2020 Jeep Cherokee review

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Jeep Cherokee highlights

Customer rating


  • Smooth power from the available V6 and turbocharged engine options
  • Comfortable ride thanks to the absorbent suspension
  • Great available 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Go-anywhere ability on Trailhawk models


  • Sluggish base engine
  • Less cargo space than some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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Compact and extremely functional

With an upscale interior and excellent off-road capabilities, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is suited both for your daily commute and for out of town trips with family and friends. It can comfortably seat up to five people and has ample cargo room while also being able to navigate crowded city streets easily thanks to its compact size.

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What is new for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee?

  • The Cherokee is available in a variety of new trims, including the Lux and North Edition.
  • Cherokee trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking, Lane Departure Warning, Full Roof Rack, and Tow Hitch as standard equipment this year.
  • The Upland trim now comes with 4WD/AWD as standard equipment.
  • The Trailhawk trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment.

2020 Jeep Cherokee trims

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Latitude Plus: 


  • Equipped with 18-inch gloss-black five-spoke aluminum wheels, 10 premium speakers, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, rear-cross traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, and much more.

  • View all Jeep Cherokee Limiteds in stock



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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Jeep Cherokee

1. Off-road capability

Jeep Cherokee: Backseats | CarMax

Having the ability to handle different types of road surfaces and weather conditions is very important for any SUV. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee has many capabilities thanks to the special off-road suspension and the available four-wheel drive. Jeep's Active Drive function is designed to automatically activate the four-wheel-drive mode when it detects an unusual road surface in order to improve traction. It also features excellent articulation and high ground clearance, which helps you maneuver more easily when driving on uneven terrain.

2. Advanced multimedia features

Jeep Cherokee: Tech Dash | CarMax

In addition to being a strong and powerful SUV, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is also a vehicle that provides a convenient and enjoyable ride for all passengers. It comes standard with an infotainment system that keeps you connected while on the road, along with helping you control and configure various vehicle systems quickly. The Uconnect system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and can be controlled via voice commands. You can use its seven-inch touchscreen to adjust the car's climate settings, make phone calls, or browse through radio stations.

3. Abundant cargo space

Jeep Cherokee: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

With that great compact shape, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee still offers ample storage space. The trunk's cargo volume is rated at 24.6 cubic feet, which is enough for several suitcases, all kinds of sporting gear, or any other bulky items you or your family might need to transport. Additionally, there are lots of well-positioned storage options across the cabin. There is also an available hidden cargo floor that further increases the overall cargo capacity.

4. Nice engine selection

With three different engine options, you can easily configure the 2020 Jeep Cherokee to fit your driving habits and needs in the best way possible. You can go for the base 2.4L, four-cylinder engine with 180 hp, or get the more powerful 3.6L, six-cylinder that is available as an option on the Limited trim and standard on the Trailhawk and Overland trims. What's more, there is an available 2.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine on the Trailhawk trim, for a total of 270 hp.

5. Roomy and comfortable cabin

Jeep Cherokee: Front Seats | CarMax

The spacious and elegantly designed interior is another factor that makes the Jeep Cherokee that much more appealing. The front bucket seats are easily adjustable and can provide the best possible driving position, whereas the 40.3 inches of legroom and 28.5 inches of headroom in the back is more than enough for three people to sit comfortably, even on longer trips. Available features like the heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats further increase the level of comfort.

Similar vehicles

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If you're looking for a rugged, family-friendly SUV, check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2017-2021 Grand Cherokee is available in a two-row design and is powered by a standard 295-hp 3.5L V6 engine. Want more seating? The Grand Cherokee L three-row model was launched for 2021.

The Grand Cherokee has a diverse set of trims and engine options, including a 240-hp turbodiesel engine, a performance-focused SRT powered by a 475-hp V8 (2015+), and a 707-hp supercharged V8 Trackhawk (2018+).

Standard features on the base 2017-2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity (2018+)

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Jeep Cherokee an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Jeep Cherokee 8th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Jeep Cherokee features and specs

Lux 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.1"/R 40.3"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 38.5"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



2020 Jeep Cherokee FAQ

More about the 2020 Jeep Cherokee

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver

  • Blue Shade

  • Bright White

  • Diamond Black Crystal

  • Granite Crystal

  • Hydro Blue

  • Light Brownstone

  • Olive Green

  • Sangria

  • Spitfire Orange

  • Sting-Grey

  • Velvet Red

Interior details

  • Maximum cargo capacity of 54.7 cubic feet

  • Seating capacity of up to five people

  • Uconnect infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Available leather upholstery, available memory settings for driver seat, rear 60/40-split folding-and-reclining seat, USB ports, and more.

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