2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2021 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

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are two of the segment’s most capable midsize SUVs with impressive performance and off-roading capabilities. However, only one can take up space in your garage or driveway. Which makes more sense for your budget and lifestyle? Below, we’ve compared the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, so you can see how much more the new Grand Cherokee offers! 

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

Dependable performance is a staple of any worthwhile SUV. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021 Ford Explorer deliver rugged performance, however, when you look more closely at their options, you’ll notice that the Grand Cherokee offers more options. In fact, the Grand Cherokee offers four engines, while the Ford Explorer offers three. Here’s an overview of their engine specs below: 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines

3.6L V6 Engine:

  • 293 hp
  • 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity

6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS Engine:

  • 475 hp 
  • 470 lb-ft of torque
  • 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Engine:

  • 707 hp
  • 645 lb-ft
  • 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity 

2021 Ford Explorer Engines 

2.3L EcoBoost I-4

  • 300 hp
  • 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,300-pound towing capacity

3.0L EcoBoost V6

  • 400 hp
  • 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,600-pound towing capacity

3.3L Hybrid

  • 318 hp
  • 322 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 mpg city/26 mpg highway EPA-estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Roading Capabilities 

If you and your family spend a lot of time camping or exploring off the beaten path, you’ll likely be happier inside a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee is equipped with an Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™, which includes the following features for safer towing and overall travel: 

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

Although the Ford Explorer offers its own Terrain Management System with selectable drive modes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s system outperforms it in testing. So, when you want an SUV with unparalleled off-roading prowess, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a must-drive! 

Test Drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee Today! 

In a Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison, the Grand Cherokee stands out with more engines, and it’s also better equipped for off-roading around Bensenville. Better yet, the Grand Cherokee now comes with additional seating thanks to the Jeep Grand Cherokee L seven seater. If you’re ready to see the Grand Cherokee in action, contact us online or call us at Call sales Phone Number630-491-9832 to schedule a test drive. Don’t forget to browse our offers and incentives for opportunities to save on a new Jeep SUV! 


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