2020 Subaru Ascent VS 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Do you remember that kid in highschool, the one who tried to give himself his own nickname? It's sort of like that with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. After all, if it's so grand, why does it cost so much more than its segment rivals without giving you more in return? In fact, while its size and capacity are closer in line with the Subaru Outback, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee costs so much it's more comparable in price to the 2020 Subaru Ascent! But the 2020 Subaru Ascent boasts more space inside, a third row for more passengers, superior performance and legendary Subaru durability. Learn more in the side-by-side comparison below and discover why the grandest way to get your family around the Salt Lake City area is in a powerful new Subaru SUV.

New Subaru Ascent Captain's Chairs

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Capacity

The Subaru Ascent is an affordable three-row family SUV with capacity for up to eight passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, meanwhile, is a budget premium SUV with just two rows of seats for up to five occupants. The sporting and luxury aspirations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee mean that it costs just a bit more than the much bigger Subaru Ascent.

Inside the 2020 Subaru Ascent, you'll also get a whole lot more cargo room! Both rear rows collapse to reveal up to 86.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. The much more cramped 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also less versatile, providing just 68.3 cubic feet of maximum space. In fact, if you don't need a three-row SUV, you can get more cargo room in both the two-row Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback than you can in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In addition to a greater number of seats, the 2020 Subaru Ascent makes each one more comfortable! You get more legroom in the front seats and identical legroom in the back, plus greater hip and shoulder room overall compared to the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New Subaru Ascent Premium Speaker System

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Features

With dual-zone automatic climate controls, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers personalized comfort for the passengers up front, but not rear seat occupants. The 2020 Subaru Ascent, by contrast, comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, meaning that the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers can all set individual temperature settings. Tri-zone climate controls aren't even available on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

When it comes to multimedia, both cars feature a standard touchscreen infotainment display and smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. That said, the 2020 Subaru Ascent also provides a standard HD Radio-capable receiver and SiriusXM® All-Access Radio. On the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, you won't find SiriusXM® or HD Radio unless you upgrade to a more costly trim level.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Features

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers some more powerful engines as available upgrades (unlike the Ascent), but those engines will require a whole lot more fuel than the impressively efficient 2020 Subaru Ascent. When you equip it with four-wheel drive, even the base 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee uses more fuel on the highway and in the city than the 2020 Subaru Ascent. Best of all, all-wheel drive won't cost you extra! The revered Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system comes totally standard. 4x4 capability will cost you an extra $2,300 or more on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

At the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Ascent may not make as much horsepower as the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it does make more torque -- resulting in more low-end push for quicker starts in the city.

New Subaru Ascent With Car Seats

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Safety

Crash tests from industry authorities show that the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee leaves a lot to be desired. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2020 Subaru Ascent earned the best-possible score of "Good" in each crash test performed. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee got the second-worst possible score of "Marginal" in the driver's side small overlap frontal crash test and the worst possible score of "Poor" in that same test for the passenger's side. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found similar results, giving the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee a four-star frontal crash safety rating. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Subaru Ascent five stars. There's nothing more important than safety when it comes to choosing your next family shuttle, and we're glad the experts prefer Subaru.

New Subaru Ascent Adaptive Cruise Control

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Safety

Subaru EyeSight®; is a cutting-edge suite of advanced driver assistance features that all come standard on each and every 2020 Subaru Ascent. This suite includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance. And absolutely none of these features come standard on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In fact, in order to get adaptive cruise control on the Grand Cherokee, you have to upgrade to the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited trim level with a whopping $40,050 MSRP -- and then add a $1,495 options package on top of that! Instead, choose Subaru, who doesn't require you to pay more to get the best in protection for you and your loved ones.

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With a starting MSRP of just $31,995, standard all-wheel drive and much more, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is an outstanding value for Utah families. It's got the space and comfort you want as well as the all-weather confidence and capability you demand. The smaller 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is simply out of the question for big families, but it does come with a bigger price tag, starting at an MSRP of $32,240.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
$31,995Starting MSRP*$32,240
7 or 8 OccupantsSeating5 Occupants
27 MPG Highway / 21 MPG CityFuel Economy (AWD)25 MPG Highway / 18 MPG City
All-Wheel DrivePowertrainRear-Wheel Drive (4x4 Available)
AvailableSecond-Row Captain's ChairsNot Available
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlNot Available
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
GoodIIHS Small Overlap Passenger Side Crash Test Score