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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X 4×4 Review – Aging Stalwart

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X 4×4

three.6-liter V6 (as much as 295 horsepower @ 6,four hundred rpm; 260 lb-ft @ four,000 rpm)

Eight-velocity automated, 4-wheel drive

18 metropolis / 25 freeway / 21 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

12.7 metropolis, 9.6 freeway, eleven.three mixed. (NRCan Score, L/100km)

Base Worth: $forty one,855 (U.S) / $sixty four,035* (Canada)

As Examined: $fifty two,035 (U.S.) / $fifty eight,030 (Canada)

Costs embrace $1,495 vacation spot cost in the USA and $1,995 (as much as $2,695) for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast. Asterisk denotes $eight,000 CAD low cost utilized by Jeep Canada

I knew I’d want wheels throughout every week-lengthy journey to Los Angeles. I hoped for one thing properly-fitted to a run over the Angeles Crest Freeway.

As an alternative, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was the vehicle out there. I hadn’t pushed one in years, however I’ve all the time been fond of the present era — a era that’s growing older quickly. Would the ravages of time bitter my opinions?

Brief reply: No. Whereas ageing, the Grand Cherokee stays a pleasing SUV for round-city commuting, with off-street functionality in its again pocket.

(Full disclosure: Jeep loaned me this Cherokee whereas I used to be in Los Angeles for the LA Auto Present).

My test JGC got here outfitted with the three.6-liter V6, which I discovered throughout previous drives to be an enough alternative for Hemi V8 energy, no less than round city. That is still true, though LA’s hillier streets challenged the V6 a bit. That’s as a result of asking “as much as” 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque to encourage over four,500 kilos isn’t straightforward.

I took the Jeep to the famed Angeles Crest Freeway northeast of LA, as a result of why not, and the Grand Cherokee was a prepared if awkward dance associate. Unsurprisingly, the V6 struggled a bit in them thar hills, however the steering feels slightly properly dialed-in for an electric unit, with applicable weight. Whereas the Grand Cherokee is not any cornering champ – howdy, physique roll – its on-street manners are fairly good for an SUV that’s extra related to venturing off-street.

No less than till it’s time to brake. The Jeep’s binders predictably weren’t as much as the duty within the mountains, softening shortly because the street received harder. This was considerably anticipated – the truth that the brakes have been simply as gentle round-city, even days after the mountain run, was not.

The Jeep labored simply wonderful as a freeway cruiser, isolating noise nicely and driving easily on LA’s principally pristine roads. The occasional damaged pavement didn’t upset it.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

I had loads of head- and legroom and as regular, Jeep’s infotainment system and onerous controls work nicely and are laid out merely and logically. A few of the supplies are a let down, provided that with choices, my test vehicle rang the register at $fifty two,035.

The Limited X is likely one of the decrease obtainable trims, however it nonetheless value forty giant simply to start out. A $four,900 choice package deal added an entire slew of features, together with 20-inch wheels, black roof rails and exterior accents, physique-colour fascias and a physique shade sill extension, twin darkish chrome exhaust ideas, LED fog lamps, particular badging, black grille, bi-xenon HID headlights, shift paddles, Pirelli efficiency all-season tires, and LED DRLs.

That’s on prime of standard features comparable to in-car Wi-Fi, satellite tv for pc radio, keyless entry, distant begin, energy liftgate, Uconnect infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, twin USB, auxiliary port, blind-spot detection, rear cross-path detection, and heated entrance seats.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

One other $1,495 will get you adaptive cruise management, brake help, ahead-collision warning, lane-departure warning, parking help, and rain-delicate wipers.  A twin panoramic sunroof provides one other $1,495. A subwoofer and amplifier and noise-management system pop you for an additional $795, and the vacation spot cost is yet one more $1,495.

Two packages and a D and D payment that each one are the identical price? Somebody discover Nic Cage — we’ve a clue in the direction of the subsequent nationwide treasure.

At this level, the Grand Cherokee feels virtually like a nationwide treasure. It’s considered one of Jeep’s most iconic nameplates, together with Wrangler and Cherokee. When launched, it was one of many higher mid-size SUVs available on the market, and it stays aggressive, if not lengthy within the tooth.

Sure, it was a let down on the backroads, however I anticipated that from a JGC not sporting Trackhawk or SRT badging. Whereas I by no means went off-street, I’m positive it will’ve been a lot succesful. Jeeps often are.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X

Like so many SUVs, that is an round-city rig, it doesn’t matter what it might do within the backwoods. For that function, it’s simply nice. Sure, the brakes want firming, and sure, the vehicle’s weight may be felt even underneath regular stoplight-to-stoplight acceleration circumstances. Nevertheless it rides properly and steers nicely, presents interior consolation and quiet, and has driver-pleasant controls, plus a not-half-dangerous audio system.

It’s getting previous, however it’s getting old gracefully. The subsequent era could also be on sale by the top of this yr, if rumors show true, however the present era has only a little bit of life left.

[Images © 2020 Tim Healey/TTAC, Jeep]

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