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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer


Midsize SUVs are prominent vehicles on the roads these days for many practical reasons. Fuel economy continues to improve, and the passenger and cargo space are superb, providing a balance between size and drivability. While there are many midsize SUVs to choose from, the bold new look of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is catching drivers’ attention across the Medford, Malden, and Everett, areas.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a worthy competitor for the popular Ford Explorer, and you can learn why with this in-depth comparison from the folks at Grava CDJR.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Specs

Power and Performance

Power matters in an SUV because it highly affects performance and towing. The maximum towing capacity of the Grand Cherokee with 4-wheel drive is 7,200 pounds when properly equipped, while the properly equipped Explorer comes in at 5,600 pounds. In addition, the Grand Cherokee has four engine options, while the Explorer has three.

The Grand Cherokee is slightly shorter than the Explorer, with 69.3 inches and 69.9 inches, respectively. This has a positive impact on handling and maneuvering in areas with limited space. The smaller size and increased handling also mean better control when towing a boat or a trailer.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Space

Passenger and Cargo Area

The available space for passengers and cargo is also a vital consideration when choosing a midsize SUV. The 2021 Explorer now has a third row, but the seating area is only big enough for children, and it comes at the expense of cargo volume.

The Grand Cherokee brings 36.3 cubic feet of cargo area, compared with the Explorer’s 18.2 cubic feet. The Explorer’s third-row seats can fold down, but the folded down third row still takes up precious cargo area. Whether you’re headed out of a family road trip or just running daily errands, the Grand Cherokee will allow you to fit more luggage or shopping comfortably.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Technology

Technology Advances

Outstanding technology is becoming more standard on vehicles, which is great for infotainment, navigation, and safety features. Both the Explorer and Grand Cherokee have nice suites of technology available on even the standard models.

The Explorer comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot360™, which gives you a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and blind-spot monitoring. The 2021 Grand Cherokee has these safety features plus Trailer-Sway Damping, which is another important boost to handling the Grand Cherokee when towing. Each SUV has upgradable advanced safety features.

One of the best perks of the Grand Cherokee is that it comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which are excellent for staying connected to your in-car infotainment touchscreen through your smartphone.


Test Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee

While the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Ford Explorer are both impressive midsize SUVs, when you look at the power, performance, and essential features you want in a vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee stands out.

Visit our Jeep dealership to find out how you could look and feel driving a new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee around the areas of Medford, Malden, and Everett. Schedule a test drive with us at Grava CDJR today!


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