2020 Subaru Accent vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Jeep has built a reputation as an off-road master, and it's a reputation that's well deserved. But when it comes to the perfect combination of off-road capability, city-friendly comfort, and exemplary features and design, there's no beating Subaru. The 2020 Subaru Ascent starts with a lower price tag than the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it offers much more. On this page, we'll take a look at just how these two SUVs compare. Once you've seen what Subaru can do, we invite you to experience the 2020 Ascent with a test drive.

Subaru Ascent interior with second and third rows folded down

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Design & Capacities

Right from the start, the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee have a huge difference in design. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 2-row SUV that can seat up to five people, while the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a 3-row SUV with seating for up to eight! If you choose the available second-row captain's chairs, the Ascent can still seat up to seven occupants. The 2020 Ascent has greater headroom, hip room, and shoulder room in the first and second rows than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as greater front legroom and identical second-row legroom. In practice, this means that not only can the Subaru Ascent fit more people, but it also gives them more room.

Passengers aren't the only ones who get more room in the 2020 Subaru Ascent: there's also more available room for cargo. The 2020 Subaru Ascent has 17.8 cubic feet behind its third row; folding down this third row will get you up to 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, has 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row. Fold down the second and third rows in the Subaru Ascent and you'll get up to 86.5 cubic feet of space! The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a maximum cargo capacity of just 68.3 cubic feet. For even greater cargo capacity, the Subaru Ascent features standard roof rails, which are available upgrades on the Jeep Grand Cherokee that raise its price tag even further.


2020 Subaru Ascent touchscreen

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Interior Features

Choose the 2020 Subaru Ascent and you'll find a more refined and comfortable interior. Sure, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control. However, the Subaru Ascent does you one better with standard tri-zone automatic climate control. That allows the driver, front passenger, and rear-seat passengers to each set their preferred temperature. The standard six-way adjustable driver's seat in the Subaru Ascent gives you more maneuverability than the four-way seat in the entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee. And, when it comes to technology, every Subaru Ascent includes access to SiriusXM® and HD Radio. This level of entertainment is unavailable in the base Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Performance

At the entry level, the engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee generates a little more horsepower than the Subaru Ascent--but with less torque. The engine in the Subaru Ascent also offers better gas mileage than any of the Jeep Grand Cherokee engine options. In addition to the smoother ride afforded by the horizontally opposed engine and the Subaru Global Platform, this increased gas mileage means that the Ascent is a better choice for driving around town.

Don't let its sensible performance on city streets fool you--the 2020 Subaru Ascent is also capable of off-road exploration! In fact, it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, while the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts out with less capable rear-wheel drive. Sure, you can upgrade the Jeep to four-wheel drive, but it will cost you significantly more.


Subaru Ascent driving down rainy street.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are among the most respected voices in automotive safety, and they have both given the 2020 Subaru Ascent high ratings. Not only did it earn the 2020 Top Safety Pick award, but it also received the highest score of Good in all crashworthiness tests. Not only did the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee fail to earn an IIHS award, but it also got worse crash scores: the second-lowest Marginal rating for the driver-side small overlap front crash test and the lowest Poor rating for the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. This is mirrored in the NHTSA ratings, where the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee scored four out of five stars in the frontal crash rating--a category where the 2020 Subaru Ascent got all five stars. Though the four-wheel drive Jeep Grand Cherokee got a five-star overall rating, the two-wheel drive version received only four stars.


Subaru Ascent with adaptive cruise control activated

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Driver Assistance Technology

Every new 2020 Subaru Ascent is equipped with EyeSight® driver assistance technology. This includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. While these features are available in the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, not all of them can be had on the entry-level model and those that can are costly options. When you consider the advantages of this standard technology combined with the superior safety ratings, it's clear that the Subaru Ascent is simply the safer vehicle for you and your family.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Value

More room. Standard driver assistance technology. Better features. Standard all-wheel drive. The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers all of these benefits over the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it does it at a lower price! Subaru is known for its exceptional value, and that's certainly the case here. Come experience the 2020 Subaru Ascent for yourself!

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 ScorePoor
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS Safety AwardsNone

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.