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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Levels with Comparisons & Configurations.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons: Laredo vs Laredo E vs Upland, Altitude vs Limited & Trailhawk, Limited X vs Overland vs High Altitude, Summit vs SRT vs Trackhawk

What 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trim Level Should you Buy? What is the Difference Between Trims?

Long before everyone was making and buying SUVs, Jeep was working on perfecting this type of vehicle. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-seat SUV that has been around for a long time. In fact, it is currently in its fourth generation, which debuted back in 2011. Although it does feel like a full refresh should be right around the corner, there have been a decent amount of upgrades over the years, keeping the Grand Cherokee competitive.

One of the appeals of the 2020 Grand Cherokee is the number of variations it comes in. This can also make shopping for one a bit overwhelming. The following is a guide that spells out the changes all 12 different trim levels make in order to help you make a more informed decision.


Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo vs the Laredo E Trims. What is the difference?

Popping open the hood of the Laredo trim level will reveal a 3.6L V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combo is designed to produce 295-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Like most models, it can be had with either front-wheel-drive or with a 4x4 system. The max towing capacity of the Laredo is 6,200 pounds.

Seating is fairly basic but definitely functional. You get cloth bucket seats in the front. The passenger seat up front folds completely flat and the rear seat features a 60/40 split for folding to help load long objects. Adding a bit of sophistication is the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Moving on to tech, the Laredo gives you steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. You also get a 7" touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trim levels of the Grand Cherokee.

Exterior features include halogen quad headlamps and LED taillamps. The Laredo gives you standard automatic on/off headlights. Rounding out the lighting on this trim level is low-beam daytime running lights and premium fog lights. Also standard on the Laredo is capless fuel fill featuring a power locking fuel-filler door. Mirrors are heated and have power-folding abilities.

You get a decent number of advanced safety features on the entry-level Laredo. Standard is blind-spot and cross-path detection, the ParkView rear backup camera, trailer-sway dampening. There are no optional safety features to add-on for the Laredo.

The Laredo E is, unsurprisingly, very similar to the Laredo. It does, however, unlock a few more standard features and quite a few more optional ones. The driver's seat gains eight-way power adjustment and four-way lumbar support adjustment. Heated seats become an option at this trim level.

Another feature that is available for the Laredo E is a power sunroof. You can also add a universal garage door opener. For this trim, you can upgrade your infotainment system to the 8.4" screen and add GPS as well as HD radio capability.

For both the Laredo and Laredo E, 17" silver aluminum wheels are the standard. The Laredo E gives you the option of upgrading to 18" Tech Gray aluminum wheels, however. Another change to the exterior is the addition of bright side roof rails. This trim gives you the option of adding a remote start system.

The Laredo E is just a small jump up in price levels from the Laredo and may be worth it to consumers looking to customize their Grand Cherokee with add-ons.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E vs the Upland Trims.  What is the difference?

Underneath the hood, the Upland is the same as the Laredo E. It does, however, add standard tow hooks and a Selec-Terrain® system for 4x4 models. Wheel size jumps up to 20" and are Gloss Black aluminum.

Inside the cabin, the Upland adds a 115-volt auxiliary port. You also get a heated steering wheel, standard heated front seats, and an automatic dimming rearview mirror. The optional universal garage door opener becomes standard at this trim level. The 7" infotainment screen is still standard, with the 8.4" with navigation being an option.

Going with the Upland trim unlocks some exterior lighting options. You can choose to add automatic high beam control as well as LED daytime running lights. This trim loses the bright side roof rails but gains a power liftgate. Being a more off-road-oriented model, hill descent control is standard on the Upland. The remote start system also becomes standard here.

With a few more luxuries on the inside and more capability on the outside, the Upland may appeal to some consumers.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland vs the Altitude Trims. What is the difference?

Inside the Altitude, drivers will find black suede seats with stylish black stitching. This is the first trim level to make the active noise-control system an available option. Starting with this trim level, the 8.4" touchscreen with navigation and HD radio becomes standard. A nine-speaker audio system is unlocked as an available option.

The Altitude gets rid of the standard tow hooks and the advanced Selec-Terrain® system. It also is not available with hill descent control. Other than the upgrade to the infotainment system becoming standard and the deletion of some off-roading features, the Upland and Altitude are very similar vehicles.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude vs the Limited Trims.  What is the difference?

With this step up in trims you begin to see more significant changes. While the V6 engine remains the standard, a 5.7L V8 becomes optional. This engine gets you 360-horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. A heavy-duty engine cooling system is optional on the Limited trim.

Inside of the Limited trim, the front passenger seat gets eight-way power adjustment and four-way lumbar support. The bucket seats themselves get a leather-trim. From this trim level up, the power sunroof becomes a standard feature. A fun optional feature for the Limited is steering-wheel-mounted shift control. Families may consider the Limited trim because it gives you the option of adding a dual-screen video system that is Blu Ray compatible. Dual remote USB charging ports are added for this trim.

Interestingly, the Limited trim moves down in wheel size. It rides on the 18" Tech Gray wheels. You can easily recognize this trim thanks to its bright door handles and bright grille. The bright side roof rails also make a reappearance, and a single exhaust port with a bright tip is added. The side mirrors gain chrome as well as integrated turn signals and memory.

The Limited trim regains the Selec-Terrain® System. Properly equipped models with the larger engine can tow up to 7,200 pounds. Full-speed forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and parking assist become optional on this trim. Overall, the Limited is a great mid-range option.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited vs the Trailhawk Trims. What is the difference?

The Trailhawk is a trim you can only get with the 4x4 drivetrain. Once again, the V6 is standard and the 5.7L V8 is optional. The heavy-duty engine cooling is standard either way. Active noise control is standard as well. Steering-wheel-mounted shift control also joins the list of included features.

Inside, the Trailhawk has specialized red stitching on its black door panel. The red stitching can be found in other spots throughout the cabin. A 506-watt amplifier is included standard, which boosts the signal to your now standard nine-speaker stereo sound system with subwoofer.

For the Trailhawk, Jeep gave the Grand Cherokee 18" Off-Road aluminum wheels. While most bright touches from the Limited go back to body-colored for the Trailhawk, this trim does get dual bright exhaust tips. To differentiate itself from the other trims, the Trailhawk has Neutral Grey side mirrors and grille. You also get a red "Trail-Rated" badge.

To make it more off-road capable, the Trailhawk has a front suspension skid plate, fuel tank skid plate, underbody skid plate, transfer case skid plate, and Quadra-Lift air suspension. A Class IV receiver hitch and red tow hooks are standard. The safety features that were optional on the Limited are not available for the Trailhawk, with the exception of park assist.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk vs the Limited X Trims.  What is the difference?

For the Limited X, the nine-speaker sound system and dual-screen video system are not options. The active noise control also goes back to being optional. This trim rides on 20" Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. It gets Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights, premium LED foglights, and LED daytime running lights.

Outside, this trim has dual dark chrome exhaust tips. It is the first trim to offer the dual-pane sunroof. It has a Granite Crystal grille and dark chrome badging as well. This trim level loses all of the skid plates and the air suspension. All advanced safety features that were available on the Limited are back to being optional for the Limited X.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X vs the Overland Trims. What is the difference?

Active noise control is once again standard for the Overland. This trim also gains a leather-wrapped instrument panel and center console. The dual-pane sunroof becomes a standard feature and you get heat for the second-row seats. You also get a sophisticated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Overland comes with the nine-speaker stereo system standard and gives you the option of upgrading to a 19-speaker system instead.

Outside, this trim has exterior mirror courtesy lights. It also features front chrome tow hooks. Rain-sensing windshield wipers are added to the Overland. This trim also regains the air suspension lost on the Limited X.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland vs the High Altitude Trims.  What is the difference?

The High Altitude will give you Nappa leather-lined bucket seats. It also gives you eye-catching bright pedals. This trim goes back to just leather on the steering wheel. What really sets the High Altitude apart is the fact that it adds all of the previously optional advanced safety features to its list of standard equipment. It also adds adaptive cruise control as a standard feature. The High Altitude is a great choice for safety-conscious consumers.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude vs the Summit Trims. What is the difference?

The Summit adds wood back to the leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also gets the very nice 19-speaker stereo system as standard equipment. This trim sits on 20" fully polished aluminum wheels and has a body-color grille with chrome accents. The rear sunscreen gains acoustic laminated glass. All of the skid plates from the Trailhawk become optional features. The biggest addition to this trim is a self-parking system.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit vs the SRT.  What is the difference?

The SRT ups its horsepower to 475-horsepower and its torque to 470 lb-ft thanks to its 6.4L HEMI V8. Feature-wise, this vehicle is very similar to the Summit, although it goes back down to the nine-speaker audio system. It has special leather and perforated suede SRT seats and the option of upgrading to Laguna leather.

What it really adds is performance features, including a specialized sports-tuned suspension and sport-tuned steering. You also get performance brakes. The SRT sits on 20" Carbon Split wheels. It gives you the option of red seat belts.

Compare the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs the Trackhawk Trims.  What is the difference?

If you are willing to shell out almost 20,000 more than the SRT would cost you, you can get the Trackhawk. This beast of a vehicle is powered by a 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 and produces 707-horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. The Trailhawk gets an even better sports suspension as well as massive Brembo six-piston brakes.

Inside the Trackhawk, you get Laguna leather performance seats. The speedometer goes up to 200 instead of the standard 180. Outside, this trim level sits on 20" Black Satin aluminum wheels.


Which Trim to Choose?

The lower trim levels of the 2020 Grand Cherokee are a bit underwhelming. On the other hand, the upper trim levels seem a tad too extreme. Sure, it would be fun to drive the Trackhawk, but few people really need that kind of power for their daily commuting.

Sticking to the middle of the trim range is your best bet here. The Overland is a great option, particularly if you upgrade to the 5.7L V8. This trim makes many of the previously optional touches standard and gives you quite a bit of advanced safety features.
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