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Five different trims of the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee are driving in a line with a blue sky and clouds above.

Demystifying the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has seven trims to choose from. I’m going to repeat that for the folks in the back that might not have heard me clearly: it has SEVEN trim levels to choose from, not including any of the special editions. Unless you take some time to read through a brochure or do some serious research, that’s probably more than a little overwhelming when looking at the Grand Cherokee and trying to choose the right one.

Even if you’re not actually shopping for an SUV right now and you just like Jeep vehicles and being in the know, that’s still pretty overwhelming. With a lot of other vehicles out there, that many trims would be overkill (to say the least), but the 2020 Grand Cherokee actually pulls it off pretty well. When you look at the different trims, they each make sense and have a pretty good identity all their own. So, whether you’re shopping for a Jeep Grand Cherokee or just like to know what’s out there, I’m going to help you out today. Let’s take a good look at each trim and see what it has to offer.

The Laredo

This is where to start with the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: it’s the standard trim and has all of the standard features you’d probably expect. This includes a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 4WD is available, but not standard, and it includes 17-inch wheels as well as keyless enter and go. It has some good features inside, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for audio, speed, and more, with a 7-inch display cluster and a 7-inch infotainment system accompanied by six speakers.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection are standard, along with a rear park assist system and seven airbags. Available features include 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, and a whole host of additional safety features. It’s a great place to start, but not exceptional among the trim levels – you have to start somewhere.

The Limited

A red 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is driving away on a road in the rain.

A step up from the basic Laredo trim is the Limited, which despite its name, is not a limited or special edition, just the second trim level. The Limited has the same engine and similar features as the Laredo, with 18-inch wheels standard along with LED taillamps. You get heated first-row leather-trimmed seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel in the Limited, plus an 8-inch Infotainment system with the standard six speakers.

One of the big advantages of the Limited is the available 5.7L V8 engine, which you can’t get on the standard Laredo trim. There are also a number of luxury upgrades available on the Limited, like ventilated leather-trimmed front seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and a premium Alpine surround sound system. For the most part, these kinds of available upgrades are one of the biggest reasons to choose the Limited over the standard trim.

The Overland

With the Overland trim for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a lot of the available features for the Limited become standard, and more features become available. For example, the Overland has 20-inch wheels and a dual rear exhaust, but the same 3.6L V6 engine. You get active noise cancellation, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel and armrests all standard on the Overland.

The first and second-row seats are both heated and leather-trimmed with the Overland, and the front seats are ventilated. The 9-speaker Alpine surround sound system is standard on this trim, as is an acoustic windshield. With the Overland, the 5.7L V8 engine is still available, as is an impressive Harman Kardon 19-speaker premium audio system. More available upgrades include a rear entertainment system, off-road features, and additional safety features.

The Summit

The Summit trim is the pinnacle option if you are looking for a standard 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a focus on luxury and sophistication, rather than a particular type of performance. With the Summit, you get active noise cancellation as well as more acoustic glass for a really quiet and enjoyable driving experience. Plus, the dual-pane panoramic sunroof and the Harman Kardon 19-speaker premium audio system are both standard on the Summit.

Even a lot of great safety features like a forward collision warning with active braking and both parallel and perpendicular park assist come standard on the Summit. This is the way to go if you want the essential Jeep Grand Cherokee experience and crave incredible luxury and sophistication. It’s a gorgeous vehicle with a lot to offer.

The Trailhawk

Now we come to the first of three trim levels that have a very specific focus to them. The Trailhawk is the ideal trim for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee if you are interested in going off-road. This model comes with the standard 3.6L V6 engine, but Quadra-Drive II 4WD is standard on it, along with a Quadra-Lift air suspension system and a Selec-Terrain traction management system. It has red tow hooks, skid plates to protect the fuel tank, transfer case, front suspension, and underbody, and Selec-Speed control.

In addition to its off-road focus, the Trailhawk also has a lot of great features, including a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and Nappa leather-trimmed heated and ventilated seats. Since this model is more focused on going off-road, other features like the panoramic sunroof and premium lighting are available options rather than standard. However, it does come with some great safety features and plenty of exciting options.

The SRT

The first of two options designed with performance in mind, the SRT trim comes with a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine that delivers incredible power. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and SRT performance brakes with Brembo calipers. Add 20-inch wheels, a high-performance adaptive damping suspension, and Bilstein shocks, and the SRT is clearly designed to dominate the road. Additionally, a 180mph speedometer, a unique heated, leather, flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and SRT badging inside and out will set this trim apart from the others. Finally, it has the Alpine 9-speaker sound system and a number of excellent safety features, with the panoramic sunroof available.

The Trackhawk

A red 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is driving around a corner on a racetrack.

The second performance-based option is the Trackhawk, which is the ultimate expression of pure power for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This beast is powered by a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that delivers more than 700 hp, with an upgraded TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission and regenerative performance brakes. It has a quad exhaust system with black chrome tips and offers incredible performance.

You get a 200mph speedometer in the Trackhawk as well as unique Trackhawk-exclusive performance features inside. This model also has a flat-bottom steering wheel like in the SRT, light black chrome interior accents, and other unique details. For raw performance and power, there is no other Grand Cherokee quite like this.

Which Trim Should You Choose?

Well, that really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want incredible performance, then check out the SRT or the Trackhawk. But if going off-road is your passion, then the Trailhawk is for you. Otherwise, one of the standard trim levels is probably the way to go – starting with the Laredo and moving up to the Summit. No matter which trim level you choose, however, you’re going to get a terrific SUV with lots of room inside and the bold design you expect from Jeep.

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