawk features a quad exhaust system.
You get a 200-mph speedometer inside the Trackhawk, as well as premium leather details throughout with black chrome accents. It has terrific safety features standard, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof is available. This is the true top-of-the-line option.
Choosing the Right One
Picking the right model at the Jeep dealership near you ultimately comes down to what you need. If you really want to go off-road, then choose the Trailhawk; for optimal performance, look at the SRT or Trackhawk. Otherwise, one of the standard trims is the way to go, and it all comes down to your budget and the features you want.