The current-generation Jeep 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 Normally, that would be cause for concern — going that long often results in a vehicle having a stale design and outdated features.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 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of our top recommendations.