2020 Jeep Cherokee

MSRP $27,340 - $38,495

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv

FILTER BY STYLE

2020 Jeep Cherokee Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 20, 2021

Nathan Dyer's image
Nathan Dyer 

Senior Editor


The 2020 Jeep Cherokee starting at $25,840 slots under the compact SUV segment and comes with a promise of refined driving manners and practicality with a Jeep pedigree. When properly equipped and powered by the optional V6 engine the Cherokee will impress with its towing capacity and power on tap. While the off-road-ready Cherokee Trailhawk trim is more than enough for occasional off-roaders and enthusiasts. While if you are ready to shell out money then the top-of-the-line and luxurious Overland trim's cabin can give some luxury compact SUVs a run for their money.

2020 Jeep Cherokee

Apart from that, while in the urban confines the Cherokee feels mature than rugged siblings like the Wrangler. Which is further clear from the fact that it offers better ride quality and reassuring handling. So it all depends on how to take the Cherokee. That being said, in this review, we will further reveal how the Cherokee fares when compared to other subcompact SUVs which don't have any serious inclination towards off-roading and are more of a soft-roader.

More from 2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee Exclusive Interior and Exterior Pictures | View latest Pictures

See detailed review »

Pros

Intuitive infotainment system

Premium in-cabin feel

Multiple engines choices

Competent off-road capability for its class

Cons

Below average MPG figures

Low cargo capacity

Underperforming base 2.4L engine

What's New?

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is a carryover model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

198 cu.in.

horsepower

271 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

239 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.6 in.

length

63.1 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

66.2 in.

curb weight

3953 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

128 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

4500 lbs.

payload capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

426.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Latitude$27,340 onwards

Latitude Plus$27,595 onwards

Latitude Lux$27,955 onwards

Altitude$28,790 onwards

North Edition$29,855 onwards

Upland$30,620 onwards

Upland Limited Edition$30,815 onwards

Limited$31,600 onwards

High Altitude$33,595 onwards

Trailhawk$34,755 onwards

Trailhawk Elite$35,255 onwards

Overland$36,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Jeep Cherokee in Billet Metallic Clearcoat color
Billet Metallic Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.8

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Jeep Cherokee is Jeep's take at urban customers who prefer compact crossovers but nothing serious in terms of off-road capabilities. The Cherokee is comfortable and offers a balanced ride and handling. Not to forget it comes with three engine choices and among them is a competent V6 engine that can pull close to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Front Three-Quarter View

All said and done, the Cherokee, despite its favorable specifications doesn't quite match up the sales numbers of its best-selling rival Honda CR-V or others from the segment like the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape. However, come 2020, the Jeep Cherokee with no changes this year still has a trick or two up its sleeve. Read ahead to find that out.

2020 Jeep Cherokee SUV front angle view
2020 Jeep Cherokee SUV rear angle view

8.8/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Jeep Cherokee Features

8.8/10

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee comes in five trims namely Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland. The base Latitude trim gets a 2.4-liter inline-4 motor while there is an option of a 3.2-liter V6 (standard on Overland trim) or a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. Except for the Trailhawk trim, all the other trims offer the option of FWD or 4WD while the Trailhawk is strictly a 4WD model.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Side View

Apart from the standard features listed in the table below, there are a couple of optional packages worth looking at. The first one in this is the Technology Group package that adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam, automatic parking, automatic emergency braking, automatic wipers, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. This package is available on Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland trims.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Rear View

While Cold Weather Group package can be added on the first two trims for the heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and remote start. Lastly, there is a Trailer Tow package that comes with a full-size spare, Class III hitch, trailer wiring harness for four and seen pin system, etc. That being said, most of the comfort and convenience features offered on higher trims are available as an option or in a package on lower trims.

Trims

Latitude

Latitude Plus

Limited

Trailhawk

Overland

MSRP (FWD)

$25,840

$27,595

$31,600

N/A

$36,995

MSRP (4WD)

$27,340

$29,095

$34,845

$34,755

$38,495

Key Features

Automatic LED Headlights

Adds/Upgrades to “Latitude”

Adds/Upgrades to “Latitude Plus”

Adds/Upgrades to “Limited”

Adds/Upgrades to “Limited”

 

Fabric upholstery

Push-button start

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Off-road suspension

Hands-free tailgate

 

Rear parking sensors

Cloth and Vinyl Upholstery

Nappa Leather Upholstery

Jeep Active Drive Lock (4WD)

Sound damping windshield and front windows

 

8 Cargo Area tie-downs

8-way powered driver seat

Heated Front Seats

Locking rear differential

Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel

17-inch off-road-focused alloy wheels

Driver's seat memory function

 

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats

Satellite radio

8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Skid plates

9 Speaker Alpine audio system

 

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system w/ 6-speaker

 

Blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert

Hill ascent and descent control

Upgraded leather upholstery 

We Recommend

The Limited trim offers a lot of premium features for its price and is the most feature-friendly option among the rest. While off-roaders can look at the competent Trailhawk trim.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Engine and Performance

7.6/10
"With three all-wheel-drive systems, no competitor offers the off-road prowess of the Cherokee."TheCarconnection.com

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers three engine configurations with the base Latitude Trim getting the same old and dull 2.4-liter inline-4 motor that puts out 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. It is a weak engine in terms of power and performance and isn’t very engaging to drive. The next engine available is a 3.2-liter V6 that generates 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. It's punchier in response than the base trim and offers quicker acceleration and towing capacity as well. While the third and the last engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that cranks out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Irrespective of the engine the Cherokee comes with a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Engine

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers a pleasant ride experience even if it doesn’t offer the most comfortable one. The suspension does a good job of absorbing the minor potholes and speed bumps with ease. The big potholes are where the Jeep’s suspension fails to impress as the lack of damping isn’t enough, to absorb those bumps. In terms of handling, the Cherokee surprises with its sporty handling. The body roll is well controlled at high speeds or while changing directions and the chassis feels poised and balanced at highway speeds despite the Cherokee’s massive weight.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Wheel Design & Brake

When it comes to performance the 2020 Cherokee puts some quick figures like the base engine powered Cherokee hits the 60 mph mark in just 7.6 seconds while the V6 powered Cherokee does the same in 7.1 seconds and the turbo-four powered Cherokee further lowers the time by hitting the 60 mph mark in 6.7 seconds. The 2020 Cherokee also comes with a good set of brakes that perform better than most would expect them to. The brake pedals offer a good response and the stopping distance from 60-0 mph falls under the average category in the segment. 

Models

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Ford Escape

MSRP

$25,840

$25,050

$25,190

$24,885

Engine

2.4-liter inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

2.5-liter inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3

Transmission

9-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

171 lb-ft @ 4600rpm

179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

190 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.6 sec

7.7 sec

8.1 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.0 sec

16.0 sec

16.3 sec

15.9 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

121 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH

126 MPH

In this comparison, the Escape and the CR-V are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged motor while the CX-5 and the Cherokee draw power from their respective naturally aspirated inline-4 motor. As for power figures, the CR-V cranking out 190 hp tops the chart while for the torque it's the Escape that puts out the best 190 lb-ft. But when it comes to acceleration timings the Cherokee leaves everyone behind with the fastest 60 mph time while the Escape, with one-tenth of a second margin over the Cherokee, covers the fastest quarter-mile. 

2020 Jeep Cherokee Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee courtesy of its heavier curb weight and a lethargic motor returns 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The base motor with 4WD sees a drop of one mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway gas mileage. The V6 powered Cherokee on the other hand returns 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. While the turbo-four powered Cherokee returns the best 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Thus if you prefer good gas mileage then opt for the turbo-four otherwise you are better off with the V6 as for a small dip in mileage you get more power and towing capacity.

Model

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

22

28

25

27

MPG (Highway)

31

34

31

33

MPG (Combined)

25

30

28

30

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

15.8

14.0

14.8

14.8

Range (City / Highway)

(mi.)

348 / 490

392 / 476

370 / 459

400 / 488

With a combined mpg figure of just 25, the 2020 Cherokee ranks lowest among the competition. While both the CR-V and the Escape with a smaller engine return the best 30 mpg of combined gas mileage. The fuel tank capacity of the CR-V is the least and the Cherokee has the biggest fuel tank, a capacity of 1.8-gallon more than the CR-V. Thus due to this fact even though the rival SUVs are more efficient the Jeep Cherokee offers a longer range on the highway. 

2020 Jeep Cherokee Interior

8.0/10
"The Cherokee’s Interior materials are a notch above the competition and Jeep has updated the look this year with contrasting lighter colors on lower panels." –TheCarConnection.com

Inside the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, it offers seating for five people with the cabin being easily accessible for most body sizes. There is a generous amount of headroom and legroom on offer for both the front and rear passengers. Taller passengers will more so appreciate the good amount of headroom on offer while others will like big glass area that elevates the roominess of the cabin. The cabin was redesigned just last year so most of the things are pretty much up-to-date and the controls being ergonomically laid out with soft-touch material at prominent places.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Dashboard

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers two screen sizes for the infotainment system. The base unit is a 7-inch touchscreen while the Limited and above trims sports an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system irrespective of the screen size remains the best in the business. As standard, you get a six-speaker audio system with smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Cargo

The Limited trim with the bigger touchscreen replaces the standard audio system with a 9-speaker Alpine audio system which we felt is the one to opt for in case your trim doesn't offer it as standard. With 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, the cargo capacity of the Jeep Cherokee is below average for the segment. That said, the Cherokee gets a 60/40-split folding rear seat, as standard, to increase the cargo area while with the rear seat folded there is 54.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space liberated.

Model

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Ford Escape

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/ 57.6/ 41.1 40.1/ 57.9/ 41.3 39.7/ 57.1/ 41.0 40.0/ 57.6/ 42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/ 55.1/ 40.3 39.2/ 55.6/ 40.4 39.0/ 54.8/ 39.6 39.3/ 56.0/ 40.7

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

25.8 39.2 30.9 33.5

You would be surprised to note here that the Jeep Cherokee which is dimensionally similar to the CR-V although offers similar cabin space but can't match its cargo space. While overall it is the Escape which is the most space inside among all the SUVs here. But it is also second to the CR-V when it comes to cargo space on offer followed by CX-5 and Cherokee. 

2020 Jeep Cherokee Cabin

Interior Features:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Available power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control

2020 Jeep Cherokee Exterior

7.0/10
"The funky, separated lighting that gave the Cherokee a sleepy face is gone." –TheCarConnection.com

The 2019 redesign has brought a lot of maturity and subtleness to the Cherokee's exterior design especially the front fascia. The Cherokee from the front now looks more mature and a smaller sibling of the Grand Cherokee. The rear also has some unique elements like clear lens tail lamps and skid plates that accentuate the character of the SUV

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Front View

The Jeep Cherokee falls amongst the compact SUVs in the segment in terms of its dimensions and this yields ease while parking in tight spaces or moving through crowded spaces. The smaller footprint with a Jeep pedigree makes the Cherokee a perfect size vehicle for urban duties and a compact family that loves going off-trail.

Model

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Ford Escape

Curb weight (lbs.)

3590 3337 3541 3298

Length (in)

182.0

182.1 179.1 180.5

Width (in)

73.2

73.0 72.5 74.1

Height (in)

65.7

66.1 66.2 66.1

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

7.8

7.5 7.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.2

105.9

104.7

106.2

When it comes to dimensions then the Jeep Cherokee is almost close to the CR-V give or take an inch. While the Escape is the widest one and the CX-5 is the tallest SUV among all. With 7.8-inches of ground clearance, the CR-V is most comfortable in going over big bumps but its large front and rear overhang are a disadvantage while off-roading.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Rear View

Exterior Features:

  • Automatic front LED headlamps w/ LED daytime running lamps
  • LED taillamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available front LED fog lamps
  • Available 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Available acoustic windshield
  • Available skid plate

2020 Jeep Cherokee Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee comes with a good amount of active and passive safety features as standard while a host of advanced driver-assist features are either standard on higher trims or a part of an optional package on the base trim. The IIHS and NHTSA have a slightly split opinion on the safety ratings of the Cherokee as the IIHS gave the 2020 Cherokee the highest rating of 'Good' in all its six parameters while the NHTSA only gave it four out of five stars in overall safety ratings. 

2020 Jeep Cherokee NHTSA Crash Test

Safety features:

  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Available blind-spot monitor
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available automatic emergency braking
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available forward-collision warning

2020 Jeep Cherokee Competition

8.0/10

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Honda CR-V

There is no denying the fact that the Honda CR-V is one of the best SUVs in the segment. It flaunts an easy-to-understand infotainment system and best-in-class storage space. The CR-V additionally has a rich lodge that offers two lines of seating and has enough space to oblige grown-ups.

Honda CR-V

The Cherokee however is a more practical off-roader of the two as it offers better ground clearance, approach and departure angles, superb 4WD setup, and a capable V6 motor under the hood. So if you want a daily driver for occasional off-road the go for the Cherokee else the CR-V should be preferred.

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the sportiest SUVs in the segment. The Mazda offers one of the best second-row seating arrangements in the class as well. When it comes to refinement and luxury the CX-5 is leaps and bounds ahead of the Cherokee although both the SUVs boast a spacious cabin.

Mazda CX-5

The Cherokee however manages to close the gap between it and the CX-5 in terms of riding dynamics and handling. When it comes to daily usability and practicality the CX-5 has an upper hand but just like the CR-V, it falls short before the Cherokee when it comes to off-roading prowess.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Final Verdict

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee now has become a very refined and mature offering for urban customers who can't live with the unforgiving ride quality of a Wrangler or buy the pricier Grand Cherokee. The base motor is a letdown but the V6 packs in a whole lot of punch with decent gas mileage and pulling capacity. Unlike other pseudo compact SUVs, the Cherokee is very much capable off-road, especially in the Cherokee Trailhawk trim. So, if you want a proper SUV but in a compact proportion, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is definitely, one of the top contenders to be considered.


FAQs on the 2020 Jeep Cherokee:

Is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee a reliable SUV?

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee has a reliability score of 79 out of 100 from J.D.Powers and it misses to find a spot in the top ten consumer-rated SUVs. Thus it is safe to say it is below-average in terms of reliability.

What price to pay for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee for the base Latitude trim has an MSRP of $25,840 which goes up to $38,495 for the fully loaded Overland trim.

What's new on the 2020 Jeep Cherokee?

The Jeep Cherokee was last updated from grounds up in 2019, so for 2020, there are no changes and it's a carryover model. 

Similar Cars

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP: $27,825- $39,425

7.7/10
2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5

MSRP: $26,590- $37,155

7.9/10
2020 Ford Escape
2020 Ford Escape

MSRP: $26,385- $36,435

7.5/10
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP: $26,095- $33,745

7.2/10
2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Forester

MSRP: $26,695- $34,295

7.7/10
2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Sorento

MSRP: $28,090- $41,890

7.8/10
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue

MSRP: $26,650- $33,040

6.7/10
2020 Chevrolet Equinox
2020 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP: $27,495- $36,895

7.1/10
2020 GMC Terrain
2020 GMC Terrain

MSRP: $29,595- $37,415

6.7/10
2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Honda CR-V

MSRP: $25,750- $34,150

7.7/10