2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

When considering vehicles that provide comfortable interiors, great performance and a whole host of features, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer likely shoot to the top of many lists. Both of these SUVs are spacious yet still feel intimate for Lewisburg, Alleghany, and Ronceverte drivers.

The team at Greenbrier Motors has put together this comparison of the Grand Cherokee and Explorer to take a closer look at these two midsize SUVs and their performance capabilities, towing and versatility options, and interior features. Become a more informed car buyer by reading this Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison!

Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: Performance

When comparing both of these SUVs, you'll have plenty of power for daily drives or weekend adventures. The Grand Cherokee is equipped with a powerful base engine, a 3.6L V6 engine which produces 295 horsepower. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, it provides an EPA-estimated 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. The Ford Explorer base engine is also a V6, providing a comparable 290 horsepower.

The Grand Cherokee shines when it comes to choices, though. With four different engine options, you can receive raw power on the 6.4L V8 engine. This engine provides 470 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful available engine on the 2018 Explorer is a 3.5L V6 engine, which provides 365 horsepower. There's even a Grand Cherokee engine that produces up to 707 horsepower! Now that's powerful.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer Towing and Versatility

While neither the Grand Cherokee nor the Explorer are heavy-duty trucks, they do offer a lot in terms of towing capability. The base edition of the Grand Cherokee allows you to tow up to 6,200 lbs, while the V8 engine power provides towing power up to 7,400 lbs. The Ford Explorer, while commanding in its own right, can only tow up to 5,000 lbs.

The Grand Cherokee features the Quadra-Trac® four-wheel drive system, along with Selec-Trac, which adjusts suspension based on the driving you want to do. There are five difference performance modes on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, including snow, towing, and sport settings. You won't find a comparable feature inside the Ford Explorer.

Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer Interior Features

When it comes to the interior amenities inside the Grand Cherokee, there is plenty to explore. That's due in part to the standard Uconnect® infotainment system, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology. This lets you interact with the touchscreen and link up your smartphone to access apps, music and navigation.

The Ford Explorer base screen is 4.2 inches, and is not a touchscreen. While you can find a touchscreen on the SYNC® 3 interface, it's a feature that isn't available in the base edition of the vehicle.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: The Final Call

Through this comparison of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, you've had the opportunity to learn about both of these SUVs and what they offer Lewisburg, Alleghany, and Ronceverte drivers.

With its strong performance, towing options, and interior features, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee stands tall as a fantastic choice for your next car. Come experience it for yourself with a test drive at Greenbrier Motors today!

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