2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Comparing The Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer

When it comes to large family SUVs, the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are some of the most popular options on the market. Both vehicles come equipped with features that will keep your passengers comfortable and entertained as you take them on a cross-country adventure. The 2021 Ford Explorer is more practical, while the 2021 Grand Cherokee is more flexible with its many different trim levels.

Interior Features

The interiors of both the Explorer and Grand Cherokee are well built and durable. The Explorer's interior is spacious and modern, but the material choice feels a bit lacklustre. Ford uses hard plastics for many of the most common touchpoints in the Explorer. This adds to the durability but lacks elegance. On the contrary, the Grand Cherokee has a cabin that can be customized to your taste. The base Grand Cherokee is more pleasant to touch while still being incredibly durable. If you want a more luxurious experience, Jeep makes it easy to get an interior adorned with metals and leather.

Exterior Features

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer are recognizable when driving down the road, as they have become staples of the family SUV segment over the years. The Grand Cherokee offers a more customizable experience than the Explorer, thanks to the eleven trims available. These range from trims with chrome accents like the Summit trim to trims like the SRT and Trackhawk that lower the Grand Cherokee's off-roading ability but enhance its on-road performance. On the other hand, the Explorer has five available trim levels, which are less specialized than the ones found on the Grand Cherokee. The Explorer overall has a more subdued appearance that commands less road presence than the Grand Cherokee.

Performance and Efficiency

Both of these family haulers approach performance from very different angles. The Grand Cherokee has larger displacement engines that significantly increase the performance with each upgrade. The base 3.6-Litre V6 makes slightly under 300-horsepower, while the top-of-the-line supercharged 6.2-Litre V8 makes over 700-horsepower. Compare this to the Explorer, which has a base powertrain producing around 300-horsepower and a high-performance engine that makes about 400-horsepower. Each engine upgrade for the Grand Cherokee is a drastic change, while in the Explorer, it is relatively tame. The Explorer has the advantage of fuel efficiency thanks to turbocharges and hybrid systems, but it can not compete with the raw power found under the hood of the Grand Cherokee.

Technology and Safety

As far as safety goes, both of these family-oriented SUVs pass with flying colours. Both SUVs come with comprehensive suites of safety features that will help to keep all of your passengers as safe as possible as you cruise around the countryside. Some of the most notable features on both vehicles are a blind spot monitoring system, a lane departure warning system, a lane-keeping assist, and a cross-traffic alert system. You can also get both SUVs with convenience features like adaptive cruise control, automatic parking, and a backup camera with rear parking aid. When you look at technology, the Explorer has put a greater emphasis on configurable displays in its cabin. This leads to fewer physical buttons and a less intuitive control layout in the Explorer. The Grand Cherokee has a more traditional technology setup with an infotainment screen that allows you to control all of your media and navigation easily. Both vehicles have similar technology features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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To get a more comprehensive comparison between the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, contact Metro Chrysler in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Our team would be more than happy to help you trade in your Ford and get you behind the wheel of a new Jeep Today. We can even assist you in getting a great deal when you apply for financing.


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