The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. the 2021 Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2021 Ford Explorer
$34,645 MSRP


$34,250 MSRP
Standard 3.6Liter V-6

Base Engine

2.3-liter EcoBoost 4 Cylinder
293 horsepower


270 horsepower
Four Wheel Drive

Standard Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive
19/26 mpg city/highway

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy

27/29 mpg city/highway
105 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

152.7 cubic feet


Midsize SUVs remain one of Houston driver’s preferred vehicles for several reasons, including versatility, maneuverability, safety, interior room, and many more. There is no doubt that there is no shortage of choices for mid-sized SUVs to choose from, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer have remained two of the best-known makes and models for many years now.

These two vehicles are similar in price, specifications, and size. Still, there are a few significant differences between them that will come in handy when choosing which style is suitable for you. It is time to see what the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. the 2021 Ford Explorer looks like.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. The 2021 Ford Explorer: Performance Specifications

While both vehicles do have similarities, the most significant difference between them is the performance specifications. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has eleven trim levels, each one more powerful than the last. The base model engine is a 3.6-Liter V6 which outperforms the Ford Explorer base model engine specs of a 2.3-Liter EcoBoost engine. The Jeep Cherokee boasts the 4WD, higher horsepower at 293 horsepower, a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds, and Trail Rated® badge, signaling the (means the Jeep® Brand 4×4 and guaranteed off-road capabilities). Here is a breakdown of the available engines on the Jeep Cherokee vs. the Ford Explorer:

Jeep Grand Cherokee available engine options include:

  • 3.6-Liter V6
  • 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.4-liter V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque (only available on SRT trim)
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque (Only available onTrackhawk trim)

Ford Explorer available engine options include:

  • 2.3-Liter Ecoboost engine 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.0L V6 with 400-hp / 415 lb-ft of torque (only available on ST trim)
  • Twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque (only available on platinum trim level)

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. The 2021 Ford Explorer: Interior Features

When making your commute from Clear Lake to Houston, you want your drive to be one of comfort. You really cannot go wrong with either vehicle, as both cars offer you convenient Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability and premium leather upholstery.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee does offer a Uconnect® infotainment system which is user-friendly and offers safety features.

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Now that you have the generalities of how the 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs. The 2021 Ford Explorer looks like contact us with questions you may have about the Explorer, the new Jeep Gladiator engine, Jeep Grand Cherokee L trim levels, and more. Then, schedule your test drive in your new midsize SUV.

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