Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

So, you’re shopping for a new SUV to carry you around Medford, Malden, and Everett. Congratulations! You’ll be able to take advantage of powerful capability, high-tech entertainment options, and more when you get behind the wheel. When it comes to the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, which one offers more?

Grava CDJR has compared them side-by-side so you can see which one comes out on top. Read on to see which vehicle is worth taking for a test drive!

Powerful Capability

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer Medford MABoth the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Ford Explorer have versatile engine lineups. The Explorer allows you to choose from an I-4 or two V6 options. In the Grand Cherokee, you can choose from a V6 or any one of three V8 engines.

Not only does the Grand Cherokee offer more engine options, but larger sizes mean more power. The 2019 Explorer maxes out at 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with its 3.5L EcoBoost® V6. The athletic Jeep SUV practically doubles that: Its available Supercharged 6.2L V8 generates 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.

More straight up power, in turn, means more towing power. The 5,000-pound towing capacity in the Explorer means you can tow a small motorboat. The Grand Cherokee, when properly equipped, has a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds—meaning you can upgrade to a sailboat.

Off-Road Utility

It should be no surprise that the Jeep Grand Cherokee excels at off-roading, but let’s take a look at the numbers that back this up.

The 2019 Grand Cherokee has a variety of suspension options and trim levels, each one offering different approach, breakover, and departure angles. Even with its lowest available angles—shown in this chart—it still provides more off-road capability than the Ford Explorer.

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Approach Angle

15.6 degrees

26.2 degrees

Breakover Angle

16.9 degrees

19 degrees

Departure Angle

20.9 degrees

24 degrees

Ground Clearance

7.8 inches

8.1 inches

Just in case those dimensions aren’t enough, the Grand Cherokee also offers skid plates to help protect it from rocks and fallen trees in your pathway. Painted skid plate elements are available in the Explorer, but all they do is give the SUV a more rugged look—they don’t provide any additional protection.

High-Tech Interior

Grand Cherokee Technology Medford MAOverall, the tech in the Explorer feels a little outdated. In fact, the base model doesn’t even have a touchscreen display—which is nearly unheard of in the 2019 model year. Your only entertainment options in this model are AM/FM radio and MP3 playback, with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio optional.

Meanwhile, a seven-inch touchscreen display comes standard in the Grand Cherokee. There’s also the option to upgrade to an 8.4-inch display. The standard Uconnect® 4 system supports Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® streaming, voice commands, and more.

Even when the Explorer does get a touchscreen, it looks cheaply made in comparison to the Grand Cherokee. For instance, the 2019 Grand Cherokee has available piano black accents and chrome trim around its display. The plastic surrounding the Explorer display, though, looks to be low-quality. Plus, the Explorer screen is small and not very intuitive to use.

Test Drive the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee!

From interior comforts to off-road capabilities, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more than the Ford Explorer. See it for yourself at Grave CDJR, your local Jeep dealer serving Medford, Malden, and Everett. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!


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