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Are you in the market for a SUV that can double as a family-ready commuter and an off-roading master? Let us introduce you to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 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 (CDJR) of Walled Lake near Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Commerce Township, MI, have 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 a SUV with the strength and poise of a superhero. Luckily, in the new Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, you’ll be the most powerful supermom or superdad on the block. Both vehicles offer many engine configurations with powerful outputs.
Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Walled Lake MI

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Configurations

Engine

Horsepower

Torque

3.6L PENTASTAR® V6

295 HP

260 lb-ft

5.7L HEMI® V8

360 HP

390 lb-ft

6.4L SRT® V8

475 HP

470 lb-ft

Supercharged 6.2L V8

707 HP

645 lb-ft

Compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Explorer has one less engine configuration. Let’s examine the Explorer’s power outputs next.

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Configurations

Engine

Horsepower

Torque

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4

300 HP

310 lb-ft

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

365-400 HP

380-415 lb-ft

3.3L Hybrid

318 HP

322 lb-ft

Besides having one extra engine configuration under the hood, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers a higher power output compared to the Ford Explorer. While the Explorer does have a hybrid engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts a supercharged model with incredible horsepower—perfect for those looking for some pep in their step during daily drives.


Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Towing and Off-Roading

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Walled Lake MIWhen you think of Jeep as a brand, do you immediately think of excellent off-road capabilities? If so, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no stranger to the trails. While both the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer offer available 4-wheel drivetrains, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 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 a 10.8-inch ground clearance while the Explorer offers 7.8 inches. The Jeep can also help you get through up to 20 inches of water.

Despite both vehicles offering systems and amenities to help you out of a bumpy situation, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee holds the Trail Rated® badge while the Ford Explorer does not. 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 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds while the Ford Explorer can haul 5,600 pounds. If you need to carry 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 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are both capable of handling what is thrown their way. However, thanks to its many powerful engines and 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 Commerce Township, Michigan, today to schedule a test drive.


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