The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2020 Ford Edge compete in the 5-passenger 2-row SUVs segment offering decidedly different takes on the genre. The Grand Cherokee brings optional V8 power and off-road prowess. The Edge offers comfort in a proven package that delivers value. Which is Better?
- The Trackhawk boasts track cred with a 707-horsepower Hellcat V8.
- Offered in front- or all-wheel drive, Edge boasts plenty of cargo space.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Base Price: $33,540 / Read our 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
What we like: Wide range of engine options from V6 to V8, off-road capability, luxurious cabin, audacious 707-horsepower Trackhawk.
What we would change: Update an aging platform, improve fuel economy, add storage space.
Overview: The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers plenty of capability across a diverse model range that includes V6 and V8 powertrains. The solid, yet aging chassis, offers rear-drive or optional 4-wheel drive and is well suited for towing duties. The design is familiar, not the least bit cutting edge. But the interior makes up for it with a high level of luxury in the upper trims. Grand Cherokee seats five in a space that’s a bit tighter and has less cargo space than the Edge. Beyond that, Jeep cuts no corners when it comes to off-road or towing abilities and has also added two SRT-tuned versions to give this old warrior some admirable on-road performance chops.
What’s new for 2020: Limited and Trailhawk trims get a standard sunroof. Laredo, Limited and Trailhawk trims get a new Premium Lighting Group package. The Active Safety Group package available on Laredos has been expanded. Overland and Summit trims get new interior colors, while the High Altitude trim gets a new wheel design.
Features and technology: Grand Cherokee is available in no fewer than seven trim levels. The base Laredo comes with 17-in alloy wheels, proximity entry and keyless start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-in touchscreen interface, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack. The Trailhawk trim adds off-road elements including 18-inch wheels and tires and an air suspension. Those looking for more luxury might consider Limited, Overland and Summit trim levels. The top engine in the luxury trims is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 360 horsepower.
The bad boys of the Grand Cherokee lineup are the V8-powered SRT and SRT Trackhawk. The former has a normally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 rated at 475 horsepower, while the latter employs a supercharged Hellcat 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horses. You’ll pay $67,845 for the SRT and $86,350 for the Trackhawk.
What does the future hold: Jeep is working on a replacement for the Grand Cherokee as well as a 3-row model that we may see as soon as the 2022 model year. See the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for sale near you
2020 Ford Edge
Base Price: $32,095 / Read our 2020 Ford Edge Review
What we like: Sporty ST trim with 335 horsepower, high tech features, smooth 8-speed automatic, premium interior, and a quiet cabin
What we would change: Add more supportive seats, improve the off-road capability
Overview: The Ford Edge remains a solid choice in the 2-row SUV segment with bold styling along with plenty of engine and trim options. There’s plenty of cabin and cargo space. Since it rides on a platform that found application in both the car and SUV segments, it’s geared for more on-road performance than off-road bashing. Base models come in front-drive with AWD as an option. As a primarily road-going SUV, Ford has worked on its performance chops and offers a finely tuned and great handling sport model in the ST. This trim boasts 335 horsepower from its twin-turbo 3.7-liter V6 engine.
Despite being a little dated at this point — its last major redesign was in 2015 — it soldiers on with a suite of safety and driver-assistance features under its Co-Pilot360 umbrella standard on all trim levels.
What’s new for 2020:
Features and technology: The Edge is available in SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST trim levels. Base models include Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers, remote start/lock/unlock, and keyless entry/ignition. Even the rearview camera has its own little washer jet. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 array of driver aids is also part of the deal, bringing forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
Higher trims bring more comfort and convenience touches, such as the Sync 3 infotainment system (from SEL up), hands-free tailgate operation, leather upholstery, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
What does the future hold: After adding a new Titanium Elite trim level and making several cosmetic changes with paint and other features, the Edge will carry over into the 2021 model year with few changes. See 2020 Ford Edge models for sale near you
Grand Cherokee vs. Edge: Strengths comparison
Grand Cherokee Benefits: Superior off-road capability, more model choices and trim levels, V8 power
Ford Edge Benefits: Ford Co-Pilot 360 Safety as standard equipment, available 4-cylinder power, better fuel economy
Grand Cherokee vs. Edge: Which is better?
As family transportation, the Ford Edge has plenty to offer with its 5-passenger seating, roomier cabin, and more load-carrying capability. That said, it’s primary role is that of a daily commuter than a weekend getaway machine. Though it’s starting to show its age, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is better for its broader range of trims from which to choose. You can start with V6 power and the Trailhawk option which will allow you to do some pretty serious off-roading. Then there are also more luxury-oriented models in Grand Cherokee lineup. And finally, for the truly speed crazy, the SRT and Trackhawk beat the Edge ST hands down. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale or Find a Ford Edge for sale
|2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2020 Ford Edge|
|Engine||3.6-liter V6||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||295 hp @ 6,400 rpm||250 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||280 hp @ 3,000 rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||8-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||21 mpg (21 city/26 hwy)||24 mpg (21 city/29 hwy)|
|Also Available||5.7-, 6.4-liter V8s; 6.2-liter supercharged V8||2.7-liter turbo V6|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||114.7 inches||112.2 inches|
|Overall Length||189.8 inches||188.8 inches|
|Width||84.8 inches||85.8 inches|
|Height||69.3 inches||68.3 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.1 feet||39.3 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.9 inches||40.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.2 inches||40.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.3 inches||42.6 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.6 inches||40.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.7 inches||60.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||58.0 inches||60.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||105.4 cu. ft.||113.9 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||68.3 cu. ft.||73.4 cu. ft.|