2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Explorer Comparison

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer




Trim Levels

3.6L V6

Base Engine

2.3L EcoBoost I-4
293 hp

Base Horsepower

300 hp

Engine Options

707 hp, 645 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Output

400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque

Fans of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are among the most loyal in the automotive industry. With its legacy of SUV innovation paired with Jeep’s 80-year rugged history, it’s a tough vehicle to beat on Coweta County roads. That said, the Ford Explorer also has roots in SUV history that have made it well-loved, too. We’ve already seen how the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee compare. Let’s take a look at how the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee compares to the 2020 Ford Explorer at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

In choosing Explorer or Grand Cherokee, you’ll find two excellent-performing SUVs that Douglas County drivers will love. However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has four engine options, while the Ford Explorer only has three. While the Explorer has a more powerful base model, the higher engine options on the Grand Cherokee can generate almost twice the horsepower as the Explorer. Take a look at the engine specs:

Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 3.6L V6 Engine:
    • 293 HP
    • 269 lb-ft of torque
    • 19 MPG City/ 26 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • 6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS Engine:
    • 475 hp
    • 470 lb-ft of torque
    • 13 MPG City/ 19 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 7,200-pound towing capacity
  • 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Engine:
    • 707 hp
    • 645 lb-ft
    • 11 MPG City/ 17 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 7,200-pound towing capacity

Ford Explorer

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4
    • 300 hp
    • 310 lb-ft of torque
    • 21 MPG City/ 28 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 5,300-pound towing capacity
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6
    • 400 hp
    • 415 lb-ft of torque
    • 18 MPG City/24 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 5,600-pound towing capacity
  • 3.3L Hybrid
    • 318 hp
    • 322 lb-ft of torque
    • 23 MPG City/26 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
    • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Ability

When it comes to off-road ability between Explorer or Grand Cherokee, Jeep wrote the book. Featureing Jeep’s iconic 4×4 technology and advanced off-road features that include the Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™. It’s no contest between Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer when it comes to going off-road near Villa Rica: the Grand Cherokee is the winner thanks to gear like:

  • Hill Descent Control ™
  • 180-degree camera with split-view and washer
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control ™
  • LED Headlamps with Auto High Beams

The Ford Explorer does have a 4×4 system — the Terrain Management System — that has selectable drive modes for up to seven conditions to improve vehicle traction and stability. In tests, though, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven itself to be the off-road winner.

Choose Your Explorer of Grand Cherokee Winner at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Choose a winner when you choose the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee! Check out our new Jeep Cherokee inventory, then contact us and let us know which one you’d like to make your own! Our friendly staff can’t wait to get you into a new Jeep Grand Cherokee!

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