Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

If you're in the market for a vehicle with a comfortable interior, outstanding performance, and a host of amenities and standard features, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer will immediately come to the top of many drivers' wish lists.

These cars are spacious yet still intimate enough for Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island drivers to enjoy. The sales professionals at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head have compiled this vehicle comparison to take a closer look at the Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer.

Plenty of Power: A Look at Performance

Performance always matters in a car. It's something every driver considers before buying one. Lucky for you, when looking at these SUVs, there's plenty of power for daily drives and weekend adventures alike. The powerful base engine on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 3.6L V6, which produces 295 horsepower. Mated to its 8-speed automatic transmission, it provides an EPA-estimated 19 MPG city/26 MPG highway. The base engine on the Explorer is also a V6, providing 290 horsepower.

Where the Grand Cherokee shines is with the choices it has. There are four different engine options, including the raw power of the 6.4L V8 engine. This engine carries 470 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful engine on the Explorer is a V6 offering 365 horsepower. There's even a Grand Cherokee engine, which provides a pulse-pounding 707 horsepower.

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer Towing and Drivability

Neither the Grand Cherokee nor the Explorer will be mistaken for a heavy-duty truck. Still, they do offer a lot when it comes to the towing capability. The base edition of the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 pounds. The V8 engine powers this Jeep SUV to tow up to 7,200 pounds. The Explorer, while powerful in its own right, maxes out at 5,000 pounds.

The Quadra-Trac 4-wheel drive system is featured in the Grand Cherokee, along with Selec-Trac, which is able to adjust suspension based on the kind of driving experience you want to have. There are five separate performance modes on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, including snow, towing, and sport settings. There's no comparable feature found in the 2018 Ford Explorer.

Interior Amenities

There's plenty worth exploring inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The standard Uconnect® infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. Link up a smartphone and read text messages, access navigation features, and play your favorite songs all with a few taps of the touchscreen.

The base screen on the Ford Explorer is just a 4.2-inch offering and doesn't have touchscreen functionality. While you can upgrade to a touchscreen with Ford's SYNC® 3 interface, it's not a feature that's available in the base edition of the vehicle.

Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: The Final Verdict

Through this comparison of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2018 Ford Explorer, you've had the chance to learn more about these two SUVs. Both offer Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island drivers a lot.

Still, with its engine choices, towing power, and interior amenities, the Grand Cherokee is more well-equipped for your next trip. Take it for a test drive at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head today.

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