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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer


Trying to decide between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer? With so many impressive features to enjoy in both models, we are ready to help shoppers in Dallas, Garland, and Arlington, TX, choose which is best for them.

To help you make this important decision, we at Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) have put together this detailed comparison. Read ahead to learn more about how the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. the Ford Explorer stack up against each other when it comes to performance, capability, and safety features!

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer: Performance

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an impressively powerful engine lineup comprised of four different engine options. Standardly, you’ll have a 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine that’s paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drivetrain (RWD).

Switch this engine out for an available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, 6.4L SRT® V8 engine, or the high-powered 6.2L V8 Supercharged engine. This latter engine manufactures an unbelievable 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.

The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, only offers three different engines, which includes its standard 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine and available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine option. The standard 4-cylinder engine will only get you 300 horsepower. Its available V6 engine gets up to 400 horsepower, which falls well short of the Grand Cherokee’s incredible maximum horsepower.

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer: Capability

With all of the power it has coming from under the hood, it’s no surprise that the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a lot of different capabilities. To start, the Grand Cherokee can move quite a bit of trailer weight.

Standardly, the Grand Cherokee can handle 6,200 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. However, with its available engines, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped.

Compare this to the Ford Explorer’s 5,300-pound standard towing capacity when properly equipped. Even with its more powerful engine under the hood, the Explorer can only handle 5,600 pounds of maximum trailer weight when properly equipped.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer: Safety

Whether you’re hitting the backroads for a weekend adventure or heading down the highway to work, you can count on the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s many safety features to have your back. This model offers a wide variety of standard and available active and passive safety features, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera

You’ll get some features like these in the Ford Explorer, like a standard Rear View Camera and available parking assistance. It also comes standard with a blind spot monitoring system, like the 2021 Grand Cherokee.

The Grand Cherokee, though, is the only one of the two that has a trim level equipped to provide safe and steady performance over any terrain. Its Trailhawk trim level comes protected by skid plates, all-terrain tires, and the advanced Quadra Drive® II 4×4 system.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: Which One?

While the Ford Explorer offers a few good features, the added capabilities, power, and safety for off-roading adventures of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee makes this Jeep SUV an excellent choice. Get a closer look at this impressive crossover SUV at Dallas DCJR. Shoppers in Dallas, Garland, and Arlington, Texas, can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call!

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