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Are you in the market for an SUV that can double as a family ready commuter and an off-roading master? Let us introduce you to the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2022 Ford Explorer. These SUVs boast spacious interiors and rugged capability. However, which one is best for your lifestyle?

Our team at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walled Lake near Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Farmington Hills, MI, has put these two powerhouse performers up against each other in this vehicle comparison. Keep reading below to see how the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer match up.


Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Performance: Optimized Power

When you have a large family or a heart full of adventure, you need an SUV with the strength and poise of a superhero. Luckily, in the new Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, you’ll be the most powerful super mom or super dad on the block.

Both vehicles offer many engine configurations with powerful outputs. The Jeep Grand Cherokee includes the standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 and available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engines.

When it comes down to the most power, though, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has it in spades. With its available 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine, it generates 470 lb-ft of torque, which exceeds that of the Ford.

The Ford provides you with three engines as well. The 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine comes standard, while you can opt for the available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine instead. It also has an optional 3.3L Hybrid V6 engine. However, the most torque this SUV puts out is 415 lb-ft.

Although these vehicles both offer three engine options, the Jeep is perfect for those looking for some pep in their step during daily drives.


Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Towing and Off-Roading

When you think of Jeep as a brand, do you immediately think of excellent off-road capabilities? If so, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no stranger to the trails. While both the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer offer available 4-wheel drive systems, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk sports an impressive badge—Trail Rated® capability.

To be considered for this badge, a vehicle must pass these five tests with flying colors: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. Besides having uncompromising power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts 11.3 inches of maximum ground clearance, while the Explorer offers up to 8.7 inches. The Jeep can also help you get through up to 24 inches of water.

Despite both vehicles offering systems and amenities to help you out of a tricky situation, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee can hold the Trail Rated® badge, while the Ford Explorer cannot. So, if you want extra reassurance out on the trail, the Grand Cherokee may be your best option.

Towing Capabilities

Thanks to these SUVs’ impressive powertrains, they also can tow some serious cargo. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped, while the Ford Explorer can pull 5,600 pounds when properly configured. If you need to bring along a slightly larger boat or camper, the Jeep Grand Cherokee may be the way to go.


Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: Which Is Your Favorite?

Whether you use these SUVs for daily drives or weekend fun, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are both capable of handling what is thrown their way. However, thanks to its many powerful engines and available Trail Rated® badge, we believe the Grand Cherokee is the perfect addition to your hustling and bustling lifestyle.

Do you agree? If so, stop by LaFontaine CDJR of Walled Lake near Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Farmington Hills, Michigan, today to schedule a test drive.


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