Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Ford Explorer


Starting MSRP


Trim Levels

3.6L V6

Base Engine

2.3L EcoBoost I-4
293 hp

Base Horsepower

300 hp

Engine Options

707 hp, 645 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Output

400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

Want an SUV that can handle rugged rides and family road trips with equal ease? Then it’s time to compare the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer. Both vehicles are well-known for tough performance and engine strength, along with spacious dimensions. So, which is the ultimate SUV? Though the Explorer is a popular pick, it’s the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee that really shines on the Logansport roads. Take a look and see for yourself:

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

Both vehicles boast impressive specs for the Rensselaer driver, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a few clear advantages over the Ford Explorer for the Monticello area. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has four different engine options compared to just three options for the Ford Explorer, and the Jeep also has far greater output at its highest configuration. Take a look:

Jeep Grand Cherokee

3.6L V6 Engine:

  • 293 HP
  • 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine

  • 360 HP
  • 390 lb-ft of torque
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS Engine:

  • 475 hp 
  • 470 lb-ft of torque
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Engine:

  • 707 hp
  • 645 lb-ft
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity 

Ford Explorer

2.3L EcoBoost I-4

  • 300 hp
  • 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 5,300-pound towing capacity

3.0L EcoBoost V6

  • 400 hp
  • 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 5,600-pound towing capacity

3.3L Hybrid

  • 318 hp
  • 322 lb-ft of torque
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Ability

If you’re ready for an adventure in Monon, there’s really nothing like a Jeep for those off-road journeys. Jeep has long had a reputation for durability and capability both on- and off-road, and the Grand Cherokee offers signature Jeep performance features like 4×4 technology. Plus, the Grand Cherokee offers Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ with:

  • Hill Descent Control ™
  • 180-degree camera with split-view and washer
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control ™
  • LED Headlamps with Auto High Beams

The Ford Explorer offers its own Terrain Management System with selectable drive modes, but the tried-and-true Jeep Grand Cherokee has dazzled industry experts time and time again on performance tests.

Choose Your Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer Winner!

You’ve read all the evidence in our Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison, so which will it be? We think the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the clear winner, and luckily, it’s waiting at Twin Lakes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for your test drive! Swing by Monticello to get behind the wheel, check out our latest offers and incentives, and contact us with any questions!

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