2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What Are the Differences?

2020 Jeep Compass vs. Grand Cherokee

When choosing an SUV, its size is often a primary consideration. In this review, the team at Champion Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Indianapolis, IN, compares the qualities and capabilities of the midsize 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV to the compact 2020 Jeep Compass SUV. When you’ve determined which Jeep SUV is right for you, search our inventory to locate your favorite model and trim. Give us a call, contact us online, or start a chat if you have questions or would like to schedule a test drive. You can also learn more about each model’s trims on our Compass and Grand Cherokee trim pages.


Offering more powertrains, higher levels of performance, and greater towing ability, the 2020 Grand Cherokee delivers more ― if power and strength are what you’re after. If you’re looking for an SUV that can tow up to 7,200 pounds, then the Grand Cherokee might be the SUV for you. If, however, you want an SUV that gets best-in-class gas mileage on the highway and can maneuver city streets and parking spaces with ease, then the Compass is worth a look.

The 2020 Compass features six-speed manual transmission with optional eight-speed automatic transmission; the 2020 Grand Cherokee engines all pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission.


Engine Options & Performance Specs

2020 Jeep Compass

 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® I4

  • 180 HP
  • 175 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 23 city/32 hwy MPG
  • 2,000 lbs. max. towing capacity
  • Optional automatic engine stop/start

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  3.6L V6

  • 295 HP
  • 260 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 19 city/26 hwy MPG
  • 6,200 lbs. max. towing capacity

  5.7L V8

  • 360 HP
  • 390 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 14 city/22 hwy MPG
  • 7,200 lbs. max. towing capacity

 6.4L V8

  • 475 HP
  • 470 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 13 city/19 hwy MPG
  • 7,200 lbs. max. towing capacity

 6.2L Supercharged V8

  • 707 HP
  • 645 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 11 city/17 hwy MPG
  • 7,200 lbs. max. towing capacity

Exterior Design

Both the 2020 Grand Cherokee and 2020 Compass offer power liftgates, dual pane panoramic sunroofs, and LED tail lamps. The contemporary design of the 2020 Compass gives off a modern adventure vibe that is accentuated by a black grille with black, chrome, and Neutral Gray rings and an available Gloss Black roof. Offering nine trim levels, including the trail-rated Trailhawk® trim, you’ll find ten standard and available wheel designs available on the Compass. Premium high-intensity discharge lights, a daytime running lamp system, front tow hooks, black side roof rails, and variable intermittent windshield wipers are also key features.

The 2020 Grand Cherokee evokes luxury adventure and is available in 12 trims that include off-road ready and premium luxury options, The Grand Cherokee features remote vehicle start, halogen quad headlamps, premium fog lamps, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior

Interior Features

With five-passenger seating and 59.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, the 2020 Compass features stylish interior details, including Gunmetal/Black interior accents, optional Black and Ski Grey interior colors, ambient interior lighting, a premium Alpine® audio system, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, front passenger fold forward seat, a full-length floor console, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

The 2020 Grand Cherokee also seats five passengers and offers 68.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Also available are a hidden cargo floor, heated and ventilated front leather seats with suede inserts, heated second-row seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, active noise control system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon® high-performance audio system with active noise cancellation, eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar adjust, a standard fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and slush mats by Mopar®.


Both the 2020 Jeep Compass and 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offer GPS navigation, a Jeep Uconnect® infotainment system with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, SiriusXM Guardian™, 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot, Bluetooth® technology, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

The Compass features a seven-inch digital gauge cluster while the Grand Cherokee features an instrument cluster with off-road display pages.

2020 Jeep Compass exterior

Safety Features

Be prepared for the unexpected with over 70 standard and available safety and security features on both the 2020 Compass and 2020 Grand Cherokee. The 2020 Compass comes equipped with eight standard airbags, while the Grand Cherokee features seven. The Grand Cherokee also features automatic high-beam headlamps. Both vehicles are built on a high-strength steel frame.

With more features offered as standard equipment on the Grand Cherokee, both SUVs do offer:

  • LaneSense® lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Full-speed forward collision warning with active braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • ParkSense rear park assist
  • ParkView® rear backup camera
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection
  • Parallel and perpendicular parking assist