Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer




Trim Levels

3.6L V6

Base Engine

2.3L EcoBoost I-4
293 hp

Base Horsepower

300 hp
707 hp, 645 lb-ft of torque

Max. Output

365 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque
3,265 kg

Max. Towing Capacity

2,540 kg

Are you shopping for a rugged SUV that can traverse even the harshest of terrain? If so, you may be considering a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Ford Explorer. Both SUVs surpass others in their segment with powerful engines and impressive off-road capabilities. However, you can only choose one, and we at Manitou Mainline Chrysler think you’ll have everything you need at the wheel of the new Grand Cherokee. Read on to compare the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer and see which is truly right for you!

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Engine Specs

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer offer competitive performance specs to Regina drivers. Whether you’re looking for a great family vehicle for vacations or off-roading adventures, both are top choices. Which offers better engine specs, Explorer or Grand Cherokee? Below, you’ll find the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer engine overview.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with four engines: 

  • 3.6L Pentastar™ VVT V6 Engine with Stop/Start
  • 5.7L HEMI® VVT V8 Engine with FuelSaver MDS
  • 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Engine
  • 6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS Engine

Horsepower ranges from 293 hp to 707 hp, and you can tow up to 3,265 kg with the 5.7L engine and above.

The Ford Explorer is available with three engines: 

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Engine
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 Engine
  • 3.3L Hybrid Naturally Aspirated V6 Engine

Horsepower for the Ford Explorer ranges from 300 hp to 365 hp, and its towing capacity maxes out at 2,540 kg with the EcoBoost V6 engine.

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Ability

If you want an SUV that can conquer rugged terrain around Moose Jaw with ease, the Jeep Grand Cherokee fits the bill. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is outfitted with Jeep’s renowned 4×4 technology. In addition, it offers plenty of state-of-the-art features to give you an edge on and off the beaten path. With the Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 System, you’ll have access to the following:

  • Two-speed transfer case with torque management and 2.72:1 low range
  • Four low mode locks front and rear driveshafts for low-speed power, rock crawling, and towing
  • Available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, which includes four modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, and Sand & Mud
  • 44.1:1 crawl ratio for slow, controlled crawling over rocky terrain
  • Neutral mode capability for optional flat towing behind a recreational vehicle

The Ford Explorer is available with Ford’s Terrain Management System™ with Intelligent 4WD. This system includes a series of drive modes, including Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and a new Eco mode. However, many of the models in the Grand Cherokee lineup, such as the Summit, ride on the Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension System with driver-selectable settings. You’ll enjoy a much smoother ride inside the Grand Cherokee!

Find Your Jeep Grand Cherokee at Manitou Mainline Chrysler

Now that you’ve had a chance to compare the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, it’s time to get behind the wheel of the Grand Cherokee! Manitou Mainline Chrysler is here to help you choose the ideal trim, colour, and feature set. Contact us online or call us at 306-946-4646 to schedule a test drive. Browse our new vehicle specials for offers on a brand-new Jeep SUV like the Grand Cherokee!

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