Jeep Grand Cherokee VS Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee VS Ford Explorer

When shopping for a mid-size SUV you may end up considering two domestic American mainstays. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer have been mainstays in the SUV world for decades. Consumers across the industry have praised both for their versatility and reliability. The Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts superior off-road capability, attractive aesthetic appeal, and powerful engine options. The Ford Explorer offers versatility, a spacious cabin, and the latest in Ford technology. Both vehicles bring a lot to the table, and we’re going to take a look at the key differences in these legendary vehicles.


Both models offer several powertrain options depending on the amount of performance you are looking to get out of your SUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee engines out performs the Ford Explorer on every model. Base model for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is only 5 additional horsepower and 5 additional torque; however, as the engine options get larger the Ford explorer can’t keep up with the performance. The largest Explorer engine only produces 365-horsepower, while the Dodge 6.4L HEMI produces 475-horsepower, and the 6.2L Hellcat engine offers 707-horsepower.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 6L V6 Engine—295-horsepower—260 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-L HEMI V8—360-horsepower—390 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.4L HEMI V8—475-horsepower—470 lb-ft of torque

Ford Explorer

  • 5L V6 Engine—290-horsepower—255 lb-ft of torque
  • 3-L turbocharged four-cylinder—280-horsepower—310 lb-ft of torque
  • 5-L twin-turbo V-6—365-horsepower—350 lb-ft of torque



Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped standard with a 5-inch Uconnect touch screen. This can be upgraded to an 8.4-inch touch screen. Uconnect is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and offers a suite of features such as Bluetooth and voice recognition. The Ford explorer also offers an infotainment system. The Ford SYNC 3 comes standard in 6.5-inch screen and can be upgraded to 8-inch. The SYNC 3 offers similar features as Uconnect with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. While these two infotainment systems are vastly similar the consensus in the industry is that the Uconnect infotainment system is the most intuitive on the market. It also offers the most compatibility and available apps which make it the most desirable infotainment system on the market.

On and Off-Road Capability

Both these vehicles handle great on the road and offer similar control and agility that make them standouts in the mid-size SUV world. Where the Jeep Grand Cherokee shines though is its off-road performance, and if you are so inclined, its track performance. Jeep off-road capability is really unmatched in the industry. They have some of the best 4×4 systems on the market. Combine superior 4×4 drive system with one of the many powerful engines and you have an unstoppable off-road vehicle. They both have great ground clearance for off-road but the Jeep Grand Cherokee as better approach and departure angles. If having a bit of muscle is what you need in your mid-size SUV, then the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the only option. The Trailhawk trim offers a Hellcat engine that produces 707-horsepower and is one of the fastest vehicles on the road.

The clear winner is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It outperforms in all the areas that matter to serious SUV buyers. If you are interested in learning more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then schedule a vehicle demonstration today at Rairdon’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Kirkland. Our award winning customer service team can help you find the perfect Jeep that fits all your driving needs.