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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2021 Ford Explorer



Number of 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 Power Output

400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque

There are plenty of family-friendly SUV choices in and around Sandwich, but few compare favorably with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As it happens, the 2021 Ford Explorer is one of the most popular Grand Cherokee alternatives in the greater Falmouth area. So it stands to reason that you’d want to compare the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer. It’s with that in mind that we offer the following competitive comparison! Read on or contact us to learn all about whether the Explorer or Grand Cherokee is the right SUV for you or your family.

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Power

Whether you’re looking to find an SUV that will spice up your Bourne commutes or make trips outside Mashpee more enjoyable, the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee both have a lot to offer. But, that said, the Grand Cherokee offers more — at least in regard to the number of engines you have to choose from! Here’s more information:

  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers four distinct options.
  • The Ford Explorer only offers three engine choices. Plus, even though the Explorer offers negligibly more power in base trims, the Jeep Grand Cherokee about double the Ford Explorer’s horsepower when comparing top engines and their respective output.

Want to learn all about the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer engines? Here’s what you need to know:

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options

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

2021 Ford Explorer Engine Options

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 Capability

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is known for its legendary Jeep 4×4 technology. But that’s not all. It also comes with advanced off-road features to ensure every driver is both safer and more convenient. 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 is available 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, the Explorer comes standard with 2WD vs. the Grand Cherokee and its standard 4WD.

Your Next Jeep Grand Cherokee is for Sale at O'Hara Motors

If, after reading this Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison, like many others, you’ve decided on the Jeep, we invite you to O'Hara Motors in Falmouth for a test-drive. Not feeling up to driving out to our showroom and dealership just yet? No problem! Find your perfect new Jeep for sale online and then get pre-approved instantly and value your trade online.

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