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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2021 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP


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


If you’re searching for a strong and capable SUV for your family adventures, then you’re probably looking at the 2021 Ford Explorer or the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles offer powerful performance — even on their base engines — and they have enough interior space and amenities to keep those longer Sioux Falls trips comfortable. However, we feel that you’ll agree when we say the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more capability and better overall performance than the Ford Explorer. Compare the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs the Ford Explorer with Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT to see which vehicle is best for you!

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer offer excellent performance capabilities to Sioux City drivers that are looking to upgrade their commute and prepare for those longer family vacations. 

  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers four engine options for Brookings drivers to choose from. 
  • The Ford Explorer only offers three. And while the Explorer offers more available power on its base engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers almost twice as much horsepower than the Ford Explorer on its top engine. 

We’ve listed the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer engine specs for you below:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines

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 Engines 

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

If you’re looking for an SUV that can offer you more capability when you take the road less traveled in Brookings, then the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be your vehicle of choice. Not only does the Grand Cherokee have the legendary Jeep 4×4 technology, but it also comes with advanced off-road features to ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. The Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ offered on the Jeep Grand Cherokee includes: 

  • 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 also comes with an off-road system — the Terrain Management System — that has selectable drive modes for up to seven conditions to improve vehicle traction and stability. However, when compared with each other on performance tests, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Terrain Management System™ comes out ahead on Mitchell roads every time. 


Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT

Now that you’ve compared the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its interior features in our online model showroom. Then, browse our special offers to see how you can get additional savings on your new vehicle purchase. When you’re ready, begin your finance application from the comfort of your home! Contact us with your questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

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