Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer may well be the two most iconic examples of a crossover sport utility vehicle in existence. Ford began with the Bronco back in the 60s, and the Explorer is a descendant of that model (which itself is being revived in 2020). Jeep started as far back as World War II, the very first maker of modern SUVs.

grand cherokeeIt’s not surprising that drivers and SUV enthusiasts across Mt. Union, Cassville, and Huntingdon, PA, are curious to know which one of these iconic and top-performing crossovers is better overall. Now that a new model year has arrived, it’s the perfect time to check it out. Find out who wins when the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee goes head-to-head against the 2018 Ford Explorer, and determine where you can drive the winning crossover.

Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

This year, the Ford Explorer carries over largely unchanged from last year, getting only a few styling tweaks and the addition of an integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Jeep, on the other hand, has taken it way up a notch by adding a new Trackhawk trim featuring a massive supercharged, 707-horsepower V8 engine. It also makes the 7-inch touchscreen interface standard across the lineup.

Performance and Engines

Let’s face it: technology and convenience are important, but Ford and Jeep have built their reputation and legacy on power and performance. Both offer solid entries in this area, but the Trackhawk level of Jeep, and its class-leading off-road performance, simply leave the Explorer in the dust.

Even at the base level of engine, however, the Jeep comes with 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque from its base 3.6L V6 engine, while the Explorer’s base model is driven by a 3.5L V6 that gets only 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. Ford, of course, can’t even touch the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine at the Trackhawk level of Grand Cherokee, which thumps out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.

grand cherokeeWhen it comes to off-roading, once again Ford can forget it. That’s not to say the Explorer can’t off road; it does okay on the trails and gravel, but it’s designed as a family vehicle, and it doesn’t even have an off-road trim.

The Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, has the Trailhawk® trim level which gives you specialized Quadra-Lift air suspension, the low-range-gearing Quadra-Drive II all-wheel drive system, ascent and descent control for crawling over hills and tough terrain, skid plates to protect the underbody, and a wealth of other features that provide class-leading off-road capability.


As a family-oriented vehicle, you’d expect the Explorer to offer superior technology, but the base level of Explorer gives you only the Ford Sync voice command system via a 4.2-inch display screen that isn’t even a touch interface. It’s got six speakers, and Bluetooth®.

Compare that to the Jeep, whose standard tech features include a 7-inch touchscreen six speakers, dual USB ports, Bluetooth®, satellite radio, heated mirrors, parking sensors, rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.

Test Drive the Grand Cherokee at Price Motor Sales

If you’re in the Cassville, PA, Huntingdon, PA, or Mt. Union, PA, areas, Price Motor Sales has a full line of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee trucks in stock. Stop in and ask about a test drive today or compare other Jeep models!

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