2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Both the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Ford Explorer come with rabid fan bases nationwide. In Saline, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, you’re bound to pass one on the way to wherever, but which one meets your specific needs?

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) of Saline steps in with their handy comparison to guide you to the right SUV.

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer Trim Levels

If you’re looking for the most variety, the Jeep Grand Cherokee features eight standard trim levels including Laredo E, Freedom, Limited, Trailhawk®, Overland, Summit, SRT®, and Trackhawk®. This does not even mention the four limited editions you can buy.

Ford Explorer shoppers can choose between only five trims like the base trim, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. This may limit what you can get in each model.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Interior

When evaluating the available amenities on board the Jeep, you can add on 8-way power driver and front-passenger seats with memory, a power sunroof, and a heated steering wheel in every trim. Yes, a moonroof and heated steering wheel are available in the Ford, but only in higher trims. As for your front seats, no adjustable settings exist.

Below, we’ll examine the differences between the back row of each vehicle.

Back Row Dimensions



Headroom 39.2 inches 38.9 inches
Hip Room 56.2 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom 38.6 inches 32.2 inches
Shoulder Room 58 inches 54.6 inches

With all the seats up in your Grand Cherokee, store up to 36.3 cubic feet in the cargo area. Unfortunately, the Explorer offers only 18.2 cubic feet with every seat in use.

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer Technology

A longer trip becomes a fun adventure with the right entertainment in your cabin.

In the Grand Cherokee, a deluxe Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System upgrade features 19 speakers, so that you feel like you’re in a movie theater, embraced by the sound. The back seat may call to you with the available Blu-Ray Compatible Screen Video and the Rear Seat Video System.

You can blast the optional 14-speaker B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen, but you won’t be settling in to watch a movie in the back seat of the Ford Explorer.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Performance

Choices can be made in either SUV as to what engine you want because they offer four each. When you do examine the data, though, the Jeep exceeds the power of the Ford. The Grand Cherokee provides you with an available supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that generates 707 horsepower with 645 lb-ft of torque. You can also tow an amazing maximum of 7,200 pounds, a best-in-class honor.

At its best, the enhanced 3.0L EcoBoost® engine, found in the Explorer ST trim, generates 400 horsepower with 415 lb-ft of torque. Also, the ultimate towing capacity tops out at 5,600 pounds, so be aware of how much you need for a trailer or other items you tow.

Which SUV Works for You? 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Whether you choose the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2021 Ford Explorer, you know that you’re getting a fantastic SUV, but it’s best to carefully examine the features before deciding.

Saline, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor car shoppers can go past the written material and take a test drive at LaFontaine CDJR of Saline. Can’t wait to see you there!


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