Jeep Grand Cherokee VS. Ford Explorer

How Does the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Compare to the New Ford Explorer?

When you're shopping for SUVs, it's only natural for Jeep to enter the conversation. It's one of the most popular automakers in the market today, a distinction it's earned by making top-tier vehicles like the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Spacious, comfortable, and incredibly capable, the Grand Cherokee provides features and performance that rank it among the best that its segment has to offer.

It's not alone in doing that, however. Other vehicles like the Ford Explorer have also distinguished themselves as go-to sources of high performance. What question does that leave for consumers like you? Which mid-size SUV is better, the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Explorer? Let's take a look at what they both have to offer.


The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

With a spacious interior that can seat five and high-performance powertrains that include the most powerful in its segment, the Grand Cherokee is perfect for everything from weekday commutes to weekend wilderness adventures.

Performance: 3.6-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 260 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon), 5.7-liter V8 (360 horsepower, 390 pounds-feet of torque, 14/22 miles per gallon), 3.0-liter diesel V6 (240 horsepower, 420 pounds-feet of torque), 6.4-liter V8 (475 horsepower, 470 pounds-feet of torque, 13/19 miles per gallon), 6.2-liter supercharged V8 (11/17 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Uconnect Infotainment System, Dual-zone Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Rearview Camera, Heated Seating, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Ventilated Seating, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist

Starting Price: $31,000

The 2018 Ford Explorer

One of the models that helped to popularize SUVs, the Ford Explorer provides seating for seven, robust media features, and enough rugged performance to fare well in a variety of conditions.

Performance: 3.5-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 255 pounds-feet of torque, 17/24 miles per gallon), 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 (280 horsepower, 310 pounds-feet of torque, 19/27 miles per gallon), 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (365 horsepower, 350 pounds-feet of torque, 16/22 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Sync Infotainment System, Ford's MyKey, Dual-zone Climate Control, Dual-Panel Moonroof, Built-In Navigation, Blind-Spot Detection, Inflatable Rear Seatbelts, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Handsfree Power Liftgate

Safety Price: $32,000


While the Ford Explorer is, in fact, an excellent SUV with a lot to offer, it's more expensive than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and fewer options. The Grand Cherokee is, overall, just better equipped to handle tough terrain, rough roads, and off-roading. This is especially true if you invest in the Trailhawk trim, which employs special tweaks to amp up its performance to heights the Explorer only brushes against.

To learn more about everything the Jeep Grand Cherokee has to offer, get in touch with us at Hondru Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Elizabethtown, PA. We're proud to be a source of excellent cars, SUVs and more for drivers in Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Columbia, Middletown, and more.



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