Your Next New SUV Should Be a Cherokee or Grand Cherokee

August 14th, 2020 by

A white 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is shown from the front on a tree-lined road near Lexington, KY.

Whatever you are looking to buy, everyone wants to know they are getting the best value for the money. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a house, a computer or just a steak dinner – no one likes to feel like they overpaid for what they’re buying. So when you are looking for new vehicles for sale, it is crucial to make sure that you find one that gives you all the features you want at a price you can afford. This is where Jeep comes into play.

Jeep practically invented the luxury SUV segment when it first introduced the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This vehicle combined the ruggedness and dependability of a Jeep with the luxury associated with the cars manufactured by Jeep’s brand mates, Chrysler and Dodge. For the first time, drivers were able to have a roomy vehicle that could stand up to whatever nature sent its way, while at the same time being easy to drive with comfortable seats and a stereo system that would be music to the ears of any audiophile. Jeep took the luxury SUV concept one step further when it took the same approach and applied it to an older model, the Jeep Cherokee.

Today, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee represent two of the best values SUVs on the market, providing ruggedly styled exteriors with luxurious interiors. And the option of getting a Trail Rated model will even allow you to go off-roading in your spare time. If you want to check out one of these wonderful vehicles, stop by our dealership at Dan Cummins of Georgetown. We carry the full line of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs, including the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee. So take a moment to come in today and test drive one of these SUVs.

Driving Is Believing

When you get behind the wheel of a new vehicle, you want to know that it can perform the way you desire. Too many cars are underpowered, as automakers strive to improve fuel economy at the expense of overall performance. Others may have a great pickup, but their handling leaves a lot to be desired. With the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, neither of those is a problem.

These two SUVs are fun to drive, have exceptional handling, and provide multiple engine options so that you can choose which one fits your lifestyle the best. The Cherokee is front-wheel drive standard while the Grand Cherokee is rear-wheel drive standard. But both are available with exceptional four-wheel drive systems that make them ideal in snow and ice, as well as when you go off-road.

Cherokee Engine Options That Fit Any Lifestyle

A silver 2020 Jeep Cherokee is parked in front of a pond.

The 2020 Cherokee offers three different engines. The 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 I-4 is both effective and efficient. It can produce up to 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, with just enough get up and go to get you safely onto the busiest highway. Best of all, it is incredibly fuel-efficient, and the front-wheel drive Cherokee with this engine gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Even choosing the more versatile 4×4 drivetrain won’t hurt you at the pump as it still gets respectable gas mileage of 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon in highway driving.

If you want an engine on your Cherokee that adds some power without sacrificing fuel efficiency, you can choose the 2.0-liter Turbo I-4. Although it is a smaller engine than the 2.4-liter I-4, it produces more power by using a turbocharger, giving you 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In addition to adding more pep to your Jeep Cherokee, this engine also provides outstanding fuel economy. It is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway with front-wheel drive, and 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway with four-wheel drive.

The biggest engine on the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is a 3.2-liter 24 valve Pentastar V6 with variable valve timing (VVT). VVT improves the engine’s overall efficiency, allowing bigger engines to produce better mileage numbers without sacrificing overall performance. This engine produces an astounding 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. On four-wheel drive Cherokees, it provides up to 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

All 2020 Jeep Cherokees come equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Having more gears allows the engine to be more efficient in powering the vehicle. It’s why an SUV the size of a Cherokee can have a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine and also translates into better towing ability for your Cherokee. The Cherokee equipped with the 2.4-liter engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds of trailer, while the 2.0-liter turbo can help it tow up to 4,000 pounds, and the 3.6-liter V6 provides power to tow up to 4,500 pounds.

Powertrains to Move a Grand Cherokee

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers four different engine options. The standard model is a very efficient 3.6-liter 24 valve Pentastar V6 with VVT. This can produce up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It provides exceptional fuel economy for a vehicle of this size at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway with rear-wheel drive and 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon in highway driving with four-wheel drive.

The other three engine options are only offered on Grand Cherokees with four-wheel drive. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with VVT produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can expect a fuel economy of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway when driving a Grand Cherokee with this engine.

The 6.4-liter SRT V8 produces a remarkable 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. This engine comes standard on the Grand Cherokee SRT trim. But the biggest engine is a Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces a prodigious 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on the Trackhawk trim and provides gas mileage of 11 miles per gallon in city driving and 17 miles per gallon in highway driving.

All 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee models feature a very responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. This is a great SUV to choose if you are looking to do some serious towing. The standard V6 engine allows the Grand Cherokee to tow up to 6,200 pounds of trailer. When you choose a Grand Cherokee with any of the V8 engines, your overall trailer rating improves to a robust 7,200 pounds. If you are looking to move a boat or a camper, then you should have no problem with a Grand Cherokee.

A white 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, popular among new vehicles for sale, is parked on a rocky river bank.

Entertainment Inside and Out

If you think you will have fun driving your new Cherokee or Grand Cherokee, imagine how much your passengers will enjoy the Uconnect system on your SUV. Uconnect integrates all of the key information and entertainment systems for your vehicle into a user-friendly color 7-inch touchscreen. You can connect your devices with Bluetooth, allowing you to do hands-free calls from the safety of your Cherokee or Grand Cherokee. The Uconnect system supports compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, depending on your smartphone’s operating system.

If you want to take the infotainment to the next level, you can choose the optional Uconnect 4C NAV system that includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen and navigation help guide you while on unfamiliar roads. Your passengers will really love you if you go for the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi HotSpot, turning your Jeep into a mobile internet cafe. Every Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee also features an AM/FM stereo system with at least six speakers, while higher trims offer premium grade sound systems that have up to nineteen speakers. Your only problem will be deciding on the soundtrack for your next adventure.

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee are your best bet for performance luxury SUVs. With these superior engines, you will get a drive unlike any other you’ve ever experienced before. But then, these are Jeeps.