How the 2020 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Compares to the Ford Explorer

February 28th, 2020 by

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How the 2020 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Compares to the Ford Explorer


How Do These SUVs Stack Up?

When you’re looking for a vehicle that fits your needs, it’s important to research all your options. Here at Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Cleveland, we’re committed to working with you to ensure you take home a vehicle you love.

We’ve put together this guide to demonstrate how the 2020 Jeep Cherokee compares to the Ford Explorer. Discover more about this capable SUV below, then come by and experience it for yourself.

Engine Options for Track and Trail

Both of these SUVs offer powerful engine options, but with some big differences in output and efficiency. Under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll find:

  • A 3.6L Pentastar® V6 providing 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and getting an EPA-estimated 19/26 city/highway mpg
  • A 5.7L HEMI® V8 offering 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque while getting an EPA-estimated 14/22 city/highway mpg
  • A beefy 6.4L SRT® V8 powering 475 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque and getting an EPA-estimated 13/19 city/highway mpg
  • A supercharged 6.2L V8—the same engine in the Dodge® Challenger SRT® Hellcat—cranking out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque

While the Ford Explorer’s inline 4-cylinder and V6 engine options offer better fuel economy, the power and torque of the Grand Cherokee engine options make this SUV a strong contender whether on the track or out on the trail.

Tough Capability and Cool Style

Take one look at these two vehicles and it’s clear the Grand Cherokee is ready for off-road adventures. Especially those that carry the Trail Rated® badging, showing that these SUVs have been proven capable in five key areas, including water fording and ground clearance. With its higher ground clearance, the Grand Cherokee is trail-ready.

When properly equipped, the Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,600 lbs. while the Grand Cherokee has plenty of pull for your heavy hauls with a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 lbs.

Inside, both vehicles offer premium interior comforts. The Explorer includes a third row with seating for up to eight, while the Grand Cherokee can seat five. While you’ll bring fewer passengers and cargo items along, the smaller Grand Cherokee will be easier to maneuver and park.

Smart Safety and Technology

These SUVs both bring the functionality of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, but Jeep offers a unique perk: available Jeep Skill for Alexa lets you start your vehicle, check your fuel level, send an address to your navigation system, and more, all with your voice.

With a suite of standard and available safety technology systems on both the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer, every drive can be a confident one. Standard features on the Grand Cherokee include Blind Spot Monitoring, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist, and ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.

Which Grand Cherokee Is Your Favorite?

Visit your Cleveland Jeep dealer today to test drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale—or try them all. With 12 trim levels and dozens of configurations, you can make the Grand Cherokee uniquely yours. And if you’re still deciding which is the best option for your lifestyle, feel free to give us a call or stop in.


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