Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer
The SUV is one of the most popular vehicles on the road today. That’s easy to see; just take a quick drive around Mansfield, Attleboro, or Norton. However, it wasn’t always that way, not even a little!
The SUV originated with the military vehicles used in World War II, but it didn’t start to gain popularity in the United States until the late 1980s and early 1990s with popular models from Jeep and Ford.
Today, two of the best-selling SUVs on the market are the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Ford Explorer. That’s why our team at Station Chrysler Jeep wrote this informative car comparison.
2019 Grand Cherokee vs Explorer: Specs
The new Grand Cherokee and new Ford Explorer run on similarly powered base engines. The 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 in the Jeep serves up 295 horsepower. Right on its tail is the 3.5-liter V6 in the Ford, which cranks out 290 horsepower. You’ll see robust acceleration from either engine.
However, at the high end of the power spectrum, the Grand Cherokee advantage becomes clear. It has a track-ready supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out a whopping 707 horsepower. That blows away the output of the range-topping engine of the Explorer, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 with 365 horsepower on tap.
Test drivers report that both SUVs drive smoothly over rough pavement, so you can expect a comfortable drive in each.
More SUV Capabilities
Headed off-road? These two vehicles feature several features to help you handle the trails. Available 4-wheel drive (4WD) provides some extra traction when you need it most. With these SUVs’ selectable terrain modes, you can customize driving dynamics for the ground beneath your wheels.
At the end of the day, though, the Explorer is really only prepared to handle light off-road duty. The Grand Cherokee has what it takes to tackle the toughest terrain, including available features like:
- Brembo® performance brakes
- Locking rear differential
- Adaptive air suspension
The Jeep makes for a more powerful towing machine, too. With a 7,200-pound towing capacity, it can handle a water ski boat or lightweight camping trailer with ease. The Explorer can’t quite keep up, with a still-respectable 5,000-pound trailering capacity.
Advanced Technology Features
The 2019 Grand Cherokee and Explorer serve up excellent connectivity technology in the form of SYNC® 3 (Ford) and Uconnect® (Jeep) infotainment systems. Both systems offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for smartphone integration. Pair your phone with the touchscreen and use your favorite apps!
However, this system only comes standard on the Jeep SUV. A 7-inch touchscreen or an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen makes swiping and seeing the display easier than ever.
The base system on the Ford, meanwhile, offers just a 4.2-inch display (non-touch) screen. It lacks the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ features, hampering the vehicle’s connectivity options.
Schedule Your Exclusive Test Drive at Station Chrysler Jeep of Mansfield!
If the debate is still raging on in your head, then we encourage you to resolve it once and for all. Stop by our Jeep dealership and test drive the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
It really doesn’t matter if you live in Norton, Attleboro, Mansfield, or any of the surrounding Massachusetts towns or cities; you can get in touch with us today, because we’re here to serve you. It’s really quite simple!